Monday, July 30, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON JULY 30

Marc Bolan
No. 1
1966 Troggs: 'Wild Thing' US 45
1966 Beatles: 'Yesterday … and Today'US LP
1974 Wings: 'Band on the Run' UK 45
1977 Andy Gibb: 'I Just Want to Be Your Everything' US 45
1994 Wet Wet Wet : End of Part One (Their Greatest Hits) : UK LP

Births
1938 Edward 'Kookie' Byrnes 
1941 Paul Anka
1945 David Sanborn
1946 Jeffrey Hammond (Jethro Tull)
1947 Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
1949 Andy Scott (Sweet)
1949 Joyce Jones (First Choice)
1949 Hugh Nicholson (Marmalade)

Deaths 
1955 Les Elgart
1978 Glen Goine (Parliament-Funkadelic)
2003 Sam Phillips
 
Miscellany 
1942 Frank Sinatra ends his association with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, recording the last two of over 90 songs before moving on to great acclaim as a solo star at Columbia.
 
1954 Elvis Presley makes his first official concert appearance as a solo act, opening for Slim Whitman at Memphis' Overton Park Shell outdoor auditorium, billed third as "Ellis Presley" and performing "That's All Right, Mama," "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," and "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')." In the middle of the first song, a badly stage-frightened Elvis unconsciously begins to duplicate a move he usually made in the studio, shaking his leg in time with the music. The crowd of (mostly) girls goes absolutely wild, confusing Elvis and his band.
 
1968 The Beatles' Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store located at 94 Baker Street in London, closes for business after seven months of bad business practices and rampant theft. 
 
Wet Wet Wet
1969 The Beatles, producer George Martin, and the Abbey Road engineers assemble the first rough cut of the proposed Abbey Road medley. 
 
1986 Variety reports that RCA has fired John Denver after learning of his new single, entitled "What Are We Making Weapons For?" General Electric, which had just bought out RCA, was one of the country's largest defense contractors.

2003 In order to prove that the city is still safe to visit after a recent SARS outbreak, Toronto, Canada puts on the largest concert in the country's history, a massive open-air extravagaza featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Justin Timberlake, among others. Total attendance is somewhere around 450,000.
 
2004 While walking around London, the Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke and is admitted to a local hospital. He recovers in a matter of just a few weeks.

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