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31st JULY

1955: Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening).

1957: Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.

1959: Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’

1964: Martha & the Vandellas release “Dancing in the Street,” which later goes to No. 2.

1966: Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England.

1968: The Beatles record “Hey Jude.” It tops Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 singles chart for nine weeks, making it the megagroup’s biggest hit.

1968: Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.

1968: Working at Trident studios in London, England, The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song ‘Hey Jude’.

1969: Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961).

1971: Bob Dylan appears at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden. It’s his only major live appearance this year.

1971: James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’. The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal male Performance and Song Of The Year.

1971: A security guard was stabbed to death during a concert by The Who at New York’s Forest Hill Stadium.

1978: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Miss You,” The Rolling Stones. The song is the band’s eighth No. 1 single.

1982: Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was at No.1 on the US album chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie Rocky III, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.

1985: The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart).

1991: Bryan Adams was enjoying his third week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.

1999: Christina Aguilera scored her first US No.1 single with ‘Genie In A Bottle’, also No.1 in the UK.

2004: Simon & Garfunkel wrap up the European leg of their reunion tour with a free gig at Rome’s Coliseum that attracts 600,000 fans.

2011: Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” climbed back to the top of the British albums chart.

2012: Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadionin Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever – 4 hours and 6 minutes.