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July 1st:
1935 . . Benny Goodman and his band recorded the "King Porter Stomp".
1956 . . Elvis Presley appears on US Steve Allen Show in black-tailed suit singing "Hound Dog" to a basset hound. Presley is instructed not to dance, and cameras shoot him from the waist up only, following complaints about his 'suggestiveness'. TV critic John Crosby attacked Elvis' performance, calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer'.
1962 . . Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
1963 . . Del Shannon's version of the Beatles' "From Me to You," which he'd learned while touring with them in England, becomes the first Lennon-McCartney song to make the U.S. singles chart, reaching No.77.
1967 . . The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', their 10th US No.1 album.
1968 . . Following the group's backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour as The Hawks, The Band released their debut album 'Music From Big Pink', which features their first hit single The Weight.
1969 . . Sam Phillips sells Sun Records for undisclosed sum to Nashville mogul Shelby Singleton
1969 . . John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon, later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.
1973 . . Special 'Slade' trains were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to see Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band at Earl's Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00.
1975 . . Ringo Starr divorces his first wife, Maureen.
1975 . . 10cc topped the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...", which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire where the band recorded the track.
1976 . . Paul McCartney purchased Buddy Holly's entire publishing catalog from Norman Petty.
1977 . . Liv Tyler was born. Her mother is the notorious groupie Bebe Buell, and her father is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. By the time Liv is born, Bebe had gone back to her previous boyfriend, Todd Rundgren, and Rundgren raised her as his own. Liv was 11 years old when she found out Steve Tyler was her real dad.
1978 . . The Texxas Jam kicks off at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat, cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers.
1983 . . Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram's Mercury records. They had also been considering the name Johnny Electric.
1989 . . Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Joe Jackson, The Robert Cray Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pixies, R.E.M., Tanita Tikaram, and Texas all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
1989 . . The video for "If I Could Turn Back Time" takes place on board the battleship USS Missouri, where Cher, in her memorable, very revealing one peice black bathing suit, sings to a large group of sailors, while the ship was stationed at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard at Pier D along with the crew.
1995 . . R.E.M., The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley, Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
2000 . . Kylie Minogue topped the UK singles chart with 'Spinning Around', the singers 5th No 1 single. 'Spinning Around' gave Minogue the honor of being one of three artiststo have a No.1 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The others being Madonna and U2.
2001 . . Rolling Stone Ron Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait.
2002 . . Six postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.
2004 . . Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old musician was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.
2006 . . The Who, Roger Waters, Primal Scream, Texas, Starsailor, and Razorlight all appeared at the two day Hyde Park Calling festival in London.
2007 . . Concert for Diana takes place at Wembley Stadium in London. Performers include Duran Duran, Elton John, Fergie, Joss Stone, Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, Rod Stewart, and Tom Jones.
2008 . . American entertainment company, Live Nation, continue their pursuit of music industry domination by preparing to roll out their own ticketing venture.
2008 . . Gym Class Heroes' lead singer Travie McCoy assaults a fan who shouts out a racial slur just as their set finishes during the Warped Tour in St. Louis.
2008 . . Crüe Fest starts off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour features Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. The tour earnt $40 million.
2009 . . Sir Cliff Richard was ordered to demolish a £30,000 conservatory at his home in Surrey after the local council ruled that the conservatory should never have been built. The planning committee said the building contravened policy on green belt areas because it added more than 30% extra floor space.
2009 . . Michael Jackson dominated the Top Ten of Billboard's album chart, with 'Number Ones' at the top, 'The Essential Michael Jackson' at No.2, Thriller was No.3, 'Off The Wall' was No.4, 'The Jackson 5's Ultimate Collectio'n held the No.5 spot, 'Bad' was at No.6, 'Dangerous' was No.7, 'Greatest Hits - HIStory - Vol. 1' was in at No.8 and Michael's 'Ultimate Collection' occupied the No.9 position!!
2009 . . Micheal Jackson became the 1st act to sell more than 1 million song downloads in just a week, it was the week after his death.

July 2nd:
1955 . . ABC Television premiered "The Lawrence Welk Show" .
1956 . .
John Burnette Trio begin sessions at Owen Bradley's Barn Studios in Nashville, recording Oh Baby Babe and Long Train Kept a'Rollin'
1956 . . Buddy Holly released his first single, "Blue Days, Black Nights"/"Love Me".
1956 . . Elvis Presley recorded 'Hound Dog' at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley.
1962 . . Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.
1963 . . UK record companies increased the price of records, making singles 6 shillings and 8pence ($0.93) and albums £1.12 shillings, ($4.48).
1966 . . David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, UK, (they were paid £30). The Powerhouse which featured Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones also performed.
1969 . . Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchel quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival.
1971 . . Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
1973 . . Roxy Music's synthesiser player Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer Bryan Ferry.
1976 . . Benjamin Britten is created Baron Britten of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, less than six months before his death.
1976 . . Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first time in 12 years. On the next night, the show was recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special.
1979 . . Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple's iPod and other new digital devices.
1980 . . Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.
1981 . . Bruce Springsteen played the first show ever at the 21,000 seat Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.
1982 . . Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail; he had been charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's Fulham Road.
1984 . . Epic Records set a record as two million copies of the Jacksons’ "Victory" were shipped to stores. It was the first time that such a large initial shipment had been made.
1986 . . Prince's 2nd movie, a musical drama "Under The Cherry Moon" was released.
1988 . . Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five No.1 singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went to the top of the US charts. The other 4 chart-toppers from the LP ‘Bad’ were the title track 'Bad', ‘I Just Can't Stop Loving You’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’.
1990 . . Representatives of the Italian Catholic Church, angry about Madonna's alleged inappropiate use of crucifixes and sacred symbols,succeed in their attempt to halt her concerts in Rome
1991 . . Guns 'n' Roses' Axl Rose, sparked a riot during a concert outside of St. Louis when he jumped off the stage and attacked a fan who was videotaping the concert. Around 60 people were hurt and 15 fans were arrested.
1996 . . AC/DC played the first of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker world tour.
1999 . . R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, Barenaked Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at this years Oskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark.
2001 . . Liverpool Airport, UK, was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was there to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle's famous self- portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from his 'Imagine' album.
2005 . . MTV and VH1 aired the 8 hours of the Live 8 concerts. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, including U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and Destiny's Child among many others, were held in 10 cities around the world, London, Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Barrie in Canada,
to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.
which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks
2008 . . Arriving from Miami, DMX is arrested at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport for failing to appear in court for the charges leveled on May 9 including animal cruelty, drugs and weapon charges.
2008 . . The gravestone of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen from his grave in Macclesfield Cemetery. It had the inscription ‘Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80’ and the words ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

