July 2 in music history
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On This Day, July 2 In Music History

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY JULY 2 IN MUSIC HISTORY

On this day July 2 in 1956 -- Elvis Presley recorded his version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller‘s song ‘Hound Dog’. It became a chart-topper in the US and a No.2 hit in the UK.

1966 -- Frank Sinatra went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Strangers in the Night’. The song became a chart-topper in seven more countries, including the UK.

1969  – With ‘Something in the Air’Thunderclap Newman went to number one on the UK singles chart on this day July 2 in music history.

1977 Bill Conti topped the US singles chart with ‘Gonna Fly Now’, the theme song from the movie ‘Rocky’ starring Sylvester Stallone.

1982  – American country and blues musician DeFord Bailey died on this day at the age of 82. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

1983 -- Rod Stewart went to number one on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Jane’. The song was a worldwide hit as well that year and it topped the charts in Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, and West Germany. In the US it peaked at No.14.

1988  – With ‘Dirty Diana’Michael Jackson went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on this day July 2 in music history.

2005  – With her version of ‘Inside Your Heaven’Carrie Underwood debuted at number one on the US and Canadian singles charts.

2005 -- Roger Waters and Pink Floyd reunited for the first time in 24 years to perform at the Live 8 concert for global awareness in London on this day July 2 in music history.

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2007  – American lyricist and composer Hyman Zaritsky also known as Hy Zaret died at the age of 99. Best remembered for writing ‘Unchained Melody’, one of the most recorded songs in music history.

2011  – The hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil composed of Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ went to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with their debut EP ‘Hell: The Sequel’. Also a chart-topper in Canada and the UK that year.

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2018  – Founding member and bassist of the pop group Bay City RollersAlan Longmuir died on this day July 2, aged 70.

2022  – With this seventh studio album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’Drake went to number one in the US on this day July 2. Also a chart-topper in Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the UK.

2022 -- Drake & 21 Savage topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Jimmy Cooks’. Also a chart-topper in Canada and the UK.

BORN ON THIS DAY JULY 2 IN MUSIC HISTORY

1925  – American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter Marvin Rainwater was born on this day July 2 in music history. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Whole Lotta Woman’ and ‘Gonna Find Me a Bluebird’.

1927  – American tenor saxophone player Lee Allen was born on this day July 2 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He’s hailed as one of the most important instrumentalists in rock and roll.

1934  – English musician and songwriter Dion O’Brien also known professionally as Tom Springfield was born in Hampstead, London. Best known as a member of the pop-folk trio The Springfields which he formed together with his sister Dusty Springfield and Tim Feild.

1937 – English keyboardist, composer and arranger Dee Palmer was born in Hendon, London. Best known for her work with the rock band Jethro Tull from 1968 until 1980.

1939  – Baritone singer and choreographer Paul Williams was born on this day July 2 in Ensley, Alabama. He rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Temptations.

1949  – American multi-instrumentalist Roy Bittan was born in Queens, New York on this day July 2 in music history. Best known as a longtime member of the E Street Band.

1952  – American pianist Gene Taylor was born on this day July 2 in Norwalk, California.

1952  – Founding member of the rock band Huey Lewis and the NewsJohnny Colla was born in Sacramento, California.

1954  – Irish bassist, composer and producer Patrick Cusack also known professionally as Pete Briquette was born on this day July 2 in music history.

1970  – British rapper Simone Johnson also known by her stage name Monie Love was born on this day in London.

1974  – American musician Rocky Gray was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He rose to fame as the drummer for Evanescence from 2002 until 2007.

1983  – Singer-songwriter and guitarist Michelle Branch was born on this day July 2 in Sedona, Arizona.

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