Music History: July 20th
2016 Weed-loving rappers Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg begin their "High Road" tour with a show in West Palm Beach, Florida. Says Khalifa, "It's a joint performance."
1996 De La Soul's Stakes Is High debuts at #13 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1987 Paul McCartney records "Kansas City," "Twenty Flight Rock," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "I'm In Love Again," "Bring It On Home To Me," "Lucille," "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday," "That's Alright Mama," "Summertime," "Just Because," and "Midnight Special."
1986 Sid and Nancy, the biopic about The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious, premieres. Gary Oldman stars as Vicious.
1984 The NeverEnding Story debuts in US theaters, featuring a theme song by former Kajagoogoo lead singer Limahl.
1983 The British security services foil a terrorist plot by the Irish Republican Army to detonate a bomb at a Duran Duran concert in London's Dominion Theatre. Their intended targets are Prince Charles and Princess Diana, but bomber Sean O'Callaghan informs the Police instead of going through with the plan.
1983 Diana, Princess of Wales meets Duran Duran for the first time at a charity event in London for the Princes Trust. She has been widely quoted in the tabloid press as saying they are her favorite band.
1978 Elliott Yamin is born Efraym Elliott Yamin in Los Angeles, California.
1976 Wolfmother lead singer Andrew Stockdale is born in Brisbane, Australia.
1975 Steven Van Zandt makes his first appearance in concert with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1972 Vitamin C is born Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.
1970 The Carpenters appear as guest bachelor and bachelorette on ABC's Dating Game TV show.
1969 R&B singer Roy Hamilton, who sang a popular cover of "Unchained Melody" in 1955, dies shortly after suffering a stroke at age 40.
1968 Hugh Masekela's "Grazing In The Grass" hits #1.
1968 Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida enters the charts.
1968 Cream's Wheels Of Fire hits #1.
1968 Paul McCartney's fiancee, Jane Asher, goes on the BBC TV show Dee Time and announces that she and Paul have broken off their engagement.
1966 Stone Gossard (rhythm guitarist for Pearl Jam) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1965 Frank Sinatra appears at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where he leaves his handprints in the cement outside.
1965 The Lovin' Spoonful release "Do You Believe In Magic?"
1965 Bob Dylan releases "Like A Rolling Stone."
1964 Chris Cornell (lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave) is born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington.
1964 The Beatles release "I'll Cry Instead" b/w "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" and "And I Love Her" b/w "If I Fell."
1964 The Beatles release Something New.
1963 Jan and Dean's "Surf City" hits #1.
1963 Ray Conniff's Concert In Rhythm and Memories Are Made Of This are certified gold.
1963 The Beatles nab their first UK #1 LP with Please Please Me.
1963 Lesley Gore releases "Judy's Turn To Cry."
1961 The Beatles, known as The Beat Brothers, get some press in the British paper Mersey Beat, which announces their first record deal.
1961 The Leslie Bricusse - Anthony Newley musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off premieres in London.
1958 Mick MacNeil (keyboardist for Simple Minds) is born on the Isle of Barra, Scotland.
1956 Paul Cook (drummer for The Sex Pistols) is born in Hammersmith, London.
1947 Carlos Santana (of Santana) is born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico.
1946 John Almond (of The Johnny Almond Music Machine, Mark-Almond) is born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.
1945 Kim Carnes is born in Los Angeles, California.
1945 Tony Thorpe (guitarist, vocalist for The Rubettes) is born in Smithfield, London, England.
1944 T.G. Sheppard is born William Neal Browder in Humboldt, Tennessee.
1943 John Lodge (bass guitarist for The Moody Blues) in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1933 "Party Doll" singer Buddy Knox is born in Happy, Texas.
1969When the Apollo 11 spacecraft lands on the moon and Neil Armstrong takes his one giant leap for mankind, it reverberates through the world of music.
Featured Events2012 Electro-dubstep musician Skrillex, in a sign of the times, hits #1 on a chart for the first time. The chart is the Billboard Social 50, which measures digital audiences on websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The video for Skrillex's song "Goin' In" gets 11.8 million views on social media. Everybody heaves a sigh of relief, because this means that the 21st century is finally getting underway.
1986 Santana celebrate their 20th anniversary with a massive group reunion, as all 17 current and former members play a concert in San Francisco.
1974 Joey Ramone becomes the new lead singer for The Ramones.
1940 The industry publication Billboard combines their sales charts for the first time, including all major labels. The first #1 is Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again," with vocals by Frank Sinatra.