Rock 'n' Roll History for
July 7






1954 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Two versions of "Sh-Boom" hit the US Top 10. The original version by a Black group called The Chords was at #9 and the cover version by a White group from Canada called The Crew Cuts was at #5.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" enters the US charts, where it will eventually reach number one. The record holds the distinction of being the first number-one song on Billboard's newly created Hot 100 chart, replacing the magazine's Jockeys and Top 100 charts.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
David Rose, known for his movie scores and string albums, had the number one song on the Billboard chart with "The Stripper", a number he had written years before as a bit of comic relief for his orchestra.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Sonny And Cher perform their new single "I Got You Babe" on US TV's Rock and Roll show, Shindig.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
The Monkees began a 29 date tour with Jimi Hendrix as a support act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows, being told that his music was not suitable for a young audience.

July 7
The Lovin' Spoonful's Zal Yanofsky and Steve Boone are arrested for drug use. The pair later implicated some of San Francisco's best-connected drug suppliers.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
The Yardbirds wrapped up their final US tour before splitting up. Guitarist Jimmy Page was determined to keep the act going, renaming a new line-up The New Yardbirds. Keith Moon of The Who is rumored to have said "...it'll probably go over like a led zeppelin", thus inspiring the final name change.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
ABBA members, 26 year old Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21 year old Agnetha Faltskog (the blonde) are married in Verum, Sweden. They would divorce in 1979.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Paul McCartney releases "Live and Let Die", the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. It will reach #2 in the US and #9 in the UK.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Cher and Gregg Allman become the parents of a son they named Elijah Blue Allman.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
On the twelfth anniversary of the break-up of The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin played their final live concert in West Berlin. They finished the show with "Whole Lotta Love".

1984 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
"Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood becomes the biggest selling single of all time in Great Britain, replacing Paul McCartney's "Mull Of Kintyre" for that honor.

July 7
Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" went to #1 on the Billboard album chart for the first of a four week stay. On the strength of seven single releases, the LP would stay in the Top Ten for a remarkable 84 weeks. It eventually reached a 15 Times Platinum certification on April 19, 1995 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
CDs started outselling vinyl records for the first time. The dominance of CDs virtually wiped out the 45 RPM single format, as nothing ended up replacing them. The 3 1/2 inch CD single would die out after record companies refused to offer them at a reasonable price.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
A jet carrying Rod Stewart makes an emergency landing after a mid-air collision with a bird. Aviation officials call the incident "undramatic," but Stewart is visibly shaken.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Syd Barrett, a founding member and driving force behind Pink Floyd, died from complications arising from diabetes at the age of 60. He had dropped out of the group in April of 1968 and by 1974 had turned his back on the music industry completely, choosing to retreat to the cellar of his childhood home in Cambridge where he shunned all contact with the outside world.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honored on a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame in Birmingham, England.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
After an earlier private funeral, Michael Jackson's family and fans said farewell to the King Of Pop at an emotional memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Berry Gordy, who signed The Jackson 5 to Motown Records in 1968, closed his eulogy by saying "Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever."

2010 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr onstage at a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to help celebrate the former Beatle drummer's 70th birthday. With Ringo's All Starr Band, joined by Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young and Steven Van Zandt, Paul belted out "Birthday" and Ringo delivered "With A Little Help From My Friends".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

July 7
George Michael expressed his delight after learning that English tabloid News of the World was shutting down. As a constant target of the paper, Michael declared that the announcement is "a fantastic day for Britain."






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