July 3rd:
1950 . . West Indian jazz and classical pianist Hazel Scott premiered with her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, on the DuMont Television Network which made her the first coloured lady in the US to have her own TV show.
1956 . . Elvis Presley meets Gene Vincent at Grand Central Station in New York City.
1957 . .
Ray Charles's first LP, Ray Charles, is released on Atlantic.
1967 . . A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, UK for the Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.
1968 . . David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time at an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell's house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.
1969 . . Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones drowned in his swimming pool under mysterious circumstances at his home, Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex.
1969 . . The 4 day US Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island kicks off. Performers include James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After.
1970 . . The 3 day Atlanta Pop Festival kicks off, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.
1971 . . Doors' singer Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15, 000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their respects.
1973 . . David Bowie 'retires' his stage persona Ziggy Stardust in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith Odeon at the end of his 60-date British tour.
1975 . . Chuck Negron, the lead singer from Three Dog Night was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.
1976 . . Brian Wilson returns to stage for first time in twelve years at a Beach Boys concert in front of 74,000 people at Anaheim.
1981 . . Remaining Doors join hundreds of fans in a graveside tribute to Jim Morrison at Pere Lachaire Cemetery, Paris.
1982 . . After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK charts, Damned's guitarist Captain Sensible started a 2 week run at No.1 with his version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk' from the 1949 musical South Pacific.
1985 . . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England.
1986 . . Greg Carroll, a U2 crew member was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song 'One Tree Hill' on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.
1995 . . Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland was sentenced to one year's probation. after being convicted of buying crack cocaine.
1995 . . Jewel makes her debut TV gig on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where she is spotted by actor Sean Penn. The two would begin dating shortly after.
1995 . . Courtney Love's request to spread the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is turned down by Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.
1995 . . The members of R&B group TLC file for bankrupcy despite continued success. The group claims their money was mismanaged by Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her production company Pebbitone Inc. Reid denies the claim and said she was trying to get TLC a better deal with their record label, LaFace Records, but things weren't working out.
2000 . . Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.
2002 . . Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Ozzy Osbourne, underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer.
2002 . . Session violinist Bobby Valentino serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of 'Young At Heart.' Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.
2002 . . Three diners at a newly opened Britney Spears owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made official complaints.
2002 . . Sony/ATV Publishing announced it would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for $157 million.
2002 . . Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.
2003 . . Libertines' singer Pete Doherty was arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat's flat and stealing a laptop computer and a guitar.
2004 . . Glenn Danzig gets in a fight backstage after a Danzig show when a member of support band North Side Kings confronts him because they were bumped from the bill and didn't play that night. Danzig pushes the guy but gets punched in the face in retaliation.
2004 . . David Crosby was fined $5,000 by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.
2007 . . Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates' Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.
2008 . . Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, UK.
2009 . . Algerian music star Cheb Mami is sentenced by a French court to 5 years in prison for abducting his ex-girlfriend and trying to force her to have an abortion. Mami is best known for his collaboration with Sting on the song Desert Rose.
2011 . . Unable to walk since a botched operation two years earlier, Little Richard is wheeled in with a piano to perform at the "A Capitol Fourth" concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It's his first performance since the operation.

July 4th:
1828 . . "Hail to the Chief" is performed by the United States Marine Band for President John Quincy Adams at the opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
1832 . .
The song "America" was sung in public for the first time at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA.
1895 . . The song "America the Beautiful" was published.
1942 . . The Irving Berlin musical, "This is the Army", opened at New York’s Broadway Theatre.
1952 . . Vera Lynn scores first British No. 1 in the US with Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart.
1955 . . Gene Vincent's leg is crushed when his motorcycle is struck by a car in Franklin, Virginia.
1958 . . Buddy Holly played three shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.
1964 . . All 5 members of The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on 'Juke Box Dury', this was the only time the show ever had five panellists rather than four.
1966 . . The Beatles accidentally snub Phillipine first lady Imelda Marcos, and her husband pulls their police protection. A mob then attacks the Fab Four.
1967 . . Tom Jones appeared on the first telecast of CBS-TV's "Spotlight"
1968 . . Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women's charity, which raised $35,000.
1969 . . The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1969 . . The 2 day Atlanta International Pop Festival kicked off at the Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, GA; it featured 22 acts including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield .
1969 . . Their performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival landed Grand Funk Railroad a record deal.
1970 . . Cliff Richard released his 50th single 'Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha' it peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.
1970 . . Casey Kasem hosted radio’s "American Top 40" for the first time.
1973 . . Don Powell, drummer with Slade, was badly hurt in the car crash that killed his girlfriend Angela Morris.
1974 . . Barry White married Glodean James of Love Unlimited.
1974 . . Steely Dan give up live performing after a show in Santa Monica so they could focus on studio work. They didn't tour again until 1993.
1974 . . The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show debuts on CBS.
1976 . . Paul Revere got married onstage during the intermission of his concert at King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati on America's bicentennial.
1976 . . The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, UK.
1977 . . Bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing 'artistic integrity', as the cause of his departure.
1980 . . Beach Boys give a free concert to half a million people in Washington DC, the first of a series of Independence Day concerts.
1982 . . Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden.
1982 . . Diana Ross began her first solo world tour at Giant Stadium in the Meadowlands.
1984 . . Ringo Starr sits in on drums with The Beach Boys during their Miami concert.
1985 . . The Beach Boys were joined on stage by Mr. T on drums, in Philadelphia.
1986 . . The second Farm Aid benefit concert kicks off at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
1990 . . Paul Stanley from Kiss was involved in a car crash in New Jersey sustaining neck and back injuries.
1992 . . John Phillips, ex-member of Mamas And The Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles Medical Centre.
1993 . . The Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond's Revue Bar, London.
1995 . . On the first day of Lollapalooza music festival in George, WA, Courtney Love hit Kathleen Hanna lead singer of Bikini Kill. Courtney received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management.
1999 . . Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice marries the soccer star David Beckham.
2000 . . A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.
2001 . . Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.
2002 . . George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single 'Shoot The Dog'. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.
2002 . . Michael Abram, the man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the anger of George's widow, Olivia.
2002 . . Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London's Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building.
2004 . . Ja Rule was arrested for driving while his licence was suspended and being in possession of marijuana. He was stopped by police after changing lanes without signalling, he later pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.
2005 . . U2 won their court case for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat and earrings which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin's Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items.
2007 . . Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington's e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail.
2008 . . The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens in Sweden where the group attends the screening.
2010 . . George Michael was arrested "on suspicion of being unfit to drive" after police received reports of a car that had crashed into a building in north London. On September 14th he was sentenced to eight weeks in jail.
2012 . . Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 - 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder.
2015 . . UK sing and "Britian's Got Talent" judge, Alesha Dixon, got critizised for her performance of the National Anthem at The British Grand Prix. Social media sites ridiculed the singer after she sang the British national anthem in an 'American Accent' and 'Wrong Words'.

