Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 30






1954 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance at Overton Park in Memphis, opening for Slim Whitman, where he is overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reaction by the audience.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
The Elvis Presley L.P. "Elvis is Back" sat at the top of the UK album chart. The disc, which was Presley's first album to be released in true stereo, would reach #2 in the US.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Jerry Samuels, a recording engineer at Associated Recording Studios in New York who billed himself as Napoleon XIV, had the best selling single in America with a novelty tune called "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" Several radio stations, including WABC and WMCA in New York, would ban the song because it seemed to ridicule the insane.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
After loses exceeding 200,000 Pounds, the Apple Boutique, owned and operated by The Beatles, closed its doors after just seven months in business at 94 Baker Street, Marylebone, London. After the owners had their pick, the remaining stock was given away.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Gary Glitter tops the UK chart with "I'm The leader Of The Gang (I Am)", the first of his three UK number one hits.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
The Bee Gees' younger brother Andy Gibb started a three week stay at the top of the Billboard Pop chart with "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", his first of three US number ones. The record made it to #26 in the UK.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Former member of The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, Steve Winwood had the number 1 song in the US this week with "Roll With It". It stayed at the top for four weeks, making it the number one song of the year. In the UK however, the record stalled at #53. Winwood's next release, "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" also made it into the US Top Ten, while the following singles, "Holding On" and "One and Only Man" cracked the Top Twenty.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Over 400,000 fans saw The Rolling Stones give a open air concert in Toronto, Canada. The event was held to show the world that Toronto was a safe city to visit, following an outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) earlier in the year. Also appearing on the show were AC/DC, The Guess Who, Rush and many others.

July 30
Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis Presley and owner of the legendary Sun Records, passed away at the age of 80. Phillips also helped launch the careers of Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty and Jerry Lee Lewis. He sold Elvis' contract to RCA in November, 1955, for $40,000. Sam was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
A representative for Phil Spector reported that the former music producer was struggling to adapt to life in prison and was "not doing great", calling the situation "a devastating turn in his life." The 69 year old was sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars last May after he was found guilty of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California home in 2003.

July 30
Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognized as co-writer of the band's 1967 hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale". Britain's Law Lords unanimously ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008, saying that the 38 years he waited to launch the lawsuit, was too long.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

July 30
Richard "Scar" Lopez, a founding member of Cannibal And The Headhunters, the East Los Angeles vocal group that scored a #30 Billboard hit in 1965 with "Land of 1000 Dances", died of lung cancer at the age of 65.






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