July 3 in music history
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On This Day, July 3 In Music History


On this day July 3 in 1965  – The Four Tops returned to number one on the US singles chart with ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’.

1968  – With ‘Baby, Come Back’The Equals went to number one on the UK singles chart. The song was a chart-topper in Belgium and South Africa as well.

1969  – English multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Brian Jones died by drowning in a swimming pool on this day July 3, aged 27. Best remembered as a founding member and original leader of the Rolling Stones.

1971  – American singer-songwriter and poet Jim Morrison died on this day July 3 in music history at the age of 27. Best remembered as the co-founder and frontman of The Doors.

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1972  – American hill country blues singer and guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died on this day at the age of 68.

1982  – Synthpop group the Human League topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Don’t You Want Me’. The song was a big international hit and it went to No.1 in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, and the UK as well.

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1995  – American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist D’Angelo released his debut studio album ‘Brown Sugar’. The album peaked at No.22 in the US and became a certified Platinum record.

2001  – American country singer, songwriter and comedian Johnny Russell died on this day July 3, aged 61. Best remembered for his rendition of ‘Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer’ which peaked at No.4 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

2004  – Hip hop group the Beastie Boys topped the US Billboard 200 chart with their sixth studio album ‘To the 5 Boroughs’ on this day July 3 in music history. Also a chart-topper in Canada, and a hit in the UK and Australia where it peaked at No.2.

2008  – Founding member of the blues rock band Climax Blues BandColin Cooper died on this day July 3 at the age of 69.

2010  – Canadian rapper Drake went to number one in the US with his debut studio album ‘Thank Me Later’. Also a chart-topper in the UK and Canada that year.

2021  – With her debut studio album ‘Sour’Olivia Rodrigo went to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart on this day July 3. The album topped eighteen charts worldwide and it won a Grammy Award.


1930  – American guitarist and studio musician Thomas Tedesco was born on this day July 3 in Niagara Falls, New York. Best known as the leading session musician of the collective The Wrecking Crew.

1940  – R&B soul singer and songwriter Fontella Bass was born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri. She rose to fame with her 1965 chart-topping hit single ‘Rescue Me’.

1943  – Australian singer and songwriter Judith Durham was born in Essendon on this day July 3 in music history. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop-folk group The Seekers.

1947  – English musician and artist Anthony “Top” Topham was born on this day July 3 in Southall. Best known as a founding member and first lead guitarist of The Yardbirds.

1947  – American actress and singer Betty Buckley was born on this day in Big Spring, Texas. She has released 18 solo albums and has featured on many Broadway compilation recordings.

1948  – American guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Paul Barrere was born in Los Angeles, California. Best known as a member of the rock band Little Feat.

1949  – Co-founder and frontman of the disco funk band HeatwaveJohnnie Wilder was born in Dayton, Ohio on this day July 3 in music history.

1951  – Founding member and multi-instrumentalist of the rock band The BabysMichael Corby was born in Windsor, England.

1952  – American singer-songwriter Laura Branigan was born on this day July 3 in Brewster, New York. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Gloria’, ‘Solitaire’, ‘Self Control’, etc.

1956  – Founder and frontman of the heavy metal band Ratt, Stephen Pearcy was born in Long Beach, California.

1960  – English musician and songwriter Vincent Martin also known as Vince Clarke was born in South Woodford. Best known as a founding member of the bands Depeche Mode and Erasure.

1969  – Canadian musician Kevin Hearn was born on this day July 3 in Toronto, Ontario.

1975  – Argentinian drummer Javier Weyler was born in Buenos Aires. He rose to fame as a member of Stereophonics from 2004 until 2012.

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