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July 16, 1959 The Coasters memorable novelty “Poison Ivy” (#7 Pop, #1 R&B) was recorded.

Top Single: “Story Untold” The Crew Cuts #18 1955

Sollie McElroy (The Flamingos) 1933


July 17, 1954
The Crows, The Clovers, The Hollywood Flames, The Chords, The Robins and The Four Tunes appeared at the annual Rock & Roll jubilee held at Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium.

1967 –
In one of the most bizarre performance pairings in history The Monkees appeared at Forest Hills Stadium, New York with show opener Jimi Hendrix.

Top Single:
“Please Stay” The Drifters #16 1961 “Afternoon Delight” Starland Vocal Band #1 1976

July 18, 1953 The Dominos
“You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” (#8 R&B) was released. It became their 10th top 10 hit. 1989 – The Jefferson Airplane reformed with original members (Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy) The group then became Starship.

Top Single:
“Rag Doll” The Four Seasons #1 1964

Birthday: Dion DiMucci
(Dion & The Belmonts 1939

Martha Reeves
(Vandellas) 1941 Cindy Heron (En Vogue) 1965

July 19, 1969 The Brooklyn Bridge’s
4th of 7 top 100 entries, “Your Husband, My Wife” charted. The vocal members consisted of former Crests leader Johnny Maestro and three of The Del Satins.

1958 – George Treadwell,
The Drifters manager walked backstage at the Apollo Theatre, fired his group, walked across to the dressing room of the groups opening act, The Crowns, hired them and then christened them The Drifters. The Crowns lead singer was Ben E. King.

Top Single:
“Love Is Blue” The Dells #22 1969 “It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me” Billy Joel #1 1980

July 20, 1954 Elvis Presley
gave his first public performance outside a Memphis drug store on a flatbed truck. Top Single: “Surf City” Jan & Dean #1 1963

July 21, 1958 The Elegants
“Little Star” charted. It was based on Mozart’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” written by the 8 year old in 1764.

1959 –
15 year old Bobby Vee, who replaced Buddy Holly at a Fargo, North Dakota concert when Holly died in a February plane crash, had his first single issued titled: “Suzy Baby” (#77). He went on to have 38 chart hits. Top Single: “Wah Watusi” The Orlons #2 1962 “Yakety Yak” The Coasters #1 1958

Kim Fowley
(The Jayhawks) 1944


July 22, 1957 Lee Andrews
& The Hearts “Long Lonely Nights” (#45 Pop #11 R&B) came out. The same day Louis Lymon & The Teenchords recorded their last single for Fury, “I’m Not Too Young To Fall In Love” before signing with End Records, part of the same company brother Frankie was signed to. 1977 – Tony Orlando announced during a show with is act Dawn that he was retiring from performing which shocked the group since he never told them.

Top Single:
“Stardust” Billy Ward & The Dominoes #11 R&B 1957 “Shadow Dancing” Andy Gibb #1 1978

Birthday: Chuck Jackson
(The Dell-Vikings) 1937

Thomas Wayne
(The Delons) Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes) 1944


July 23, 1988
After a 20 year hiatus, the original Danleers of “one Summer Night” fame regrouped for the Westbury Music fair on Long Island, New York.

Top Single:
“I Saw Her Again” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #9 1966

Cleve Duncan (The Penguins) 1935


July 24, 1954
The Orioles “In The Chapel In The Moonlight” and The Vibranaires “Doll Face” were issued.

1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful
performed in a Greenwich village club for an audience that included Bob Dylan and Phil Spector.

Top Single: “Let’s Twist Again”
Chubby Checker #10 1961

“Indian Reservation” The Raiders #1 1971

Birthday: Barbara Love
(Friends Of Distinction) 1941

July 25, 1970 Dawn’s “Candida”
charted (#3) becoming their first of 25 top 100 hits.

1965 – Bob Dylan’s
folk era changed to Rock when he performed at The Newport Folk Festival with an electric back-up group, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He was roundly booed.

Top Single: “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” The Nylons 1987 #13 “I’m Sorry” Brenda Lee #1 1960

Birthday: Rudy West
(The Five Keys) 1932

July 26,
1969 The “B” side of The Friends Of Distinction’s “Goin’ In Circles” (#15), “Let Yourself Go” charted (#63). Tom Jones’ “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” charted reaching #6.

Top Single:
“Ting A Ling” The Clovers #5 R&B 1952 “In The Year 2525” Zager & Evans #1 1969

Darleen Love
(The Blossoms) 1938


July 27, 1976
John Lennon finally received his U.S. “Green Card” three years and four months after U.S. immigration ordered him to leave.

Top Single: “Lonely Boy”
Paul Anka #1 1959

July 28, 1958 The Quintones
“Down The Asile Of Love” (#18 Pop, #5 R&B) The Heartbeats “One Day Next Year” and The Diablos “For Old Times Sake” came out. 1973 – The largest Rock concert to date happened at Watkins Glen race track in upstate New York when The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead performed for over 600,000 people.

Top Single: “60 Minute Man”
Billy Ward & The Dominoes #1 R&B 1951 “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” Elvis Presley #1 1956

July 29, 1974 Mama’s & Papa’s
member Cass Elliot died in a London flat from a heart attack brought on by choking on a ham sandwich. It was the same flat Keith Moon (of The Who) died in 4 months later.

1966 – Bob Dylan
suffered severe injuries during a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, NY home.

Top Single: “C’mon Marianne”
The Four Seasons #10 1967 “Alone Again, Naturally” Gilbert O’Sullivan #1 1972

July 30, 1955 The Hilltoppers
“The Kentuckian Song” (#20) became their 8th of 17 charters between 1952 and 1957. Top Single: “Best Of My Love” The Emotions #6 1977

July 31, 1961
The group that sang backup for most of chubby Checker’s hits finally hit with one of their own when The Dreamlovers “When We Get Married” charted (#10). 1968 – The Beatles “Hey Jude” was released

Top Single: “Kiss And Say Goodbye”
The Manhattans #1 1976 “You’ve Got A Friend” James Taylor #1 1971

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