Today in Rock History – July 30

1966, The Beatles started a five week run at number one on the US album chart with Yesterday…And Today, the group’s 8th chart topping album.

1966, The Troggs started a two week run at number one on the singles chart with “Wild Thing.”

1967, The Who appeared at the Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami, Florida.

1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to passers by and Apple staff.

1969, The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on “Come Together,” “Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,” “You Never Give Me Your Money,” and “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight.” The Beatles began to assemble the “medley” that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard “Her Majesty,” but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of “The End.” Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

1973, The Mamas & the Papas Papa John Phillips calls a press conference to accuse his old label ABC-Dunhill of “the systematic, cold-blooded theft of perhaps up to $60 million, stolen from each and every artist who ever recorded for the company during a seven-year period.”

1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.

1977, The Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at number one on the singles chart with “I Just Wanna Be Your Everything,” his first of three chart toppers.

1978, Glen Goine, singer and guitarist with Parliament Funkadelic died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 24.

1978, Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band appeared at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.

1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, ‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.

1994, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at the two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.

2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Born on July 30: Buddy Guy (1936);  Paul Anka (1941) and David Sanborn (1945); Andy Scott, guitar, Sweet (1949); Kate Bush (1958); Brad Hargraves, Third Eye Blind (1972)

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