July 5th:
1954 . . Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of 'That's All Right'. Producer Sam Phillips had them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley's first release on Sun Records.
1955 . . Chuck Berry's song "Maybellene" is copyrighted in Berry's name alone, but Alan Freed's name is added as a form of payola.
1956 . . Billie Holliday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, published by Doubleday in New York
1963 . . The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles - Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney's group Wings.
1964 . . The Four Seasons play at the White House at the invitation of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.
1965 . . Dick Clark launches the musical variety show "Where The Action Is", with Paul Revere & the Raiders as the house band. The show lasts 3 seasons on ABC.
1965 . . Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane over the 6 weeks.
1965 . . Berry Gordy Jr, Motown's president appeared on the TV show 'To Tell The Truth; the Supremes performed after his identity is revealed.
1966 . . Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers had an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.
1966 . . On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards girlfriend, Chas Chandler of The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England.
1968 . . Bill Graham officially converts Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco to Fillmore West.
1969 . . Chuck Berry, The Who, and Bodast all played two shows, 5.30 and 8.30pm, at The Royal Albert Hall. 5/- to 30 shillings per ticket.
1969 . . Jerry Butler and The Impressions appeared on ABC-TV's American Bandstand, but they sang separately.
1969 . . Rolling Stones give free concert in London's Hyde Park to an estimated 250,000 fans as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner's New Church also appeared on the day.
1975 . . Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album 'Wish You Were Here' with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage.
1978 . . The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the Rolling Stones album cover for "Some Girls" due to complaints from celebrities, including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.
1983 . . Bauhaus' farewell concert took place Hammersmith Palais, London.
1984 . . The Everly Brothers launch their first tour together in eleven years, in Cincinnati.
1993 . . Whitney Houston's 115 date world tour kicked of as played the first of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.
1994 . . Hootie & the Blowfish released their debut album, Cracked Rear View; it eventually became the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.
1995 . . More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of Deadheads were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain.
1995 . . The U.S. Justice Department decided not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster.
1999 . . The Eurythmics announced there first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat 'Rainbow Warrior' moored on the Thames.
2000 . . Suede's management company sacked their accountants after becoming concerned about financial irregularities. A court order was issued to seize the group's accounts from the last eight years.
2001 . . A pair of Sir Elton John's Salvatore Ferragamo diamond-encrusted sandals went under the hammer for charity. The sandals were auctioned to raise funds for Elton's Aid Trust and were snapped up for £13,000 by singer Ronan Keating as a present for his wife.
2002 . . It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning £62m in the last year, £37m from his own earnings plus £25m from his record label Aftermath.
2002 . . Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.
2003 . . The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.
2005 . . Pink Floyd's David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: "This is money that should be used to save lives". UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s - Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox - Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.
2007 . . A 3 day rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival at Singleton Park.
2012 . . For the second year in a row, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was honoured in two categories at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. The 65-year-old won the specialist programme of the year award for his Absolute Radio show, and saw his weekly guest slot named best feature. Absolute also took the station of the year award.
2015 . . Nicki Minaj misses her Wireless Festival slot, the US rapper blamed “travel issues”, after she failed to appear for her scheduled time on stage in Finsbury Park,London; she eventually arrived two and a half hours late.

July 6th:
1937 . . Benny Goodman and his band recorded "Sing, Sing, Sing".
1954 . . WHBQ in Memphis becomes the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they played "That's Alright Mama".
1957 . .
John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing.
1961 . . The Liverpool 'Mersey Beat' newspaper was founded.
1964 . . The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," premiered at The Pavilion in London.
1966 . . Mike D'abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
1966 . . Elvis Presley's Paradise Hawaiian Style movie opens nationwide.
1967 . . Pink Floyd appear on the British TV show Top Of The Pops for the first time, performing "See Emily Play".
1968 . . Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire kicked off; a two-day fest featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Donovan, Taste, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Family, Pentangle, Alexis Korner, Tim Rose, and Duster Bennett.
1971 . . Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted "Make Your Own Kind of Music" on NBC-TV.
1971 . . Legendary jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died.
1973 . . Rock band Queen released their debut single, 'Keep Yourself Alive' in the UK. ( music & lyrics by their guitarist, Brian May and Barry Mitchell, was the bassist of Queen at this time) .
1975 . . Rolling Stone Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.
1976 . . The Damned made their London debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club.
1977 . . During a Pink Floyd concert before a crowd of 80,000 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Bassist Roger Waters having become increasingly irritated by a fan until he exerts his frustration by spitting on him. The incident becomes the catalyst for the group's next album, The Wall.
1978 . . US rock guitarist Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money.
1984 . . The Jacksons began their 55 concert, Victory Tour in Kansas City, Missouri. They grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to charities.
1992 . . David Gates from Gateshead, UK was given one year's probation for stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.
1996 . . The official song of The England Football team, "Three Lions" by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1999 . . East 17 were dropped by their record company after the bands last album had sold less than 20,000 copies.
2002 . . George Harrison's widow Olivia put the couple's home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn't bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.
2003 . . The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, because of the controversy regarding her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war. She had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.
2004 . . The 40th anniversary of the world premiere of 'A Hard Day's Night', was celebrated with a private reunion of the cast and crew, hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis.
2005 . . Grammy award winning Rap star Lil' Kim was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand jury to protect friends. (She had been convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March 2005) Kim told the court "I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong". Lil' Kim was also fined £28,000.
2007 . . Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne's hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend'’.
2007 . . Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer's car with an umbrella earlier this year. In a message on her website, she said: "I apologise to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago." She said she got "carried away" preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.
2009 . . Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker announce they are leaving Panic At The Disco.
2011 . . Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after breaking into a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier this year. The owners of the music shop, from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said to be pressing charges against him. Doherty admitted to The Sun Newspaper he smashed the shop window, but said he didn't remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.
2012 . . Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling £2.2m of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. She was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist's bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins' crimes were "rooted in greed and nothing else".
2015 . . Blur's Damon Albarn was removed from stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a mammoth five-hour set. He was headlining the event with his Africa Express project and was joined on stage by artists like Laura Mvula and Nick Zinner. After playing The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go, he encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled.

July 7th:
1927 . . First British DJ, Christopher Stone, begins broadcasting his record show from BBC Studio, Savoy Hall.
1955 . . Elvis purchased a new Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 in blue with a black roof. Elvis had the car repainted by Art, a neighbour on Lamar Street. Art designed a customised pink color for Elvis which he named "Elvis Rose," but the car kept its black roof. Once the car was finished Elvis gave it to his mother Gladys as a gift.
1956 . . Johnny Cash made his first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry."
1967 . . The Monkees started a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.
1968 . . The Yardbirds played their last gig before splitting up straight after they appeared in Luton.
1971 . . Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of Abba were married.
1975 . . Keith Richards was arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas.
1979 . . The Boomtown Rats made a personal appearance at the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in London.
1980 . . The original lineup of Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included 'Black Dog', 'Rock and Roll', 'Kashmir', 'Trampled Underfoot' and 'Stairway To Heaven'. They finished the show with 'Whole Lotta Love'.
1984 . . The song "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, became the biggest selling single of all time in Britain.
1989 . . It was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums.
1993 . . Mia Zapata of Gits was found strangled in Seattle at the age of 27.
1998 . . Michael Jackson and his financial partner Don Barden announced their intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland called "Majestic Kingdom" in Detroit.
1999 . . It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played.
1999 . . Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and two years probation after he pled guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.
2000 . . Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, was hospitalised after she slit her wrists after her husband's show as part of the 'Up in Smoke Tour' at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and later sued Eminem for defamation after he described her violent death in "Kim".
2000 . . Bobby Brown was released from a Florida jail after serving 26 days for violating probation. The probation stemmed from a 1996 drunk driving incident in Hollywood, FL.
2000 . . Patsy Kensit confirmed her separation from Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.
2000 . . The BBC imposed an early-evening ban on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled "Rock DJ."
2007 . .Live Earth took place. The 24-hour, 7 continent series of concerts featured more than 100 music artists.
2009 . . Michael Jackson's funeral was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Britain's Got Talent 2009 finalist Shaheen Jafargholi, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder all participated.

