Today in Music History - July 20

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Today in Music History - July 20


Today in Music History - July 20

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Today in Music History for July 20:

In 1940, Billboard magazine published its first comprehensive singles record chart. Billboard had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all the labels. The first No. 1 record on this chart was "I'll Never Smile Again" by "The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra" with Frank Sinatra and "The Pied Pipers."

In 1945, John Lodge, bass guitarist and vocalist with "The Moody Blues," was born in Birmingham, England. Lodge joined the band in 1967, in time for their first concept album, "Days of Future Passed." The LP contained "Nights in White Satin," which, when it was released as a single five years later, became their biggest hit. Their album "Long Distance Voyager" topped the Billboard album chart in 1981, and they had a top-10 single in 1986 with "Your Wildest Dreams."

In 1947, Carlos Santana, leader of the Latin-influenced rock band that bears his name, was born in Mexico. The band was formed in San Francisco in 1967, and by 1969 had gained enough of a reputation to be invited to participate in the Woodstock Festival. Their performance of "Soul Sacrifice" stopped the show. His stunning 1999 comeback album, "Supernatural," won eight Grammys.

In 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black performed in public for the first time, billing themselves as "The Blue Moon Boys." They performed at the opening of a new drugstore in Memphis.

In 1963, the No. 1 record on the Billboard pop chart was "Surf City" by "Jan and Dean." Jan Berry and Dean Torrence recorded the song in a converted garage underneath their apartment in Bel Air, Calif.

In 1965, "The Lovin' Spoonful's" "Do You Believe in Magic" was released. It began their string of more than a dozen hits.

In 1965, Bob Dylan's single "Like a Rolling Stone" was released. Dylan's first major hit topped the Billboard Hot 100, getting air play despite being six-minutes long at a time when singles were normally half that length. The backing musicians included Michael Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on organ. It was among the songs Dylan played later that month at the Newport Folk Festival, where folk purists were angered that Dylan played an electric guitar and performed rocked up music. "Like a Rolling Stone" was picked as the top single of all time in a poll conducted in 2004 by "Rolling Stone" magazine. Dylan told "60 Minutes" he never paid attention to such polls, because they changed from week to week.

In 1968, Jane Asher announced to a national TV audience in Britain that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. McCartney, watching the program at a friend's home, was reported to have been taken by surprise at the news.

In 1968, "Iron Butterfly's" "In-a-Gadda-da-Vidda" debuted on the American pop chart.

In 1969, singer Roy Hamilton, whose version of "Unchained Melody" was the best-selling R&B record of 1955, died of a heart attack at age 40. His powerful baritone voice was also featured on such hits as "You'll Never Walk Alone" in 1954 and "You Can Have Her" in 1961. …

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