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July 24th – What a Date in Music History

Posted by jhochstat on July 23, 2008

You may be asking, Hey JRoxx why are you saying that July 24th is such a big deal in music history?

Well, I’ll tell you what music events took place through the years that all happened to fall on July 24th:

July 24th 1960
The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run” enters the US pop chart and at the same time introduces the instrumental surf sound to rock & roll. The song will peak at #2.

July 24th 1964
Fans overreact to a Rolling Stones concert in Blackpool, England. Police are summoned when a riot ensues.

July 24th 1965
The Beach Boys’ “California Girls” is released in the US.

July 24th 1966
The New York Times reports that British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was present at the re-opening of Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Bankruptcy had closed the doors but thousands of Beatles fans signed a petition requesting Wilson to reopen the club.

July 24th 1967
Jefferson Airplane’s second album “Surrealistic Pillow” is certified US gold due to the top ten hits, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”

All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana.

July 24th 1971
T Rex had their second UK No.1 with the single ‘Get It On’.

July 24th 1976
Elton John and Kiki Dee started a six week run at No.1 in the UK with the single with ‘Don’ t Go Breaking My Heart’.

Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone” is released.

July 24th 1978
The Robert Stigwood film ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, was released, featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton.

July 24th 1982
Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK.

July 24th 1984
Several people collapsed from heat exhaustion during a concert by Huey Lewis and the News at the North Dakota State Fair.

July 24th 1987
The movie biography of Richie Valens — “La Bamba” opens. The film starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens. It also features Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Setzer.

July 24th 1990
A wrongful death trial involving Judas Priest opens in Reno, Nevada. Parents had charged in a lawsuit that the band’s “Stained Class” album contained subliminal messages that drove two teen-agers to attempt suicide. The judge eventually cleared the group.

July 24th 1993
U2 started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Zooropa’.

UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, also on the same day they went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Promises And Lies’.

That’s a lot of music history to all fall on one date for sure…………

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