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This Week In Vocal Group History
July 1, 1957 A Philadelphia radio station with only 250 watts of power began repeat plays of The Tune Wavers new release, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”. By October 1t was #1.

1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen’s TV show singing his new hit “Hound Dog” to a basset hound sitting on a pedestal.

Top Single:
“Windy” The Association #1 1967 Birthday: Bobby Day (The Hollywood Flames” 1930 June Montiero (The Toys) 1946


July 2, 1954 Lillian Leach, on of the premier R&B lead singers of the fifties, and her group The Mellows singed to Jay Dee Records.

Top Single:
“Cool Jerk” The Capitals #7 1966

Birthday: Paul Williams (The Temptations) 1939

July 3, 1961 The Chantels
biggest hit “Look In My Eyes” charted today on it’s way to #14.

1971- Jim Morrison of The Doors died in his bathtub in Paris of a heart attack. He was only 27.

Top Single:
“Every Beat Of My Heart” Gladys Knight & The Pips #8 1961 “It’s Too Late” Carole King #1

July 4, 1960 The Demensions magnificent cover of “Over The Rainbow” hit the Top 100 (#16). Their version was the first since Judy Garland’s 1939 recording to chart even though 60 different versions had been issued during that 21 year span.

1964 – Independence Day may have been the result of the Americans defeating the British, but on the charts the battle was a draw. On the first July 4th since the musical British Invasion, both sides had 5 records in the Top 10. The Brits best was “My Boy Lollipop” (#2) while the Yanks topper was “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys.

Top Single: “I Get Around” The Beach Boys #1 1964 “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” Connie Francis #1 1960

Birthday: Annette Sterling (The Vandellas) 1943 Jesse Lee Daniels (Force M.D.s) 1963

July 5, 1965 The Four Seasons were invited to perform at the White House by President Johnson.

Top Single:
“I Only Have Eyes For You” The Flamingos 1959 #6 R&B “There’ll Be Sad Songs” Billy Ocean #1 1986


July 6, 1957 Paul McCartney met John Lennon
for the first time at a Quarrymen concert in a Liverpool church.

Top Single: “Easier Said Than Done” The Essex #1

July 7, 1961 The Tokens recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (RCA #1). It would become the first folk-rock hit.

1954 – Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips played Elvis’ “That’s Alright Mama” on his show. It was the first time a Presley platter had been put on the air.

Top Single: “Love, Love, Love” The Clovers #10 R&B 1956 “Will It Go Around In Circles” Billy Preston #1 1973

Birthday: John Salvato
(The Duprees) 1940

July 8, 1957
The Scholars “Beloved” was released. The quartet included 19 year old tenor Kenny Rogers.

1968 – The Yardbirds broke up after a New York concert. Soon after, a new Yardbirds was formed. They became known as Led Zeppelin.

Top Single: “United” Otis Williams & The Charms #7 R&B 1957 “Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley #1 1957


July 9, 1955 The Harptones
brilliant, “Life Is But A Dream” was released.

Top Single:
“Along Comes Mary” The Association #10 1966

Phil Leavett (The Diamonds” 1935 Don McPherson (Main Ingredient) 1941

July 10, 1989 Gene Pitney, B.J. Thomas and The Shirelles appeared in Nashville, but not to perform. They were in Federal Court to sue local Gusto Records over improper payments of royalties on reissued hits. The artists won 10 months later. Pitney for one was awarded $187,000.

Top Single: “Tossin & Turnin” Bobby Lewis #1 1961 “Cara Mia” Jay & The Americans #8 1965


July 11, 1953 The Flamingos
flip side of their debut disc (If I Can’t Have You”) “Someday, Someway” broke out in Los Angeles.

1967 – Kenny Rogers formed the First Edition. The country rock band charted 10 times in 1972 before Kenny went off on his spectacular solo career.

Top Single:
“Alley Opp” Hollywood Argyles #1 1960 Birthday: Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1950 Benny DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) 1954

July 12, 1956 8,000 lucky fans got in to The Carrs Beach Amphitheater (Maryland) to see The Teenagers, The Spaniels, The Cleftones, Carl Perkins and Shirley & Lee. The unlucky overflow numbered 10,000 people.

1954 – Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records signed a 19 year old truck driver named Elvis Presley to record.

Top Single: “Color Him Father” The Winstons #9 1969 “Coming Up” Paul McCartney & Wings #1 1980

Birthday: Jay “Jaybird” Uzzell (The Corsairs) 1942


July 13, 1963 Neil Diamond’s very first single, “Clown Town” on Columbia was released and quickly vanished. Nine years later he signed with Columbia again, this time for the then unheard of guarantee of $5 Million dollars.

Top Single:
“Lonely Boy” Paul Anka #1 1959

July 14, 1958 The Drinkard Singers
spiritual 45 “Rise, Shine” was issued. The group consisted of Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston (Whitney’s mother) Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister) and Judy clay.

1964 – A new duo, Caesar & Cleo
debuted with the release of their first single, “The Letter”. Through it received little attention, they would soon become known world wide when they changed their name to Sonny & Cher.

Top Single: “Born To Be With You” The Chordettes” #6 1956 “Roses Are Red” Bobby Vinton #1 1962

Bob Scholl (The Mello-Kings) 1941

July 15, 1957
A Harlem street gang named The Charts, charted with their sensuously, smoking single “Desiree”. The same day the quintessential Doo Woppers The Jesters charted with their debut disc “So Strange”.

– During a concert leader of The Kinks, Ray Davies, announced his retirement and then immediately checked into Whittington Hospital in England after swallowing a bottle of uppers.

Top Single: “Too Late To Turn Back Now” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose #2 1972 “Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley #1 1957


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