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June 30 – July 2 In Music History

Florence Ballard was born, The Band release their debut album and Sinatra goes to No. 1 this weekend in music history.

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June 29, 1943, Little Eva was born!

Eva Narcissus Boyd, better known as Little Eva, was born on this day. She was discovered while working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

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December 5, 1932 – Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard was born in Macon, Georgia. Little Richard had his first commercial success with “Tutti Frutti” that went to #2 on Billboard’s R&B charts. “I’d Been Singing “Tutti Frutti” For years, but it never struck me as … read more

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July 30, 1954

Elvis Presley played his first live show. It was advertised as the Hillbilly Hoedown and included acts Slim Whitman, Bill Walker, ‘Sugarfoot’ Collins and more.

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July 17, 1959

Billie Holiday died in a New York hospital from causes related to excessive drinking.

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July 16, 1967

Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell met during a songwriter’s workshop at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Participants included Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Anderson.

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This Weekend in Music History

A Beatle celebrates a birthday, The Monkees go on tour and Bill Haley & His Comets go to No. 1 this weekend in music history. 

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July 6, 1964

The Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night premiered at The Pavilion in London, the eve of Ring Starr’s 24th birthday. The soundtrack was released four days later.

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July 3, 1969

Founding member of The Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at Cotchford Farm by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin.  The coroner’s report stated “Death by misadventure””while under the influence of drink and … read more

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June 28, 1959

Bobby Darin‘s ‘Dream Lover’ climbs up to No. 1 on the UK singles chart.

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