This Week In Rock History July 1 – July 7

The Answer to this Week’s Question: Ray Charles’ performance at the Newport Jazz Festival is recorded for a live album: July 5th, 1958. 

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Thomas Dorsey: July 1, 1899 (“the father of black gospel music”)

Willie Dixon: July 1, 1915 (blues composer and musician)

James Cotton: July 1, 1935 (blues harmonica player)

Dan “Elwood J. Blues” Aykroyd: July 1, 1952 (backing vocals and harmonica, The Blues Brothers)

Roy “The Professor” Bittan: July 2, 1949 (piano and keys, The E Street Band)

Paul Barrere: July 3, 1948 (guitar, Little Feat)

Andy Fraser: July 3, 1952 (bass, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers & Free)

Dave Rowberry: July 4, 1940 (keyboards, The Animals)

Alan Wilson: July 4, 1943 (guitar, vocals, harmonica, Canned Heat)

Jeremy Spencer: July 4, 1948 (guitar, Fleetwood Mac)

Robbie Robertson: July 5, 1943 (guitar, The Band)

Michael Monarch: July 5, 1950 (guitar, Steppenwolf)

Michael Shrieve: July 6, 1949 (drums, Santana)

Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey: July 7th, 1940 (drums, The Beatles)


Rushton Moreve: July 1, 1981 (bass, Steppenwolf)

Ray Brown: July 2, 2002 (jazz bassist)

Brian Jones: July 3rd, 1969 (guitar, The Rolling Stones)

Jim Morrison: July 3rd, 1971 (vocals, The Doors)

Louis Armstrong: July 6, 1971 (jazz trumpet and vocals)

Skip Battin: July 6, 2003 (bass, The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Flying Burrito Brothers)

Syd Barrett: July 7th, 2006 (vocals, guitar, Pink Floyd)


The Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” enters the charts: July 1, 1967

Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” gets Gold July 1, 1971

“The Ballad of John and Yoko” hits #8 July 3, 1969

Ray Charles, releases “Ray Charles” July 3rd, 1957

The Beach Boys make a hit single with “I Get Around” July 4, 1964

“Live At The Apollo” by James Brown goes to #2 in US July 6, 1963

Queen’s first single, “Keep Yourself Alive” is released July 6th, 1973

Paul McCartney releases “Live And Let Die” July 7, 1973.


Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Lady Studios in New York is opened for the first time at 52 West 8th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Before he died, Hendrix had only recorded in the new studio for four weeks. Some notable artists who have recorded at the studio include John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Kiss, and AC/DC: July 1, 1970

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band hits #1 on the charts. The album would remain there for 15 weeks! Time Magazine labeled this astonishing record, “a historic departure in the progress of music,” and it would go on to win the Grammy award for Album of the Year, the first rock album ever to do so: July: 1, 1967

The Band’s debut album, Music From Big Pink, is released: July 1, 1968.

Sony debuts the first portable music device, the Walkman: July 1, 1979.

James (Jimi) Hendrix receives an honorary discharge from the army after breaking his ankle during a jump with the 101st Airborne. It is his 26th parachute jump. He never jumped again: July 2nd, 1962

The Lion Hotel in Warrington England hosts a gig by David Bowie and the Lower Third as well as The Powerhouse featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, and Paul Jones. David Bowie’s group made £30 for the job: July 2nd, 1966.

The Beatles record “Her Majesty” and 15 takes of “Golden Slumbers” and “Carry That Weight” at Abbey Road Studios. John Lennon is not present for these Abbey Road sessions, however, as he is recovering from a car accident the previous day in Scotland: July 2nd, 1969.

Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.The band started playing together in 1966 and released three studio albums during the period in which they were together. The band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992: July 2, 1969

Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys for the first time in 12 years: July 2, 1976

The Live 8 concerts are held simultaneously all over the world to benefit impoverished African nations, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Chuck Berry, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who, and a reunited Pink Floyd, among dozens of others. The short Pink Floyd set is particularly outstanding – David Gilmour and Roger Waters sound amazing together. The set consisted of “Breathe,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Comfortably Numb.” We highly encourage you to watch the video of the performance! July 2nd, 2005

The US Newport Jazz festival, a four-day event in Newport, Rhode Island, boasts a pretty damn good lineup, including Led Zeppelin, The Buddy Guy Blues Band, Jethro Tull, James Brown, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, and Sly and the Family Stone. They just don’t make ’em like they used to! July 3, 1969

Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman actually becomes the first Stone to get a solo #1 when his single “(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” tops the UK charts: July 3rd, 1981

Sir Elton John is the first performer granted an honorary Doctorate from England’s Royal Academy of Music: July 3rd, 2002

Ray Charles’ performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was recorded for a live album: July 5th, 1958

The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park to introduce Mick Taylor as their new guitarist: July 5th, 1969.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are introduced to each other. July 6th, 1957

The Jacksons began their Victory Tour in Kansas City, MO: July 6th, 1984

Led Zeppelin plays their final live concert in West Berlin. This just so happened to be the twelfth anniversary of when the Yardbirds broke up: July 7, 1980

Ozzy Osbourne becomes the first artist honored on a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame in Birmingham, England: July 7, 2007

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