July 8th:
1946 . . Ava Gardner divorced bandleader Artie Shaw after one year of marriage. She went on to marry Frank Sinatra in 1951.
1958 . .
The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America /RIAA. The award went to the soundtrack "Oklahoma!"
1965 . . The Dave Clark Five movie, "Catch Us If You Can", premiere in London, but it was renamed to "Having a Wild Weekend" for its US release.
1967 . . UK's Melody Maker weekly ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. He was later given a conditional discharge.
1969 . . Marianne Faithfull, at the time, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, took an overdose of barbiturates on the set of the movie "Ned Kelly." She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, and was later dropped from the movie.
1970 . . The Everly Brothers begin a run of two and a half months on ABC TV (US) as hosts of The Everly Brothers Variety Show
1971 . . A minor riot occurred during a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Some fans were injured and two boxes were damaged causing a temporary ban on rock gigs. The group paid £1,467 for damages to property.
1972 . . David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust for the first time at a "Save The Whales" benefit concert in London. He announces on stage, "I'm Ziggy".
1972 . . The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Top acts included Edgar Winter, The Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, Claire Hamill, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Three Dog Night, The J. Geils Band and The Groundhogs.
1974 . . David Bowie's album 'David Live', was recorded at Tower Theater, Philadelphia. This was Bowie's first official live album and released in Oct '74.
1978 . . Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo, Glasgow, they both recieved a fine.
1979 . . The B-52's made their UK live debut at the Lyceum Ballroom, in London; they were supported by The Tourists.
1981 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was seriously ill following stomach operation
1984 . . Bob Dylan’s European tour finish at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. He was joined on stage by Van Morrison when they duetted on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. U2’s Bono, (who went to interview Dylan) duetted with him on Blowin’ In The Wind and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs.
1985 . . "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna.
1997 . . Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan and Carli along with their sister Trysta, were killed in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band's shows. All three were in thier 20s.
1998 . . The Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
1998 . . Two armed men broke into Foxy Brown's home, she and her mother were both in the apartment at the time, but suffered no injuries.
1998 . . The Daily Mail hailed Billie Piper one of their "Top of the Poppets" as the unknown pop star hit the headlines when she went straight to No. 1 in the charts with "Because We Want To" at just 15 years old. It made Billie the youngest female star to reach the top spot since Helen Shapiro managed the same feat in 1961 with Walkin' Back To Happiness.

1998 . . It was agreed that the music and film archives of Frank Sinatra would be to housed at The Smithsonian and Library of Congress.
1999 . . Take That's ex-manager Nigel Martin Smith decided to make a career change, as an undertaker. It was reported that he was unhappy after a recent bereavement so he decided to buy a local funeral firm in Manchester.
2002 . . Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry's treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a 'conspiracy' among record companies, especially towards black artists, saying Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola was a "devil" and a "racist" who did not support his African-American artists. A spokesman for his record label, Sony, said the remarks were 'ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful'.
2003 . . A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of his former girlfriend Linda Thompson, went up for auction on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetches over $100,000.
2004 . . Mark Purseglove known as the world's ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. He had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world's biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
2006 . . Queen guitarist Brian May made a "substantial" donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. The exact amount is not known, but was enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years.
2007 . . Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until 3.am but Prince didn't take to the stage until 2.45am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance.
2011 . . Troubadours: The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter, Morgan Neville's full-length documentary was aired by the BBC, in which James Taylor and Carole King's first-hand account of the genesis and blossoming of the 1970s singer-songwriter culture in LA

July 9th:
1954 . . Frank Sinatra makes solo debut on UK chart with 'Young at Heart'
1956 . . Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV
1958 . . Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records.
1966 . . Rod Allen bass player with The Fortunes was taken to hospital after being injured when fans pulled him from the stage during a gig at The Starlight Rooms in Lincoln.
1969 . . John Lennon makes solo debut on UK chart with 'Give Peace a Chance'
1977 . . Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer operator at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics factory to become a full time musician.
1989 . . New Edition's production manager was charged with criminal homicide after allegedly shooting the support acts security man after they ran over their stage time.
1995 . . The Grateful Dead give their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field.
1998 . . MTV Networks Europe announced in London the launch of freeform music channel M2 Europe. It was the first TV station to be launched on the internet.
1999 . . Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.
2004 . . David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat "an acutely blocked artery".

July 10th:
1900 . . 'His Master's Voice', was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1964 . . 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles return to Liverpool for the northern premiere of the groups film 'A Hard Days Night'.
1968 . . The band Nice are banned from the Royal Albert Hall after burning the American flag on stage, in an anti war protest
1968 . . Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break up following a farewell tour.
1969 . . The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place at Hatherley Road Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones' own epitaph, 'Please don't judge me too harshly'.
1975 . . Cher filed for divorce from Greg Allman, just ten days after the couple had married.
1978 . . Rocker Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones was knocked unconscious after falling from the stage during a Stones concert in the US.
1979 . . Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in prison for income tax evasion.
1989 . . David F Pearsall age 18 from Manchester, New Jersey was charged with theft after stealing a guitar at a concert in Riverfront Park belonging to Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
1991 . . U.S. President George Bush presented a National Medal of Art to Roy Acuff.
1997 . . Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Lucho Brieva were married.
2002 . . A Scottish group who said they had the name 'Blue' first, took UK boy band Blue to court. Scottish group Blue who had a UK No. 18 hit in 1977 had issued the band with a writ over who had the rights to the name.

July 11th:
1959 . . Joan Baez makes her first recording, a duet with Bob Gibson, at the Newport Folk Festival
1962 . . First transatlantic TV broadcast made via Telstar Satellite. Raymond Baxter commentates from UK. The event is celebrated with a No. 1 for the Tornadoes some months later.
1967 . . Kenny Rogers forms First Edition after leaving the New Christy Minstrels.
1976 . . Andy Gibb married his girlfriend Kim. The couple divorced in 1978
1977 . . The opening night of The Vortex Club, Wardour Street, London with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits and Sham 69.
1986 . . Queen headline at Wembley Arena
1992 . . A range of eight 'ties', designed by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went on sale in the US. President Bill Clinton bought a set. The collection grossed a million in the US by the end of the year.
1995 . . Mike Mills (R.E.M.) underwent emergency intestinal surgery in Germany. Seven shows of R.E.M.'s European tour had to be cancelled.
2000 . . Lars Ulrich (Metallica) was the first witness to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning free sharing of music files on Web sites such as Napster and MP3.com.
2000 . . After being sacked 'out of the blue' last year, Richard Ashcroft's ex- manger Jazz Summers issued a writ citing breach of contract for an undisclosed sum said to be 'in excess of £50,000'.
2002 . . The funeral of The Who's bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds. More than 200 mourners filed into the 12th century church of St Edward in Stow-on-the- Wold.
2010 . . Little Feat's drummer, Richie Hayward's liver cancer seemed in remission and while waiting for a liver transplant, Little Feat played at Vancouver Island Music Festival. Richie was slated to play just a couple of tunes, but once he was sat behind his kit, he bravely finished out the night, played fantastically, filling out that Little Feat sound. He sadly died a month later on Aug 12th.

