Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 12






1954 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
19-year-old Elvis Presley quit his day job as a truck driver for the Crown Electric Company and signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also inked a one year, personal management deal with Scotty Moore, who would receive 10% of all earnings from Presley's live appearances.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Alan Freed's show The Big Beat debuts on ABC-TV with guests The Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Knox and Connie Francis. The show was later canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a White girl, which reportedly offended the management of ABC's local affiliates in the southern states.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Pianist Floyd Cramer records his biggest hit, "Last Date", which will reach #2 in the US by next November, selling over a million copies.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Pat Boone begins a 10-day tour of South Africa at the Ice Dome in Durban. When he returns to California, he will begin filming State Fair.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
The Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee club in London. Their line-up consisted of lead vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, Dick Taylor on bass, pianist Ian Stewart and Mick Avory, later of The Kinks, on drums. Avory and Taylor would be replaced by Tony Chapman on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. Chapman didn't work out and drummer Charlie Watts completed the Stones' line-up in January 1963.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
After being released just three weeks earlier, the futuristic ballad "In The Year 2525" was Billboard's number one song. After getting a lot of requests to sing the song that they included in their live act, Denny Zager and Rick Evans had invested just $500 to press 1000 copies of the tune. After a Texas radio station added it their play list, RCA signed the duo, but the record would prove to be their only US chart entry. It did however stay at #1 in the US for 6 weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969.

July 12
Billed as "The Ultimate Supergroup", Blind Faith begin their one and only US tour with a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Janis Joplin debuted with her new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, before 4,000 people in Louisville, Kentucky. Less than three months later, she would be dead from a heroin overdose.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
The New Seekers re-record a song they did as a commercial for Coca-Cola last year, re-naming it from "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke" to "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing". The effort would reach #7 on the Billboard chart.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
K.C. and The Sunshine Band make their US Pop chart debut with "Get Down Tonight". It's the first of four singles by the group to make it to Billboard's number one spot.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Minnie Riperton, who had scored a 1975 smash with a song called "Lovin' You", died of cancer at the age of 31. She had also been a member of Wonderlove, a backup group for Stevie Wonder.

July 12
Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl held the infamous Disco Demolition between games of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Dahl burned Disco records brought by fans who received discount admission. Some of those fans decided to start their own fires and a mini-riot ensued, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Bennie Mardones' "Into The Night" enters the Billboard chart where it will reach #11. A re-recorded version of the same song would climb to #20 nine years later.

July 12
Billy Joel had the best selling single in America with "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me", a number he wrote in the back of a car on the way to a recording session. The lyrics are sung from the prospective of a manager and an artist, arguing about remaining hip for the younger crowd vs. staying the course and letting the music speak for itself. The song would go on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Chris Wood, sax and flute player with Stevie Winwood's band Traffic, died in London of liver failure after a long illness. He was 39.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon is unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square. The sculpture features a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Al Kooper, the legendary producer, musician and founder of Blood, Sweat And Tears, releases his first solo album in nearly thirty years.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Even after his death, Johnny Cash was still popular enough to top The Billboard 200. "American V: A Hundred Highways" earned the Man in Black his first #1 album since 1969's "Johnny Cash at San Quentin".

2007 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Sara Caplan, a former attorney for Phil Spector, agreed to testify in his murder trial about evidence allegedly withheld by a defense expert rather than go to jail for contempt of court. Caplan says she saw a forensic expert pick up a small white object about the size of a fingernail at the scene and put it in a vial. Autopsy pictures of Clarkson show a small piece of acrylic fingernail missing from her right thumb.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

July 12
Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had racked up $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with 'The Wall Live' show. Bruce Springsteen was a distant second with $79.9 million.






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