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Roots of Rock

July 9, 1955:  "Rock Around the Clock" became the first rock and roll recording to hit the top of Billboard's Pop charts, a feat it repeated on charts around the world. (see Aug 21)

Dick Clark

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July 9, 1956: Dick Clark took over as the host of Philadelphia's TV dance show on WFIL, called Bandstand. He got the job after the former host Bob Horn was arrested for DUI. The show would go national on ABC the following year, with the name changed to American Bandstand. (see Sept 9)

Bob Dylan

July 9, 1962: Dylan recorded “Blowin’ In the Wind” A few weeks earlier when he performed it live he stated, "This here ain't no protest song or anything like that, 'cause I don't write no protest songs” while onstage at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, talking about a song he claims to have written in just 10 minutes. (see Aug 2)
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Cultural Milestone

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July 9, 1962: the first one-man exhibition for artist Andy Warhol opens at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, consisting of 32 silk-screened portraits of Campbell's soup cans. (see March 5, 1963)

The Beatles

see Paperback Writer for more
July 9 – 15, 1966: “Paperback Writer” #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. From Rolling Stone magazine: In the annals of Beatles singles, we have what we might think of as a game-starter in "Please Please Me," a game-ender in something like "Let It Be," and a host of game-changers, the most important of which is rarely discussed as one of the band's top efforts.

And yet, "Paperback Writer" – "just a little bluesy song," according to its modest/understating author, Paul McCartney – which was cut 50 years ago in mid-April 1966, and released May 30th of that year, is perhaps the single that best suggests how the Beatles were about to change things up in their most radical way yet.

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July 1 – 28, 1967: “Windy” by the Association is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sgt Pepper’s

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July 1, 1967 – October 13, 1967: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band  Billboard #1 album. (see July 24)

Future Woodstock Performers

July 1, 1968:The Band released its first album, Music From Big Pink. Rick Danko, age 26; Robbie Robertson, age 25; Levon Helm, age 28; Richard Manuel, age 25; Garth Hudson, age 31)
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Abbey Road

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July 1, 1969, The Beatles began recording the Abbey Road album. 

That same day, John Lennon crashed his car in Scotland. From Beatles Bible: While holidaying in Scotland with Yoko Ono, her daughter Kyoko and his son Julian, John Lennon crashed his white British Leyland Austin Maxi car in Golspie in the Highlands.

Lennon was a notoriously bad driver who had rarely been behind the wheel since passing his test in 1965. He was poor at navigating roads and often failed to notice other traffic.

The roads around Golspie were narrow. The weather was poor, and Lennon panicked after spotting a foreign tourist driving towards him. Lennon lost control of his Austin Maxi, driving it into a roadside ditch. He, Ono and Kyoko sustained cuts to the face and Ono's back was injured.
July 1 Music et alThey were taken to Golspie's Lawson Memorial Hospital where Lennon was given 17 facial stitches, Ono 14 in her forehead, and Kyoko four. (see August 20)


July 1, 1971: John Lennon recorded “Imagine.” From Beatles Bible: Lennon's second solo album was his greatest commercial success. On it he tempered some of the more abrasive and confrontational elements of its predecessor, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, offering instead a more conventional pop collection that contains some of his best-loved songs.(Vietnam, see Aug; DE/PP, see July)


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Fear of Rock

July 1957: ABC TV show “The Big Beat”  with Alan Freed began a short run. Though popular, in an early episode Frankie Lymon, a Black singer, was seen dancing with a white girl. Southern stations protested and ABC cancelled the show. A local NYC station, WNEW-TV, continued the show. (see January 20, 1962) (NYT article)

The Rainbow Quest

July 1960: Pete Seeger released The Rainbow Quest album on which was the song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”


July 1964: Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder album released.

FCC adopted non-duplication rule

July, 1964:  the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a non-duplication rule prohibiting FM radio stations in cities of more than 100,000 people from merely running a simulcast of the programming from their AM counterparts. Stations fought the rule and delayed implementation. (CM, see September 5, 1965; RR, see December 13, 1965)

Tim Hardin 1

July, 1966: Tim Hardin (age 25) released first album, Tim Hardin 1. (see Aug 15)

Cultural Milestone

July 1967: the Summer of Love in San Francisco. (see Sept 3)
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Sky Pilot

July 1968: Eric Burdon and the Animals released “Sky Pilot” and Phil Ochs “The War Is Over.” (see August)

Mind Games

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July – August, 1973: in New York's Record Plant East studio, John Lennon began work on the Mind Games album. Mind Games was completed within a period lasting around two weeks, with Lennon producing it himself. The band was credited as the Plastic U.F.Ono Band.

By that summer John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s marriage was on the rocks. Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That decision led to Lennon’s “Lost Weekend,” the 18 months that he lived with Pang in her New York apartment and later a a rented home in Los Angeles. (see Oct 20)

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