July 12th:
1954 . . 19 year old Elvis Presley gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company and signed a recording contract with Sun Records.
1959 . . Alan Freed began a 13 week Rock & Roll show on ABC-TV.
1961 . . Pat Boone began a 10-day tour of South Africa.
1962 . . The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums. The band was billed as Mick Jagger and The Rollin' Stones. They were paid £20 for the gig.
1969 . . Half of America's Top 40 AM stations ban the Beatles' new single 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' because of the line 'Christ, you know it ain't easy'
1970 . . Janis Joplin makes concert debut with new group Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Kentucky
1972 . . First performance of Peter Maxwell Davies's opera Taverner at the Royal Opera House.
1980 . . Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
1986 . . Boy George and singer Marilyn were arrested in London for possession of drugs.
1988 . . Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.
1992 . . Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) was arrested at New York's JFK airport on a warrant from St. Louis, MO. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert.
1996 . . Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain was charged with drug possession after the death of the bands keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room.

July 13th:
1939 . . Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band with the songs "Melancholy Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart."
1956 . . Gene Vincent enters UK chart with 'Be Bop A Lula'
1963 . . The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London appearing at The Alcove Club, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
1965 . . Paul McCartney was presented with five Ivor Novello Awards at a lunch party at The Savoy, London. John Lennon refused to attend; Paul was 40 minutes late after he had forgotten about the engagement.
1973 . . Queen releases their debut album "Queen".
1973 . . 'The Everly Brothers died ten years ago', says Don Everly on the stage of the John Wayne Theatre, Buena Park, California. Just afterwards, brother Phil smashes his guitar and walks off, ending the career of the duo
1976 . . The first issue of UK punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue was published, with features on The Stranglers, Ramones and Blue Oyster Cult. Former bank clerk Mark Perry edited the fanzine.
1990 . . Curtis Mayfield was badly injured after a strong gust of wind blew a lighting rig on him during a outside concert in Brooklyn, New York.
1991 . . Bryan Adams's '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' begins record-breaking sixteen-week run at top of UK chart
1991 . . The Everly Brothers foundation bought 80 acres of land in the brother's hometown, planning to build a theme park and museum in honour of the duo.
1998 . . RealNetworks Inc. rolled out a test version of RealSystem G2. G2 is a streaming video and audio delivery system.
2002 . . Oasis played a version of "My Generation" during their set at T in the Park as a tribute to John Entwistle.

July 14th:
1949 . . English actress and singer Betty Driver's show "A Date with Betty", was first broadcast live from the People's Palace in London's East End.
1967 . .
The Who begin their first US tour as support band to Herman's Hermits.
1969 . . Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with The Band at the Mississippi River Rock Festival. He performed three songs
1973 . . During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and stormed of stage, Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split.
1973 . . Ray Davies of The Kinks makes an emotional outburst during a performance at White City Stadium, announcing he is quitting the group. He later withdraws the statement.
1980 . . Allen Klein ex manager of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones began serving a two-month prison sentence for falsifying tax returns.
1980 . . Bryan Ferry collapsed in his hotel room in France and was flown to London suffering from a kidney infection.
1982 . . Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', had it's movie premier in London.
1987 . . Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989 . . At The Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarists broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed 'Louie Louie' for 30 minutes.
1989 . . Cyndi Lauper released the first closed-captioned video. The video was for the song "My First Night Without You."
1995 . . George Michael announces he's settled his long running dispute with Sony and has been released from his contract. He signed a contract with Dreamworks SKG label who allegedly pays Sony $40 million.
1997 . . Walkers Spice Girls Crisps went on sale in the UK, over 16 million bags were sold by the end of the year.
2006 . . Jimi Jamison left rock band Survivor once again. Former McAuley Schenker Group singer Robin McAuley replaced him on lead vocals.

July 15th:
1952 . . An eight year old Gladys Knight appeared on the TV show talent show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. She won the top prize of $2,000 for her performance of Nat King Cole's "Too Young".
1952 . . Country singer Patti Page started her summer replacement series on CBS, in Perry Como's usual timeslot three times a week for 15 minutes.
1958 . .
John Lennon's mother Julia was killed when she was knocked down by a car.
1966 . . Percy Sledge earns a gold disc in the US for 'When a Man Loves a Woman'
1968 . . The Beatles' new enterprise, Apple, moved into its new corporate HQ on 3 Savile Row, London, later the site of their famous "rooftop concert."
1973 . . At the 'The Great Western Express' fest, White City, London, Ray Davies, newly separated from his wife, announced that he was leaving The Kinks, saying he was absolutely sick of everything and was retiring. After which he walked into the local hospital and collapsed. Ray was suffering from exhaustion and he returned to the group within the week.
1978 . . Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience in history for a single artist at Blackbushe Airport in England, when over 200,000 fans turned out.
1980 . . Linda Ronstadt made her dramatic debut in Joseph Papp's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates Of Penzance" at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
1986 . . Columbia Records dropped singer, Johnny Cashfrom their books; he had been with Colombia for 28 years.
1989 . . Pink Floyd play to more than 200,000 people in Venice at a free concert.
1998 . . Aerosmith were forced to cancel a forthcoming US tour after Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident. The drummer's car set on fire and was completely destroyed as he was filling up with petrol. He was admitted to hospital with second-degree burns.
1999 . . The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years, a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
2000 . . Bob Seger's 62 foot boat Lightning won its division in the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI.
2000 . . a Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he turned up a day late in court to give evidence. Ryder told the court he had been on a bender. A man was cleared of dangerous driving and assaulting Ryder.
2002 . . A boat captained by Bob Segar won its division in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.
2005 . . Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the Village People, was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his convertible in Daly City, south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics.
2006 . . Deryck Whibley Sum 41 front man, married Avril Lavigne in Montecito, California. The marriage lasted just over three years.
2007 . . Bret Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, launches the VH1 reality TV show Rock of Love. In it, dozens of women compete in a voting competition to get engaged to Bret Michaels, who never takes off his head rag or cowboy hat the entire time. The show ran for three seasons, during each of which, twenty-some women got eliminated and one woman gets the right to be Bret Michaels' girlfriend, but breaks it off with him shortly after the end of each season!!
2009 . . 45 years after he played at the Ed Sullivan Theatre with The Beatles, Paul McCartney returned to the venue to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman. Earlier in the day, he played from the theater's marquee, surprising the people in Manhattan.
2009 . . According to Billboard, since Michael Jackson's death which occurred on June 25th 2009, American consumers have purchased more than 2.3 million of his albums.
2011 . . To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Adult Contemporary chart, which had various names over the years, including Easy Listening, Billboard published its list of the top 100 Adult Contemporary songs of all time, with Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" at No.1, followed by "Lead Me On" by Maxine Nightingale and "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker.
2012 . . "Gangnam Style" performed by K-Pop singer PSY, is unleashed upon the world. The song debuts on YouTube and went on to become the most-watched video ever in history, surpassing even Justin Bieber's hit "Baby" !

