2 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1970 Rapper Monie Love is born Simone Gooden in Battersea, London, England.

1969 Mountain form in Long Island with former Vagrants member Leslie West at the helm.

1969 Barbra Streisand starts a month-long run of shows to open the new 2000-seat theater at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. She's breaking in the venue for Elvis Presley, who starts a run of shows there on July 31.

1967 Rick Nelson stars in the short-lived (it lasts three months) TV series Malibu U on ABC.

1965 Dave Parsons (bassist for Bush) is born in Hillingdon, London, England.

1963 Little-known Barbra Streisand plays Las Vegas for the first time, opening for Liberace at the Riviera. She returns to Vegas as a top draw in 1969, becoming the first artist to play the Showroom Internationale in the International Hotel.

1958 Elvis Presley's fourth movie, King Creole, opens while The King is serving in the Army. Elvis gets surprisingly good reviews for his acting.

1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" at the RCA studios in New York City. Needing a B-side, Elvis and his team listen to some demos and find a song called "Don't Be Cruel," which they also record in the session. The two songs are released 11 days later as a double-A-side single and set numerous records for sales and chart position.

1955 The Lawrence Welk Show premieres on ABC.

1954 Pete Briquette (bassist for The Boomtown Rats) is born Patrick Martin Cusack in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland. His stage name is a nod to his homeland, where peat briquettes were burned for heat.

1952 Johnny Colla, who plays guitar and saxophone for Huey Lewis & the News and also assists with songwriting, is born in Sacramento, California.

1949 Roy "The Professor" Bittan (keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is born in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York.

1939 Paul Williams (original lead singer for The Temptations) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1939 Leapy Lee, known for the 1968 hit single "Little Arrows," is born Graham Pulleyblank in Eastbourne, England.

1934 Folk singer Tom Springfield (of The Springfields) is born Dionysius P. A. O'Brien in Hampstead, London, England. He'll welcome sister Dusty Springfield a few years later.

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Guns N' Roses Start A Riot In St. Louis


At a Guns N' Roses show in St. Louis, Axl Rose grows irate when he sees someone in the crowd taking pictures, and he leaves the stage, announcing, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home." A riot follows, and the band's equipment is destroyed.

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