1965: The Beach Boys released the single "California Girls".
1965: The Righteous Brothers released "Unchained Melody" as a single. (Note: some websites naively say the song was released July 17. "Unchained Melody" debuted on the charts on July 17. It is physically impossible for a song to be mailed to radio stations, listened to by radio stations and added to playlists, reported to the trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day. The single was released July 12.)
1965: The Turtles released their 45 "It Ain't Me Babe".
1968: The Bee Gees recorded "I've Got To Get A Message To You".
1969: Blind Faith performed before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the first date of their North American tour. (Note: some websites claim that the group made their live debut at Madison Square Garden on August 12. There are two problems with that: 1) their North American debut was July 12 at Madison Square Garden, and 2) the group performed for the first time at Hyde Park in London on June 7, according to the book '1969: The Year Everything Changed' by Rob Kirkpatrick.)
1969: Previously unknown Zager & Evans fought through the crowd and after four weeks, had the #1 song with "In The Year 2525", which made one of the biggest leaps to the top (8-1) in the Rock Era. Blood, Sweat & Tears was solid at 2 with "Spinning Wheel" while Oliver moved up with "Good Morning Starshine" and the former #1 "Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet'" by Henry Mancini was #4. Three Dog Night's classic "One" was #5 while Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crystal Blue Persuasion edged up to 6.
Henley (2nd from left), Leadon (3rd from left), Ronstadt, Frey, Meisner (4th from right)
1972: Michael Jackson released the single "Ben".
1973: Hues Corporation recorded "Rock The Boat". It wouldn't become a hit until a year later.
1975: Johnny Nash had the #1 U.K. Song with "Tears On My Pillow".
1979: Minnie Riperton, who gave us the #1 "Lovin' You" in 1975, died four years later from breast cancer in Los Angeles. She was 31 years old.
1980: Glass Houses was the top album for the fifth week, beating out Just One Night by Eric Clapton. McCartney II was actually #3, the Soundtrack to "The Empire Strikes Back" came in fourth while Pete Townshend's solo effort Empty Glass was #5. The rest of the Top 10: Jermaine Jackson with Let's Get Serious, the Commodores at 7 with Heroes, the former #1 blockbuster Against the Wind by Bob Seger, the Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy" which starred John Travolta and Debra Winger, and Lipps, Inc. had #10 covered with Mouth To Mouth.
1983: Chris Wood, founding member and saxophone player for Traffic, died of pneumonia at the age of 39 in Birmingham, England.
1992: The city of Dallas, Texas unveiled a memorial to Buddy Holly, who was from Lubbock.
1997: Shawn Colvin debuted at #8 with "Sunny Came Home".
2008: Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones left his wife of 23 years and took up with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress.
1943: Christine McVie (real name Christine Perfect) was born in Bouth, Cumbria, England. (Note: some websites claim she was born in Grenodd, Lancashire, England, and others say Birmingham, England. According to 'Billboard', Christine was born in Bouth.)
1948: Walter Egan ("Magnet And Steel" and "Hot Summer Nights") was born in Jamaica, New York.