July 16th:
1934 . . The NBC Red radio network premiered the musical drama, "Dreams Come True."
1960 . . Hank Ballard and the Midnighters become the first group to place three records at the same time on Hot 100 - 'Poppin' Time, Let's Go Let's Go' and 'The Twist'
1962 . . The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the US.
1966 . . Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed the band Cream.
1970 . . Janis Joplin joined Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan onstage at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael with the Grateful Dead to sing his signature "Turn On Your Lovelight".
1972 . . Smokey Robinson made his last appearance with The Miracles at a concert in Washington DC.
1976 . . Allman Brothers go thier seperate ways
1980 . . 'No Nukes' concert film with Bruce Springsteen and Doobie Brothers premieres in New York
1986 . . 'Dollywood', Dolly Parton's theme park opens in Tennessee
1995 . . Rap singer Queen Latifah was the victim of a car-jacking attempt that went wrong, leaving her bodyguard shot and wounded.
1996 . . Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries accepted an undisclosed settlement after a London newspaper reported that she appeared on stage without panties.
2000 . . The Corrs presented a petition to the European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the Internet.

July 17th:
1946 . . Child star Petula Clark made her first appearance on British TV, aged 13.
1954 . . The first Newport Jazz Festival was held at the Newport Casino, in Newport, RI.
1961 . . Motown Records released The Supremes' first single, "Buttered Popcorn."
1972 . . A bomb placed under a ramp at the Montreal Forum blows out cones of 30 speakers stored inside one of Rolling Stones' equipment trucks. No one knows who did it or why. 'Why didn't that cat leave a note?' says Mick Jagger
1974 . . Moody Blues open their recording studio in West Hampstead, the first quadraphonic studio in the UK
1979 . . Lead guistist, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.
1986 . . Tower Records open their first major UK store, at Piccadilly, London.
1987 . . Rolling Stone, Keith Richards signed a solo deal with Virgin Records.
1995 . . Robbie Williams left Take That. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles with Robbie in the group.
2003 . . Several of Hong Kong's biggest music stars and industry figures were arrested as part of an investigation into corruption in the music industry after allegations that chart positions and music awards had been rigged.
2009 . . Paul McCartney performs 3 sold-out concerts (17 July, 18 & 21) at Citi Field to open the stadium with The Script. Also Billy Joel joined them on the first night.

July 18th:
1953 . . As a gift for his mother, Elvis Presley recorded "My Happiness" and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin'. It was his first recording, and cost him $4.
1960 . . Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released "The Twist." The song didn't become a hit until later in the year when Chubby Checker covered it.
1970 . . UK's BBC Radio 1 DJ, Kenny Everett, was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister Mary Peyton had 'crammed a fiver into the examiner's hand', when taking her driving test'.
1972 . . During a US tour, members from Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the group's motor home
1974 . . The U.S. Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.
1978 . . Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, England in front of 150 students.
1988 . . A California appeals court upheld a lower courts' decision to dismiss a case against Ozzy Osbourne and CBS Records. In 1984 a teenager allegedly killed himself after listening to Ozzy's "Suicide Solution."
1992 . . Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were married.
1993 . . Rage Against the Machine protested against the PMRC at Lollapalooza III by standing naked onstage with duct tape covering their mouths and the letters PMRC on their chests. The band used up their 14-minute performance time without playing any songs. The only sound emitted was audio feedback from Tom Morello and Tim Commerford's guitars. The band later played a free show for disappointed fans.
1995 . . The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic was a bear bone with four artificial holes along its length.
2000 . . Metallica played in Los Angeles at the House of Blues, CA. The crowd was made up of 1,000 contest winners of the "Blind Date" competition organized by Miller Genuine Draft.

July 19th:
1949 . . Harry Belafonte began recording his first sessions for Capitol Records. They included the songs "They Didn't Believe Me" and "Close Your Eyes."
1958 . . The manager of The Drifters, George Treadwell, sacked the entire group and hired the unknown Ben E King and The Five Crowns as their replacements.
1966 . . Frank Sinatra, at the age of 50, married the 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow.
1974 . . The first Knebworth Concert is held, headling The Allman Brothers Band.
1976 . . Deep Purple announce they are splitting.
1980 . . Billy Joel earned his first gold record with "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
1984 . .
The flamboyant American female impersonator, Divine, sang his hit ‘You Think You’re A Man’ on well-known UK music show Top Of The Pops, resulting in a barrage of complaints to the BBC.
1989 . . After large amounts of money were found in his cell, James Brown was moved from a minimum- security prison to a medium security jail.
1991 . . Steven Adler ex drummer with Guns N' Roses, filed a suit in Los Angeles county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that the band introduced him to hard drugs.
1995 . . Dr. George Nichopoulous, Elvis Presley's former doctor, loses his medical licence for being "too liberal" in prescribing addicitive drugs.
2001 . . Wu Tang Clan rapper ODB, (Russell Jones), was sentenced to spend between two and four years behind bars after being found guilty of drug possession. He was arrested in July 1999 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after he was pulled over for driving through a red light.
2008 . . DMX is arrested at MetroCenter Mall in Phoenix for presenting the Mayo Clinic with false information to allegedly avoid paying medical bills.

July 20th:
1967 . . Jerry Lee Lewis returns to the UK for the first time since 1958.
1968 . . Jane Asher announces that her engagement to Paul McCartney is off.
1974 . . Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist for the Ramones.
1975 . . Guitarist Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
1983 . . Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend Mencap charity concert at Dominion Theatre, London. Duran Duran top the bill.
1986 . . Premiere of 'Sid and Nancy', the film about the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, is held at Limelight Club in London
1995 . . Public Enemy member Flavor Flav broke both his arms when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Milan.
1999 . . Church groups in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom
2003 . . A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley's mouth after an injury, failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of £64,100. The tooth was also accompanied by some of the singer's hair.

July 21st:
1958 . . Pittsburgh radio station WAMP drops 'all rock and roll discs and other raucous tunes' in the 'so-called Top- 40 charts' as part of the anti-Top 40 backlash that also includes KSEL in Lubbock, Texas
1963 . . First real hint of Beatlemania: 4,000 ticketless fans try to gain entry to the band's gig at the Queen's Theatre, Blackpool. The crush is so deep that Beatles are forced to enter via the roof
1983 . . Diana Ross plays free concert in Central Park. Heavy rain forces her off stage early in the set and concert is re-staged the following night.
1990 . . Roger Waters 'The Wall' took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. Over 200.000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell and others took part.
1990 . . BBC's Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast.
1994 . . Oasis played their first ever American gig as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands in New York.
1996 . . The tour bus carrying members of Terrorvision inadvertently ran over sleeping festival fan Daniel Duffy as he lay in his tent breaking his hip.
1999 . . Charley Pride received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,140th star to be dedicated.
2003 . . Coldplay singer Chris Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after he allegedly attacked a photographer's car after he had taken pictures of him surfing at Seven Mile Beach. Martin admitted he had lost his temper due to the constant harassment by that journalist, and consequently smashed his windscreen and let the air out of his tyres.

