Today In Music History – July 19th.

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1954, Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, “That’s All Right. The single broke new ground, mixing R&B, country, and rockabilly, and is widely regarded as the first rock n’ roll single.

1967, Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie Speedway co-starring Nancy Sinatra in Hollywood. (It was Presley’s twenty-seventh film).

1976, Deep Purple split up at the end of an UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake.

1980, Queen scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘The Game’, featuring the single ‘Another One Bites The Dust’. Also, today, July 19th, is Brian May’s birthday.

1987, Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.

1989, Residents of Washington, Connecticut formed a ‘Roll the Stones Out of Town’, action group after they were unhappy with The Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. Residents said it was like the army had moved in and taken over, with security guards stopping locals and asking them what they were doing there.

1991, Steven Adler ex drummer with Guns N’ Roses filed a suit in Los Angeles county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that the band introduced him to hard drugs.

2010, Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi settled a long-running legal dispute over the use of the group’s name. Of course they would go on to play together again!

2019, Crowds dancing at a festival triggered minor earthquakes. The biggest tremors were recorded during a headline set by indie band Two Door Cinema Club at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. Did the Earth move for you? Music History, Today In Music History – July 19th.

2022, Queen make chart history. 1981’s ‘Greatest Hits’ racks up over 7 million in album sales, Queen are the first band to do this.

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