Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 21






1956 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Billboard magazine calls Elvis Presley "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace." The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

July 21
Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers started a three week run at the top of the UK chart with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", a record that had reached #6 in America last February.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
"Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley was the top tune on the Billboard chart. At the time, the King was in Fort Hood Texas, doing basic training in the US Army.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Following his first Billboard chart success last February with "(I Wanna) Love My Life My Life Away", which rose to #39, Gene Pitney makes his first appearance on American Bandstand, singing "Every Breath I Take", which would stall at #42. His breakthrough would come next December when "Town Without Pity" would crack the Top Ten.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Following his huge hit, "Hey! Baby", which had gone to number one in America for three weeks last March, Bruce Channel sees his song "Come On Baby" peak at the bottom rung of the Billboard Hot 100 during a one week stay. It would be the last time he made the Pop chart in America although he did reach #12 in the UK in 1968 with a tune called "Keep On". Channel would later move to Nashville where he penned several successful Country hits for other artists in the '70s and '80s.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Jane Asher announces on a national British TV show, Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off by saying "I haven't broken it off, but it's finished." She has refused all attempts to discuss the matter since then. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and acted surprised by the news, even though Jane had caught him in bed with a woman named Francie Schwartz a few days earlier. Jane was said to have inspired many of McCartney's songs, such as "All My Loving", "And I Love Her", "I'm Looking Through You", "You Won't See Me", "We Can Work It Out", "Here, There and Everywhere", and "For No One". Jane went on to have a long career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and business woman.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Carole King was having a very good week. Her single "It's Too Late" sat on top of Billboard's singles chart and she received a Gold album for "Tapestry". The LP, released four months earlier, was the number one album in the US for 15 weeks and would stay on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for 292 weeks.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Jim Croce's, "Bad Bad Leroy Brown", taken from his second LP, "Life and Times", was the number one song on Billboard's Hot 100. Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the Army a few years earlier.

July 21
Lennie Peters and Dianne Lee had the top tune in England with "Welcome Home". They became the first music act since The Beatles to simultaneously top the UK singles chart and album chart. Although success in America eluded them, they would go on to have three more Top 20 hits in Great Britain. Peters, who died of bone cancer in 1992, was an uncle of Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts.

July 21
While Billboard listed it at #4, Cashbox magazine said that Three Dog Night's version of "Shambala" was the hottest selling single in the country. A simultaneous release by B.W. Stevenson was also a hit on the US Country charts.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their third single, "Pretty Vacant". The performance helped push the song up the charts to #7.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Keith Godchaux, former keyboards player with The Grateful Dead, was killed in a car accident in Marin County, California. Godchaux and his wife, Donna, a background vocalist, had been with the Dead from 1971 until 1979, when they were asked to leave

1988 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
A judge in Aiken, South Carolina ordered James Brown to hold a benefit concert for police and abused children as part of a sentence on drug and firearms charges. Brown called the sentence a back-door way of getting him to do a concert for free.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters got a little help from his friends Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, The Band and others for a live performance of Pink Floyd's, "The Wall". The event was held on the west side of the Berlin wall and helped raise money for disaster relief. Over 200,000 fans attended the concert, which was released on CD and in video form later in the year.

July 21
BBC's Radio One apologizes to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night time visits by young boys to Jackson's estate. The singer denied any improprieties.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her 47-date Drowned World Tour at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was her first world tour since The Girlie Show in 1993 and would gross over $75 million.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
British R&B artist Long John Baldry died after battling a chest infection for four months. He was 64. Baldry was one of the founding fathers of British Rock 'n' Roll in the '60s. Eric Clapton has stated many times that he was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing Baldry perform.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

July 21
The Rolling Stones were the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006, reporting $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows in US arenas and international stadiums.






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