July – In Rock History
Number One Songs
1961 Runaway – Del Shannon
1964 I Get Around – The Beach Boys
1965 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stone
1967 All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
1970 (They Long To Be) Close To You – The Carpenters
1974 Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
1975 The Hustle – Van McCoy
1979 Are ‘Friends’ Electric? – Tubeway Army
1981 Ghost Town – The Specials
1982 Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
1984 When Doves Cry – Prince
1988 Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson
1991 Unbelievable – EMF
1992 Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
2001 Another Chance – Roger Sanchez
2003 Crazy In Love – Beyonce
2004 Lola’s Theme – Shapeshifters
2006 Smile – Lily Allen
The very first British DJ, Christopher Stone, begins broadcasting his record show from BBC Studios in Savoy Hall. His style is relaxed and conversational, despite the fact that he is wearing a dinner jacket and tie while presenting on the air.
Elvis records several songs including, ‘That’s Alright’ in his very first Sun Studios session. Despite being unimpressed, Sam Phillips had organised the session with a couple of other musicians. During a break Elvis starts to ‘fool around’ and sings the Arthur Crudup song. Phillips asks the group to start again and begins taping. The sound is exactly what Phillips has been looking for (someone who could deliver a blend of black blues and boogie-woogie). The song is recorded with several others. Less than two weeks later it is played on the radio for the first time. The rest is history…
John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at a church picnic in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, where John’s band, The Quarrymen are playing. In between sets, the 14 year old McCartney picks up the guitar and plays one of Lennon’s favourite tunes. He also knows all of the words and writes them down for John, who is bad at remembering lyrics. Several weeks later McCartney is asked to join The Quarrymen. He says ‘yes’.
Billie Holiday dies in a New York hospital from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 44. She was placed under house arrest at the hospital five days earlier for drug possession. Having been swindled out of large sums of money, she passes away with only 70 cents in her bank account and 750 dollars on her person.
Bob Dylan performs an electric concert for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival. He is booed offstage after only three songs.
Led Zeppelin lose more than 180,000 dollars in cash when a thief steals their safe deposit box that contains the money earned from two concerts in Madison Square Garden. The concerts were filmed, however, and released three years later as the film ‘The Song Remains The Same’.
Pressings of the Rolling Stones album ‘Some Girls’ is halted when the celebrities featured on the cover, including Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett and Raquel Welch, complained. Legal action is threatened, so the celebrity images are removed and replaced with the faces of the band members.
‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police spends the first of eight weeks at the top of the Billboard Singles chart in America. Sting would go on to win ‘Song Of The Year’ and The Police would win ‘Best Pop Performance by a Group’ at the 1984 Grammys. 25 years later and Sting is still making around 2000 dollars a day in royalties for the song.
Live Aid takes place simultaneously at JFK Stadium in Washington DC and Wembley Stadium in London. Bob Geldof organises the event, which includes over 18 hours of concerts, to raise money for starving people in Ethiopia.
CDs begin to outsell vinyl records only six years after being introduced to the music market.
Guns ‘n’ Roses singer, Axl Rose, jumps off stage and attacks a fan videotaping their concert outside St. Louis. A riot ensues, more than 60 people are injured and the venue is wrecked.
The Grateful Dead perform their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field in Chicago.