5 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1973 Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.

1969 The Who release "I'm Free."

1969 Jerry Butler and The Impressions "reunite" on American Bandstand, singing separately.

1969 The Rolling Stones put on a free concert in London's Hyde Park, which becomes a tribute to their founding member Brian Jones, who died two days earlier.

1969 Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, the future RZA, is born in Brownsville, New York. He will become leader of Wu-Tang Clan .

1966 Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers has an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.

1965 Dick Clark launches a musical variety show called Where The Action Is, with Paul Revere & the Raiders as the house band. The show lasts 3 seasons on ABC and features many top musical acts of the era.

1965 Motown President Berry Gordy, Jr. appears on the popular TV show To Tell The Truth. The Supremes perform after his identity is revealed.

1965 The Four Tops release "It's the Same Old Song."

1964 US President Lyndon Johnson invites The Four Seasons to play at the White House.

1964 Them (with Van Morrison) release "Gloria."

1961 Ray Charles releases "Hit The Road Jack" and "Unchain My Heart."

1959 Marc Cohn is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1955 Chuck Berry's song "Maybellene" is copyrighted in Berry's name alone, but Alan Freed's name is added as a form of payola.

1954 Elvis Presley makes his first professional recording, putting down "That's All Right" at Sun Studio in Memphis.

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Lilith Fair Kicks Off


Organized by Sarah McLachlan, the all-female Lilith Fair tour kicks off with a show in The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. The lineup includes Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Paula Cole, with Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple joining on subsequent stops.

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