1961: "Tossin' and Turnin'" moved to #1 for Bobby Lewis. "The Boll Weevil Song" from Brook Benton was #2, followed by the former #1 "Quarter to Three" by Gary U.S. Bonds and Dee Clark's "Raindrops" at #4.
1964: The Beatles released the album A Hard Day's Night.
1965: The popular duo Sonny & Cher were unheard of on this date, until their first single was released on Monday, July 10 and people began to take notice. They would score 20 hits over the next eight years.
1965: The Rolling Stones hit #1 for the first time with "Satisfaction", knocking the Four Tops to 2 with "I Can't Help Myself".
1971: Carole King from Stanley, Idaho remained at #1 for the fourth straight week with "It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move". The Raiders, from Boise, Idaho, held on to #2 with hit #19--"Indian Reservation". Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose was still at 3 with "Treat Her Like a Lady" followed by the Carpenters and "Rainy Days and Mondays". The rest of the Top 10: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds at #5 with "Don't Pull Your Love", "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor, Jean Knight moved from 12-7 with "Mr. Big Stuff", the Honey Cone was at 8 with "Want Ads", Jerry Reed remained at #9 with "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and Carly Simon entered the Top 10 with "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be".
1971: Carole King made it three weeks in a row at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "It's Too Late".
1972: Nilsson released the album Son of Schmilsson with the contributions of ex-Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
1976: Starland Vocal Band reached #1 with their first single "Afternoon Delight". "Kiss and Say Goodbye" from the Manhattans moved from 9-2 and would threaten. The Brothers Johnson were right behind, moving from 8-3 with "I'll Be Good To You". The Captain & Tennille had #4--"Shop Around". The rest of the Top 10: Andrea True Connection had song #5--"More, More, More", Wings fell to 6 with their former #1 ("Silly Love Songs"), Dorothy Moore was at 7 with "Misty Blue", Gary Wright was following up "Dream Weaver" with another Top 10--"Love Is Alive", Hall & Oates fell to position #9 with "Sara Smile" and the Beatles registered their 31st Top 10 song, six years after their breakup, with "Got To Get You Into My Life".
1989: The Monkees were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993: SWV (Sisters With Voices) took over at #1 with "Weak", replacing Janet Jackson's "That's the Way Love Goes" after eight weeks. UB40 moved to #4 with "Can't Help Falling in Love" and H-Town's "Knockin' Da Boots" was #5. The rest of the Top 10: Robin S with "Show Me Love", Rod Stewart's 47th hit--"Have I Told You Lately" was at #7, "Dre Day" by Dr. Dre remained at 8, Expose was up to 9 with "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me" and Duran Duran closed out the list with "Come Undone".
1997: Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders married Lucho Brieva.
1998: Sheena Easton was available. She filed for divorce from husband Timothy Delarm.
2002: Dolly Parton began a 13-day tour.
2002: Green Day, No Doubt and David Bowie were part of the four-day Move Festival on the Old Trafford Cricket Grounds in Manchester, England.
2008: Beatles memorabilia fetched a pretty penny at Christie's Memorabilia auction in London. The drum skin that was featured on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album sold for $1 million, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Give Peace a Chance" sold for $832,257 and a pair of Lennon's prescription tinted sunglasses fetched $79,000. A rare reel-to-reel master recording of Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 attracted a buyer at $95,000, Hendrix's Marshall amplifier at that concert raised $50,000 and a pair of his flashy flared pants brought in $49,000.
2009: Robert Plant was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal by Prince Charles of England at Buckingham Palace.
Born This Day:
1937: Sandy Stewart ("My Coloring Book" in 1963)
1937: Gene Simmons ("Haunted House" from 1964) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
1943: Jerry Miller of Moby Grape was born in Tacoma, Washington.
1947: Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody and singer of the story "Alice's Restaurant" and "The City of New Orleans", was born in Coney Island, New York.
1949: Dave Smalley of the Young Rascals and the Raspberries, was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
1949: Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; died of stomach cancer May 16, 2010.
1950: Greg Kihn ("Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song") was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1954: Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys was born in Gosforth, England.
1959: Sandy West, drummer of the all-girl group the Runaways, was born in Long Beach, California; died October 21, 2006.
1970: Jason Orange, singer for Take That, was born in Manchester, England.
1980: Jessica Simpson was born in Abilene, Texas/