July 2 – Today In Rock Music History

On this day in 1956 Elvis Presley records Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel in New York

Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

Musicians Born On July 2

1925 Marvin Rainwater (Whole Lotta Woman)
1939 Paul Williams (Temptations)
1936 Tom Springfield (Springfields)
1952 Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis & The News)
1954 Pete Briquette (Boomtown Rats)
1957 Mike Anger (Blow Monkeys)
1964 Dave Parsons (Transvision Vamp)

Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

Number 1 In The Charts On July 2

1966 Frank Sinatra: Strangers in the Night US 45
1969 Thunderclap Newman: Something in the Air UK 45
1977 Hot Chocolate: So You Win Again UK 45
1977 A Star Is Born soundtrack UK LP
1977 Bill Conti: Gonna Fly Now US 45
1983 Rod Stewart: Baby Jane UK 45
1988 Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman UK LP
1994 Ace of Base : Happy Nation : UK LP

Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

Various Music Events On July 2

1954 Kitty Kallen hits UK chart at No. 5 with Little Things Mean a Lot

1956 Elvis Presley records Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel in New York

1956 Buddy Holly’s first single, Love Me/Blue Days Black Night, released in the US

1956 John Burnette Trio begin sessions at Owen Bradley’s Barn Studios in Nashville. Oh Baby Babe and Long Train Kept a’Rollin’ result

1956 Following Elvis Presley’s appearance on Steve Allen Show the previous night, US TV critic John Crosby refers to him as an ‘unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer’

Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

1969 Mountain formed (from Vagrants)

1971 T. Rex release Get It On in the UK

1973 Brian Eno quits Roxy Music

1981 Bruce Springsteen plays opening gig at Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey

1990 Representatives of the Italian Catholic Church, angry about Madonna’s alleged inappropiate use of crucifixes and sacred symbols,succeed in their attempt to halt her concerts in Rome

1991 Guns ‘n’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose jumped off the stage and attacked a fan who was videotaping a concert outside of St. Louis. In the ensuing riot, 60 people were hurt and the venue was wrecked.

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