Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 19






1954 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Sun Records releases the first Elvis Presley single, "That's All Right", a cover of Arthur Crudup's 1946 tune "That's All Right, Mama". Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis. After the session, Bill Black was said to have remarked, "Damn. Get that on the radio and they'll run us out of town."

1958 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
The Coasters have the top selling single in America with "Yakety Yak". Featuring the sax solo of King Curtis, the 1 minute, 52 second song also topped the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Frank Ifield had the #1 single on the UK chart with "Confessin", his fourth and final chart topper.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
51 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old actress Mia Farrow. It was his third marriage, her first. Two years later, while Farrow was filming Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Sinatra sent his lawyer to the movie set to inform his wife that he was filing for divorce.

July 19
Johnny Rivers begins recording "Poor Side Of Town", which will become the tenth of his seventeen US Top 40 hits and his only number one.

July 19
The Monkees record the theme song to their TV show, which will begin airing next Fall. Although the tune appeared as an album track on their self-titled debut LP and got some AM radio play, it was not released as a single.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
The Spencer Davis Group announces their break-up. The band had reached the Billboard chart twice in 1967 with "Gimme Some Lovin" (#7) and "I'm A Man" (#10) and placed ten songs on the UK charts, including two number one hits, "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me".

July 19
The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" is released in the US, where it will become the fifth of their eight Billboard number one hits.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Orleans' "Dance With Me" is released. It would go on to climb to number six on Billboard's Hot 100 and has since been played on the radio over four million times.

July 19
Paul McCartney scores his fourth, post-Beatles chart topper in the US with "Listen To What The Man Said". It was a recording that Macca was very disappointed in until Tom Scott added his outstanding soprano saxophone solo. The record would go on to sell a million copies in America and reach #6 in the UK.

July 19
The Bay City Rollers were at the top of the UK singles chart with "Give A Little Love", the group's second and final UK #1.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Deep Purple announced that at the end of their current tour, they were splitting up. They would reform in 1984.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Queen enjoy their third UK #1 album with "The Game", which featured the singles "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Both of those releases topped the Billboard Hot 100 in America and the LP went on to sell over four million copies.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
James Brown was moved to a medium security cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute after $40,000 in cash and cheques was discovered in his minimum security cell. The Godfather of Soul was serving a six year sentence for a variety of offences that included illegal gun possession, resisting arrest, assault and leading the authorities on a number of car chases. He was paroled in 1990 after serving two years.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Elvis Presley's former doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulous, loses his medical license for being "too liberal" in prescribing addictive drugs. Nichopoulos called the decision "idiotic" and suggested it stemmed from resentment over Presley's death in 1977.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Mark Tulin and James Lowe, two original members of The Electric Prunes, filed lawsuits against their record label and music publisher, alleging that the companies failed to pay them $1 million in royalties.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
US sales figures were released that showed CD sales falling a further 11.7% since last year. In contrast, vinyl record collectors pushed the demand for 78 RPM platters up by 12.9%.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

July 19
Ozzy Osbourne and his former Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi settled a long-running legal dispute over the use of the group's name. Ozzy had filed suit against the guitarist in May of last year, accusing Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name by lodging an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The pair released a joint statement confirming they have settled the dispute "amicably".






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