Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 5






1965 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late '60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club and was signed to RCA later in the year.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers had an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Dobie Gray is awarded a Gold record for the biggest hit of his career, "Drift Away". In 2002, Gray re-recorded this as a duet with Uncle Kracker. When the track reached the Billboard Top 10 in 2003, 30 years after the original, Gray broke the record for the biggest gap between US Top 10 appearances.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. Hundreds of teenage girls gathered at the jail where he was being held.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Pressings of the album cover for "Some Girls" by The Rolling Stones were halted when some of the celebrities whose faces appeared on the album cover (including Lucille Ball), complained.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Police had to be called to calm a rowdy crowd after Rocker Ted Nugent cancelled a concert in Williamsburg, Virginia. So many fans jammed the lobby for refunds that box office workers ran short of cash.

July 5
Billy Ocean went to #1 on the US singles chart with "There'll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)", a #12 hit in the UK.

July 5
At just 20 years old, Janet Jackson becomes the youngest person to top the Billboard album chart since Stevie Wonder did it at the age of 13 in 1963. The LP "Control" featured the single "What Have You Done For Me Lately".

1995 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
Ernie K-Doe, who scored a number one hit in 1961 with a novelty tune called "Mother-In-Law", passed away at the age of 65.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

July 5
The four surviving members of The Grateful Dead gave what they said would be their final performance, playing to some 70,000 singing, dancing and tearful fans at Chicago's Soldier Field. The shows came 20 years after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who played his last show in the nation's third-largest city in 1995.

July 5
After his triumphant appearance at England's Glastonbury Festival on June 28th, Lionel Richie saw the LP "Lionel Richie & The Commodores: The Definitive Collection" climb to the top of the UK album chart. It had previously made it to number 10 when it was released in 2003.






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