29th JULY

1956: Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes’.

1959: The Isley Brothers record “Shout.” The song reaches No. 47. Joey Dee & the Starliters take the song to No. 6 in 1962.

1963: Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’.

1963: With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.

1965: The Beatles’ second film – “Help!” – premieres in London. Queen Elizabeth is in attendance.

1966: In Britain, gravelly voiced singer Chris Farlowe goes to No. 1 with his version of the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time.”

1966: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.

1967: The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with an edited version of ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart.

1967: The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.

1968: Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.

1968: The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London.

1972: Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’. His only US No.1, the follow up ‘Clair’ peaked at No.2.

1973: Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York at the end of a 33-date North American tour.

1976: Eric Clapton begins his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.

1978: The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.

1981: On the day of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a bunch of records were released relating to the event. They all failed to reach the charts.

1987: Michigan’s governor announces an annual “Four Tops Day” to honor the group’s contribution to American music.

1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n’ Roses played the first of four nights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.

2003: R.E.M. play the last show in their European tour in Nyon, Switzerland.

2005: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.

2007: Timbaland feat Keri Hilson started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Way I Are’, released as the second single from his second album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

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