Music Calendar

In 1935 Benny Goodman recorded the "King Porter Stomp," signaling the beginning of the swing era.

In 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on the "Steve Allen Show" and sang "Hound Dog" to a Bassett hound named "Sherlock."

In 1956 Brenda Lee signed her first record contract at age 11.

In 1963 The Beatles recorded "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" at the Abbey Road studios in London.

In 1965 The Beatles' album "Beatles VI" was certified gold.

In 1967 The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album hit #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 15 straight weeks.

In 1967 Following the drug convictions of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the London Times printed an editorial sympathizing with the pair.

In 1967 "Windy" by the Association hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for four weeks.

In 1968 The Doors' album "Waiting For The Sun" was released.

In 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono were hospitalized briefly after a car crash in Scotland.

In 1969 Sam Phillips sold Sun Records -- the Memphis record label that released the first recordings of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's single "Green River" was released.

In 1970 Jimi Hendrix recorded for the first time at Electric Ladyland, his studio in New York.

In 1971 Jethro Tull's album "Aqualung" was certified gold.

In 1972 After 1729 performances, "Hair" closed on Broadway.

In 1972 Chicago's album "Chicago V" was released.

In 1972 "Go All The Way" by the Raspberries entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1972 "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1975 Captain & Tennille received their first gold record for the album "Love Will Keep Us Together."

In 1976 Connie Francis was raped in a motel and won a $2.5 million judgment against that motel.

In 1976 Paul Simon appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1976 "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates was certified gold.

In 1978 "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1981 Steppenwolf bassist John Morey, who wrote "Magic Carpet Ride," died in a car crash at age 32.

In 1987 Huey Lewis & the News sang the National Anthem at Baseball's All-Star Game.

In 1987 The Grateful Dead's album "In The Dark" was released.

In 1987 Fleetwood Mac's "Tango" album was certified platinum, while sales of ZZ Top's "Eliminator" album hit the six million mark.

In 1988 Carly Simon's album "Greatest Hits Live" was released.

In 1992 The film "A League Of Their Own," co-starring Madonna, opened.

In 1994 Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon became parents to daughter Coco Hayley.

In 1995 Legendary rock & roll disc jockey Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack at age 57.

In 1996 Placido Domingo became art director of the Washington Opera.

In 1996 Tickets for the first ten rows of an upcoming Hootie and the Blowfish concert in Long Island, NY, were voided when the band found out theater workers sold them to scalpers.

In 1996 The Colorado Supreme Court ruled John Denver would have to stand trial for a 1994 drunk driving accident near Aspen.

In 1996 A restored version of the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" premieres on AMC.

In 1997 Alanis Morissette's video "Jagged Little Pill - Live," Blues Traveler's album "Straight On Till Morning," and Coolio's single "C U When U Get There" were all released.

In 1997 Mary J. Blige's album "Share My World" went gold and platinum.

In 1998 Natalie Merchant's album "Ophelia" was certified gold, while the Backstreet Boys' video "All Access Video" is certified gold, platinum, and double platinum.

In 1998 Martina McBride joined the Lilith Fair lineup in Oklahoma City, the first contemporary country artist to grace the festival.

In 1999 Blues Traveler canceled its two scheduled 4th of July annual appearances at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado after lead singer John Popper was hospitalized with chest pains.

In the 1999 1950's novelties' singer Guy Mitchell, 72, died of complications from surgery in Las Vegas.

In 2000 Mick Jagger's daughter, Karis Jagger, weds Jonathan Watson, while Gary Chapman marries Jennifer Pittman.

In 2000 Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks wedded actor Adrian Pasdar.

In 2002 The Who played their first show in Los Angeles after the death of their bassist John Entwistle, who had died a week earlier.

In 2003 Jazz flutist Herbie Mann, 73, dies from prostate cancer.

In 2005 R&B singer Luther Vandross died at age 54 from complications of a stroke he suffered two years earlier. In 2005 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the bass vocalist to the Four Tops, died in Detroit. He was 69.


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