July 22nd:
1933 . . Caterina Jarboro became the first black prima donna of an opera company. She sang "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
1955 . . UK crooner Michael Holliday made his first TV appearance on The Centre Show, which led him to be signed as a solo artist to EMI's Columbia label.
1965 . . Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall.
1967 . . Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York.
1969 . . Aretha Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct after creating a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot.
1972 . . Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.
1977 . . Tony Orlando announced his retirement from show business.
1977 . . The BBC Proms is broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic sound.
1979 . . Little Richard, also known as Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He warned the congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring 'If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.'
1985 . . Country singer Dolly Parton announced plans to open a 400 acre theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The name for this new amusement park will be named 'Dollywood'.
1996 . . The parents of a teen-age murder victim sued the band Slayer contending that the band's lyrics were "satanic" and inspired 3 teen-age boys to rape, torture and stab the girl to death.
1997 . . Elton John and Sting are among the mourners at designer Gianni Versace's funeral in Milan. Elton and Sting sang an arrangement of Psalm 23.

July 23rd:
1950 . . "The Gene Autry Show" premiered on CBS-TV
1977 . . Carly Simon hits US chart with James Bond film theme 'Nobody Does It Better', her fourth Top 10 single.
1977 . . Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and group manager, Peter Grant were charged with assault after a fight broke out backstage during a US concert with employees of the promoter Bill Graham. Judas Priest was the support act.
1980 . . Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
1988 . . After forty-nine weeks on the US album chart, 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard went to the No.1 position.
1992 . . Chicago received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993 . . A gunman fired into the New York club Danceteria. Eric Tallman (Erotic Exotic) was injured when the bullet grazed his skull.
1995 . . Two R.E.M. fans died during the bands Dublin's Slane Castle gig. One drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.
1998 . . It was announced that Iron Maiden would have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. tour. The doctor of Blaze Bailey advised him to not sing for one month.
2003 . . The Sun Records studio in Memphis was designated a national historic landmark.
2005 . . Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass gave their final public performance at the Colonnade in Ringgold, GA. Danny was eighty years old at the time. The group performed two shows and received standing ovations for each

July 24th:
1849 . . Georgetown University in Washington, DC. presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman.
1938 . . Artie Shaw recorded "Begin the Beguine."
1967 . . All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana.
1978 . . Robert Stigwood's film of 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', starring Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, opens in New York. It flops
1997 . . Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after admitting criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broke his Ray- bans.
1998 . . Tanya Tucker filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville. The charge was that the label has willfully neglected her career.
1998 . . Aerosmith announced that they were postponing the first 13 dates of their U.S. tour. Drummer Joey Krammer had received second-degree burns in a gas station fire.
2002 . . A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury's prized koi fish. Mercury's former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish, one of the best collections of the fish in the UK, died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. One koi can be worth £250,000.

July 25th:
1963 . . Cilla Black made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while at a Gerry And The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.
1965 . . Bob Dylan went 'electric' at The Newport folk Festival and was booed off stage after three songs. It was his first ever non-acoustic set.
1969 . . Neil Young made his first appearance with Crosby, Stills and Nash at a concert at New York's Fillmore East. .
1975 . . "A Chorus Line" debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances.
1980 . . KISS introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Paladium in New York City.
1990 . . Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance.
1992 . . Bruce Springsteen became a father when Patti Sciafa gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James.
1995 . . Nina Simone was put on 18 months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling. She fired a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France.
1999 . . Woodstock Festival 2 ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalised after drinking polluted water.
2010 . . Emerson, Lake and Palmer played a one-off 40th anniversary concert, headlining the High Voltage Festival event in Victoria Park, London. The entire concert was later released as the double-CD live album "High Voltage".

July 26th:
1939 . . Kay Starr recorded "Baby Me" with Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
1976 . . Led Zeppelin US tour ends early, with sad news of the death of Robert Plant's six year old son, Karac.
1977 . . Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.
1977 . . Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven dates of their American tour after lead singer Robert Plant learns that his six-year-old son Karac has died of a respiratory virus. The show two days before in Oakland proves to be the band's last ever in the United States.
1969 . . Elvis Presley opened his first live engagement in almost eight years, a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel. He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows.
1980 . . Police headline at Milton Keynes Bowl
1984 . . Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered in Hollywood, CA.
2000 . . A U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28, 2000.
2000 . . Oasis were booed off stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.
2000 . . The celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.

July 27th:
1927 . . BBC broadcaster Christopher Stone, Britain's first ever disc jockey started playing records on air.
1958 . .
fan's of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio can cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll can cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1968 . . Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour, suffering from nervous exhaustion.
1976 . . John Lennon finally had his request for permanent residency in the United States approved.
1976 . . Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for a year halting Springsteens career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.
1979 . . Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a firebomb.
1986 . . Rock band Queen became the first act since Louis Armstrong to play in Budapest, Hungary. The gig was filmed and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest'.
1987 . . U2 filmed their video 'Where the Streets Have No Name' the rooftop of a building L.A. causing traffic chaos below.
1989 . . Michael Jackson sued the Daily Mirror for libel after they printed a less than flattering colour photo of the ever-changing singer on the front page.
2002 . . Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from "extreme exhaustion." The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV's 20th birthday party.

July 28th:
1954 . . The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the 'Memphis Press- Scimitar'.
1956 . . Gene Vincent appeared on the Perry Como TV show in the US.
1969 . . Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves stole the parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.
1970 . . 'Ned Kelly' film, starring Mick Jagger, premieres in Australia
1973 . . The world's biggest-ever rock festival audience gathers at Watkins Glen Festival in New York State. Over 600,000 attend to see The Band, Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead
1991 . . Around 100 arrests were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penticon, Canada.
1993 . . 10,000 Maniacs play their last show with lead singer Natalie Merchant. Merchant leaves the group to pursue a solo career
1995 . . Jimi Hendrix's father, James Al Hendrix, wins back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image and music.
2003 . . The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week.

July 29th:
1946 . . Charlie Parker fell asleep while smoking and set his hotel bed on fire. He was arrested wandering through the hotel lobby wearing only his socks. This led to a stay at the mental institution in Camarillo State Hospital, which inspires his song "Relaxin' at Camarillo".
1962 . .
Bob Dylan makes his first radio appearance on WRUR-FM in New York as part of a 21-hour Hootenany Saturday special.
1963 . . With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.
1961 . . Dick Clark premiered his summer stage show, the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.
1965 . . The Beatles second feature film 'Help!' had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a "haze of marijuana".
1966 . . Bob Dylan was seriously injured when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, NY.
1966 . . Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We're more popular than Jesus now’
1966 . . Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.
1967 . . The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.
1968 . . The Byrds left on their tour of South Africa without Gram Parsons. He had refused to set foot in a country where apartheid was official policy.
1971 . . A security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
1972 . . Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women to publicise forthcoming gigs.
1973 . . $180,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York City, NY.
1975 . . Elvis loaned his friend and personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, $200,000 to build a dream home in Memphis.
1978 . . The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1980 . . David Bowie opened in the title role of the stage play "Elephant Man" in Denver, Colorado.
1982 . . Duran Duran's Andy Taylor married Tracie Wilson.
1982 . . The Asgard Hotel in Dublin owned by Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott was completely destroyed by fire.
1986 . . Soft-rocker Paul Davis is shot in the stomach during an attempted robbery at a Nashville hotel. He eventually recovers.
1987 . . David Bowie played the first show of his North American "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia, PA.
1987 . . Ben and Jerry's introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.
1987 . . Michigan's governor announced an annual "Four Tops Day" honouring the group for its contribution to American music.
1990 . . Elton John checks into hospital in Chicago, for bulimia and substance abuse.
1991 . . The Metallica single "Enter Sandman" was released.
1998 . . Miramax Films announced that they had purchased the rights to the Beatle's movie "A Hard Day's Night" with the intention of releasing a remastered version on the movie's 35th anniversary.
2011 . . Chuck Berry throws out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
2011 . . Chuck Berry's statue is unveiled on Delmar Boulevard in the city of St. Louis
2011. . Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill left the stage at a Dallas concert, after complaining about the heat. He didn't return, and the band cancels the rest of their tour. It was officially blamed on "dehydration," but Caleb's brother, bassist Jared later Tweets: "There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

