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July 25 : This Day in Music History
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Concerts and Festivals

1965 : Dylan plugs in! At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.
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Births (13)

1925 : William "Benny" Benjamin (of The Funk Brothers) is born in Mobile, Alabama.
1934 : Jazz musician and composer Don Ellis is born in Los Angeles, California.
1941 : Guitarist Manny Charlton (of Nazareth) is born in La Linea, Spain.
1942 : Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers) is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1943 : Drummer Jim McCarty (of The Yardbirds and Renaissance) is born in Walton, Liverpool, England.
1944 : Rock musician and composer Tom Dawes (of The Cyrkle) is born in Albany, New York.
1946 : Jose "Chepito" Areas (of Santana) is born in Leon, Nicaragua.
1948 : Folk Singer/Songwriter Steve Goodman is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1950 : Bassist/vocalist Mark Clarke (briefly a member of Uriah Heep) is born in Liverpool, England.
1951 : Verdine White (bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1958 : Guitarist and singer/songwriter Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) is born in Coral Gables, Florida.
1960 : Paul Geary (co-founder and drummer of Extreme) is born in Medford, Massachusetts.
1992 : Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa become the proud parents of their first child, Evan James.

Charts (7)

1942 : Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slacks' "Cow Cow Boogie" hits #1.
1960 : The Ventures' "Walk - Don't Run" enters the charts.
1960 : Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" enters the charts.
1964 : The Animals' "The House Of The Rising Sun" enters the U.K. singles chart.
1964 : The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K.
1970 : The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1970 : Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" enters the U.S. singles chart.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

1965 : Dylan plugs in! At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.
1969 : At the end of their gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Crosby, Stills & Nash invite Neil Young on stage to back them on a couple of songs, and they like the result so much he almost immediately becomes part of the band.
1999 : On the third day of the Woodstock '99 festival on Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of "Break Stuff" leads to riots, groping and injuries. Conditions deteriorated as the festival raged on, and by the final day, MTV was covering the event with the tagline "Apocalypse Woodstock."

Deaths (5)

1984 : Original "Hound Dog" singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton dies at age 57 in Los Angeles, California after a long-time struggle with alcohol abuse.
1989 : Steve Rubell, one of the owners of Studio 54, dies of AIDS-related causes at age 45.
1995 : Country performer Charlie Rich, known for "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl," dies of a blood clot at age 62 at a motel in Hammond, Louisiana.
1998 : Jazz guitarist Tal "Octopus" Farlow dies from esophageal cancer at age 77 in New York City.
2003 : Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly guitarist) dies of a heart attack related to a birth defect in Los Angeles, California at age 52.

Debuts (2)

1975 : The musical A Chorus Line debuts on Broadway, the first of what would be 6,137 performances over fifteen years.
1980 : Eric Carr makes his debut as Kiss drummer.

Incidents (2)

1956 : The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collides with the Swedish liner Stockholm, the latter tearing a hole in the starboard hull of the former, killing 52 instantly and causing the Andrea Doria to sink by morning. On board is one Mike Stoller, who would go on to become one of the famous Lieber-Stoller songwriting team.
1999 : The 30th Anniversary of Woodstock ends, unlike the 25th Anniversary, with riots, fires, looting, three rapes, and other crimes, including three accidental deaths. In addition, several fans are hospitalized from drinking polluted water.

Innovations (1)

1925 : The first 50,000-watt radio station, WDY from Schenectady, NY, begins transmission.

Legal Issues (4)

1975 : A California federal judge rules that San Francisco had a right to arrest Miracles singer Smokey Robinson the previous year, even though his name only matched the alias of the criminal he was confused with.
1995 : Legendary singer Nina Simone is arrested for firing a pellet gun at noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France, for which she is placed on an 18-month probation and ordered to seek counseling.
2001 : The Doors' John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, and others are arrested in Itasca, IL, for demonstrating against a company which they claim destroys the rainforest.
2012 : MGA Entertainment, the toy corporation behind the "Bratz" line of dolls, files a lawsuit against Lady Gaga, alleging that her and her managers delayed approval on marketing a Lady Gaga doll. MGA calls it "breach of contract" and is asking for $10 million - this, only eight months after the deal was struck.

Miscellaneous (1)

1828 : Ignaz Bösendorfer is granted a trade license number which enables him to start a piano manufacturing company in Vienna.

Recordings (4)

1963 : Singer Cilla Black, discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein at a Gerry and the Pacemakers concert, makes her first recording test for EMI.
1966 : The Monkees record their debut single, "Last Train To Clarksville."
1968 : The Beatles record Take 1 of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for The White Album.
1969 : The Beatles record a slew of songs for Abbey Road: "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard," "Come Together," "Polythene Pam" and "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window."

Releases (4)

1970 : Chicago release "25 or 6 to 4" from Chicago II.
1971 : The Beach Boys release Surf's Up.
1989 : Beastie Boys release their second album, Paul's Boutique, which is named after a store in Brooklyn.
1995 : Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release their breakthrough album E. 1999 Eternal, which has gone platinum six times and features one of their biggest hits of all time "Tha Crossroads," which went platinum twice and won a 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

TV, Radio, Press (1)

1964 : A first in cross-marketing history: Billboard reports that The Beatles' new film, A Hard Day's Night, has already made its production costs back on the soundtrack album.
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