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July 29th, 1974 Mama Cass Dies at 32

July 29, 1974, Mama Cass Elliot known best from The Mamas & The Papas but in 1974, at the height of her solo career, died in her sleep from a heart attack at the age of 32. There was never … read more

July 24th, 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders at No. 1 with ‘Indian Reservation’

On July 24th, 1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Indian Reservation’. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as ‘The Pale Faced Indian’ and then … read more

July 23rd, 1966 Frank Sinatra at No. 1 with ‘Strangers In The Night’

On July 23rd, 1966, Frank Sinatra went to No. 1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the … read more

July 22nd, 1944 Estelle Bennett was born

On July 22nd, 1944, Estelle Bennett (a member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley) was born.

July 21st, 1948 Cat Stevens was Born

On July 21st, 1947, Born on this day, Cat Stevens, singer, songwriter, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Matthew And Son’, 1972 UK No.9 & US No.6 single, ‘Morning Has Broken’). Wrote ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ Covered by PP Arnold, Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow. Converted to the Muslim religion in 1977 changing his name to Yusef Islam. … read more

July 18th, 1953 An “Undiscovered” Elvis Presley Made his First Recording Ever

On July 18th, 1953, Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’. The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called ‘Elvis – the Great Performances’.… read more

July 16th, 1900 Recording Company ‘RCA Victor’ Register Logo with US Patent Office

On July 16th, 1900, His Master’s Voice, the logo of the Victor Recording Company and later RCA Victor, was registered with the US Patent Office. The logo depicts the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone curiously listening to a recording of his masters voice.… read more

July 14th, 1912 American Folk Musician Woody Guthrie Was Born

On July 14th, 1912, Born on this day, Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma. Folk singer and songwriter, famous for his ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ and protest songs in the 1930’s and 1940’s. … read more

July 11th, 1964 The Beatles appeared on ABC’s Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)

On July 11th, 1964, The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program “Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)”, performing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘Things We Said Today’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’.

July 10th, 1961 Bobby Lewis at No. 1 with ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’

On July 10th, 1961, Bobby Lewis started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’, the longest running No.1 single of 1961, spending seven weeks at the top of the chart.