This Month in Music History – July


July 1

•  1970: Casey Kasem’s “The American Top Forty” radio show debuts in eleven U.S. cities

•  1969: Sam Phillips sells Sun Records

July 2

•  1980: Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and manager Joel Rifkin of the Grateful Dead are arrested in San Diego for interfering in the drug-related arrest of a concert-goer

•  2005: Live 8 Concerts take place around the world to draw attention to poverty in Africa

July 3

•  1969: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool

July 6

•  1957: 15-year-old Paul McCartney and 16-year-old John Lennon meet at a church picnic near Liverpool

July 7

•  1980: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin performs for the last time

July 9

•  1995: Jerry Garcia plays with the Grateful Dead for the last time at Chicago’s Soldier Field; he will die of a heart attack in one month

•  1971: Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is buried at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

July 11

•  1969: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” as an ode to American space travel to the moon

July 13

•  1985: Live Aid, a concert to benefit world hunger, takes place at Wembley Stadium in England and at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia

July 17

•  1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience opens for The Monkees at N.Y.’s Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

July 20

•  1965: Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is released by Columbia Records

July 21

•  1990: Roger Waters performs “The Wall” at  the former site of The Berlin Wall

July 23

•  1980: Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux dies two days after a car accident

July 25

•  1969: Neil Young makes his first appearance with Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Fillmore East

•  1965: Bob Dylan plugs in his guitar and is booed at the Newport Folk Festival

July 29

•  1974: Mama Cass Elliott dies in her London apartment from a heart attack at the age of 32

•  1968: The Byrds leave for a tour of South Africa without Gram Parsons, who claimed he refuses to enter a country that allows apartheid. The decision ended Parsons tenure with The Byrds



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