July 1 in music history
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On This Day, July 1 In Music History


On this day July 1 in 1963 -- The Beatles recorded ‘She Loves You’. The song became the band’s best-selling single of all time in the UK and it topped several charts around the world.

1967 -- The Association started a four-week run at number one on the US singles chart with ‘Windy’. The song became a chart-topper in Canada as well that year.

1967  – With their eighth studio album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’The Beatles started a fifteen-week run at No.1 in the US. The album topped every chart it entered that year and it won four Grammy Awards.

1968 -- The Band released their debut studio album ‘Music from Big Pink’ on this day July 1 through Capitol Records.

1972 -- Neil Diamond scored his second chart-topping single in the US with ‘Song Sung Blue’ on this day July 1 in music history.

1972 -- The Doobie Brothers released their second studio album ‘Toulouse Street’ on the Warner Bros. label. The album peaked at No.21 in the US.

1975  – Rock band 10cc went to number one on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Not in Love’. The song became a chart-topper in Canada and Ireland as well, while in the US it peaked at No.2.

1981  – American bass guitarist Rushton Moreve lost his life in a car accident on this day July 1, aged 32. Best remembered for his work with the rock band Steppenwolf.

1989  – R&B duo Milli Vanilli went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’.

1994 -- Hootie & the Blowfish topped the US Billboard 200 chart with their debut studio album ‘Cracked Rear View’ on this day July 1 in music history. Also a chart-topper in Canada and New Zealand that year.

1995  – American DJ Robert Weston Smith also known professionally as Wolfman Jack died at the age of 57.

1999  – American pop singer and actor George Cernik also known as Guy Mitchell died on this day July 1, aged 72.

2000  – With ‘Spinning Around’Kylie Minogue topped the UK singles chart. The song also went to No.1 in Australia and Hungary that year.

Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around (Official Video)

2003  – Jazz flute player Herbert Jay Solomon also known professionally as Herbie Mann died at the age of 73. Best remembered for his hit single ‘Hijack’.

2005  – American singer-songwriter and producer Luther Vandross died on this day July 1, aged 54. Best remembered for selling over 40 million records worldwide and winning eight Grammy Awards.

2006  – Rapper Busta Rhymes scored his first No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart with his seventh studio album ‘The Big Bang’.

2006 -- American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks topped the US singles chart with ‘Do I Make You Proud’.

2008  – Founding member and guitarist of the rock band WhitesnakeMel Galley died at the age of 60 from esophageal cancer.

2017  – With her fifth studio album ‘Witness’Katy Perry went to number one in the US on this day July 1 in music history. The album became a chart-topper in Canada and Spain as well, while in the UK it peaked at No.6.


1915  – American blues musician, songwriter and producer William “Willie” Dixon was born on this day July 1 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Best known for shaping the Chicago blues sound and for penning dozens of hit songs, including ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘My Babe’, ‘Spoonful’, ‘Little Red Rooster’, etc.

1930  – American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Byrd also known professionally as Bobby Day was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1935  – Blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player James Cotton was born on this day July 1 in Tunica, Mississippi.

1939  – Singer, songwriter and record producer Delaney Bramlett was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Best known as one half of the husband and wife music duo Delaney & Bonnie.

1942  – American gospel singer and songwriter Andrae Crouch was born on this day July 1 in San Francisco, California.

1945  – American singer-songwriter and actress Debbie Harry was born Angela Trimble in Miami, Florida on this day July 1 in music history. She rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the band Blondie.

1948  – English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Ford was born on this day in Fulham, London.

1951  – Founding member and frontman of the rock band The B-52’sFrederick “Fred” Schneider was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1951  – Singer-songwriter and founding member of the disco group Village PeopleVictor Willis was born on this day July 1 in Dallas, Texas.

1956  – One half of the alternative rock duo The RembrandtsPhil Solem was born in Duluth, Minnesota on this day July 1 in music history.

1960  – American singer, songwriter, and record producer Evelyn “Champagne” King was born in The Bronx, New York City. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Shame’, ‘I’m in Love’, ‘Love Come Down’, etc.

1963  – American musician Roswell “Roddy” Bottum was born in Los Angeles, California on this day July 1 in music history. Best known as the keyboardist for the alternative metal and Faith No More.

1971  – Rapper, singer, and producer Melissa Elliott also known professionally as Missy Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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