~ 1968 – Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and T.Rex play Hyde Park’s (UK) first free rock festival
~ 1957 – Buddy Holly recorded the song “Peggy Sue.”
~ 1975 – Cher and Gregg Allman were married. Cher filed for a divorce nine days later, however they remained married until 1979. Her divorce from Sonny Bono became final five days earlier.
~ 1998 – The Lucinda Williams album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” was released. (MA note – great album if you like roots/rock)
~ 1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on “The Steve Allen Show.” He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing “Hound Dog” to a real basset hound wearing tails. After the show Elvis was FURIOUS at Steve Allen and swore to never do his show again. In later years, when asked about this appearance, Elvis said “it was the most ridiculous appearance I ever did and I regret ever doing it”.
Through the years Steve Allen has tried to minimize his blatant disrespect of Elvis and even included his version of the events in his book entitled “Hi-Ho Steverino”. Here is what Steve Allen said occurred:
“While Elvis Appeared on my program, before he performed on Ed’s (Sullivan), I had seen him a few months earlier on Jackie Gleason’s summer replacement Stage Show, which featured bandleaders Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. I didn’t catch his name that night and have no recollection now as to what he sang, but I found his strange, gangly, country-boy charisma, his hard-to-define cuteness, and his charming eccentricity intriguing. The next day I typed a memo to my staff people to find out who he was, and to book him for our new Sunday night show.
“Between the date of the memo and when he appeared–July 1, 1956–his recently released recordings had made him an important attraction, as a result of which our program that evening far surpassed Sullivan’s in the ratings race.
“When I booked Elvis, I naturally had no interest in just presenting him vaudeville-style and letting him do his spot as he might in concert. Instead we worked him into the comedy fabric of our program. I asked him to sing “Hound Dog” (which he had recorded just the day before) dressed in a classy Fred Astaire wardrobe–white tie and tails–and surrounded him with graceful Greek columns and hanging draperies that would have been suitable for Sir Laurence Olivier reciting Shakespeare. For added laughs, I had him sing the number to a sad-faced basset hound that sat on a low column and also wore a little top hat. (I learned not long ago that small ceramic statues of the dog-and-top-hat are now among the more popular items of Presley memorabilia. I think somebody owes me royalties.) We certainly didn’t inhibit Elvis’ then-notorious pelvic gyrations, but I think the fact that he had on formal evening attire made him, purely on his own, slightly alter his presentation.
~ 2005 – Live 8 concerts were held in Japan, London UK, Philadelphia PA, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Barrie ON, , Chiba, Johannesburg & Red Square, Moscow.
~ 1967 – The Doors released the song “Light My Fire” in the U.S.
~ 1969 – The Rolling Stones released the single “Honky Tonk Women” in the U.K.
~ First Lilth Fair concert was held. Founded by Canadian Sarah McLachlan who had become frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations that refused to feature two female musicians in a row.