10 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1965 Wilson Pickett releases "In The Midnight Hour."

1965 Sonny and Cher release "I Got You Babe."

1965 The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hits #1 in America. It stays for four weeks, becoming the biggest hit of 1965.

1965 The Kinks play the Seattle Center Coliseum. It will be their last show on American soil until December 1969, as the powerful American Federation of Musicians union bans them. Ray Davies would later blame their manager Larry Page for the ban, claiming he bungled contracts and didn't make proper payments.

1964 The Beatles return to their hometown of Liverpool for a showing of their first movie, A Hard Day's Night. They get a warm welcome, with thousands of fans turning up to see them.

1964 Manfred Mann release a little ditty called "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," which shoots to #1 in America three months later.

1963 Martha and the Vandellas release "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave."

1962 Christopher "Play" Martin (of Kid 'N Play) is born in Queens, New York City.

1961 Bobby Lewis's "Tossin' And Turnin'" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.

1959 Sandy West is born Sandy Pesavento in Long Beach, California. Together with Joan Jett, she is a founding member of the teenage all-female rock band The Runaways, playing drums. After the band splits she leaves the music industry, and dies at the age of 47 from lung cancer.

1954 Neil Tennant (lead vocalist, keyboardist for Pet Shop Boys) is born in North Shields, Tyneside, England.

1950 The Victor Talking Machine Company trademarks the phrase "His Master's Voice," which refers to the dog in their logo (Nipper) listening to a record player because he thinks it is his owner. The company later becomes the record label RCA Victor.

1950 The nation's favorite popular music countdown, "Your Hit Parade," gets its own home on NBC TV to match its longtime radio counterpart.

1949 Dave Smalley (lead singer, guitarist of Down By Law) is born in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

1949 Greg Kihn is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

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