July 30th:
1792 . . The French national anthem "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris.
1942 . . Frank Sinatra recorded the last of 90 recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on Victor Records. His last side was 'There are Such Things', which became number one in January of 1943. Sinatra moved on to Columbia Records as a solo singing sensation.
1954 . . Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins, Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris and a young Elvis Presley, appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, Memphis. Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music which created a wild gyrating effect.
1968 . . The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London, giving away all the stock to passers by. The last thing left was a naked female dummy labelled 'For the attention of John Lennon'
1970 . . The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca expires; they fired their manager Allen Klein and delivered one more song to the label to fulfill their obligation, the famous unreleasable "C********* Blues" (aka Schoolboy Blues).
1974 . . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
1978 . . Thin Lizzy officially announces that Gary Moore has replaced Brian Robertson on guitar.
1986 . . RCA releases John Denver from his contract, possibly over his new single, "What Are We Making Weapons For?", which he recorded with the Russian singer Alexandre Gradsky. RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, which was a top military contractor.
1986 . . Boy George was fined £250 by a London court for possession of heroin.
1987 . . David Bowie played the first show of his "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia,
1991 . . A police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that nights Guns N' Roses gig if the ticket was issued.
1992 . . Many Motown stars gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits.
1994 . . Street Preachers, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at this year's two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.
1995 . . R.E.M. Sleeper, The Cranberries and Radiohead all appeared at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK.
1997 . . A judge in LA ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.
2000 . . Nine Pearl Jam fans were killed at this years Roskolde festival in Denmark during the bands set. The victims, all men and aged between 17 and 28, were trampled to death close to the stage.
2003 . . When SARS spread to Toronto, it frightened people away. To get people back, the city put on a huge open-air concert featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Justin Timberlake, who was jeered and had muffins thrown at him by the 450,000 people who attended.
2004 . . Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke while on walk-a-bout around London, UK and was admitted to a local hospital. He made a full recovery in just a few weeks.
2005 . . A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. "Room Full of Mirrors" by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for "homosexual tendencies."
2006 . . The last ever weekly edition of the British television chart show, Top of the Pops, is broadcast.
2006 . . British gay magazine "Attitude" listed the ‘Top 10 Gay Albums’ of all time. No.1) Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters; 2) Arrival - Abba; 3) Vauxhall and I - Morrissey; 4) Light Years - Kylie Minogue; 5) Older - George Michael; 6) Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; 7) Erotica - Madonna; 8) I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons; 9) Bad Girls - Donna Summer and No. 10) The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie.
2009 . . Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band's hit ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’ Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.
2014 . . A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales was reversed after a campaign including Billy Bragg, David Gilmour, Guy Garvey and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg founded Jail Guitar Doors, a scheme that has sent around 350 guitars to prisons since 2007.

July 31st:
1845 . . The French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium.
1951 . . Ray Charles married Eileen Williams, a beautician from Chicago. Their marrage lasted one year.
1955 . . Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, 2 in the day and 1 evening. When Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage", a riot broke out after the show, as fans chased Elvis into his dressing room ripping off his clothes and shoes.
1957 . . Richard Starkey, later known as Ringo Starr, i made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.
1959 . . Cliff Richard got his first of 14 No.1 hits on the UK singles chart with 'Living Doll.'
1964 . . Rolling Stones play Belfast. The concert is stopped after only twelve minutes because of rioting fans.
1967 . . Mick Jagger was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for possession of four amphetamine tablets; Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one year in prison. Both Jagger and Richards were imprisoned at that point, but were released on bail the next day pending appeal.
1969 . . Elvis Presley made his first live concert since 1961, playing the Las Vegas International Hotel at the start of a four week run, he reportedly netted $1.5million for the shows. An Elvis special was on the menu, polk salad with corn muffins and honey.
1971 . . A security guard was stabbed to death at a The Who concert at New York's Forest Hill Stadium. An ex-convict stabbed and killed the security guard after he was denied entrance to the show.
1973 . . The Rolling Stones' plan to tour the Orient was halted when Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa because of a 1969 drug bust.
1975 . . Irish pop group, Miami Showband, are ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen.
1979 . . Donny and Debra Osmond welcome their first baby, Donny Jr.
1979 . . James Taylor played a free concert in New York's Central Park to help the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.
1980 . . Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours community service giving anti-drug lectures.
1980 . . During the Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, Don Felder and Glen Frey spent the entire show bickering to each other, "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal," Frey told Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn't even bear to be in the same state as each other.
1981 . . Jerry Dammers and Terry Hall of the Specials were fined in London for inciting violence at a concert the previous fall.
1985 . . The Eurythmics topped the UK singles chart with 'There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart), which features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.
1992 . . Sting made a guest appearance on the series "The Simpsons" in the episode "Radio Bart."
1992 . . Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London when a man threatened to jump from a building across the street. 28 year old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn't see Michael Jackson. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.
1994 . . R. Kelly and Aaliyah secretly got married at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont, IL. Unfortunately, she was only 15 at the time, so the marriage was later annulled.
1995 . . Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1999 . . Wu-Tang Clan member Ol Dirty Bastard was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offence.
1999 . . Gang Star's rapper Guru was robbed outside a small recording studio in Woohaven, Queens. The three masked men stole $10,000 in jewelry.
2000 . . Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80's hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues.
2002 . . Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister, Mr Blair's County Durham home as he tried to place posters supporting animal hunts on the walls of Blair's home and stage a demonstration.
2004 . . Mark Morrison was arrested after a brawl at Leicester's After Dark night-club in which his platinum and diamond medallion was stolen. Morrison complained of wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment and police assault. A £20,000 reward for the return of the pendant was offered by the singer's record label.
2004 . . Mac Davis is honored in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, as they name today "Mac Davis Day". He wrote many hit songs including "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation"
2006 . . Boy George was ordered to do community service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers found cocaine inside.
2012 . . Sheryl Crow was granted a restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. It stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.
2012 . . Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever, 4 hours and 6 minutes at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland, at the end of his European tour.
2014 . . Meceo McEaddy was sentenced to between 5 and 10 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from concert promoters by posing as a booking agent. McEaddy who pretended to be in charge of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and several other celebrities, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of grand larceny and fraud.

2015 . . British boy band One Direction released "Drag Me Down", the first single released by the group after Zayn Malik's departure
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