On This Day in Rock History: July 2nd

On This Day in Rock History looks back to milestones from some of my favorite artists and their music. This is the first post in what may become a recurring feature on the blog. Admittedly, any of these posts will be somewhat arbitrary, since they will focus on my favorite artists, songs and moments. 

Here are some of the music events that happened on July 2 during the past six decades:

1956: Elvis Presley recorded one of my favorite rock & roll songs, Hound Dog. The song was written by the legendary writer duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Initially, Hound Dog was recorded by Willie May “Big Mama” Thornton in August of 1952 – a pretty cool original, BTW!

1969: The Beatles recorded 15 takes of Golden Slumbers/Carrie That Weight for their masterpiece album Abbey Road. The two songs became part of a 16-minute medley that also included You Never Give Me Your Money, Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, The End and Her Majesty. This last song was also recorded on July 2, 1969 by Paul McCartney. In my (of course completely unbiased!) opinion, the medley hasn’t lost any of its magic to this day!

1979: Sony introduced the Walkman. In the early 80s, I got one of them, a DD. It was quite solid with a black metal housing. It should still be floating around somewhere in my house!

1995: Live 8, a string of concerts in the G8 states (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States) and in South Africa. They preceded the G8 Summit, held in Scotland, July 6-8, calling on world leaders to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts were held in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Barrie (Canada), Chiba (Japan), Johannesburg (South Africa), Moscow, Cornwall (England) and Edinburgh. Performing bands and music artists included some of the biggest acts, such as Bon Jovi, U2, The Who, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and, not to forget, Pink Floyd, which reunited with Roger Waters for the first time in over 24 years. Live 8 was organized by Bob Geldorf and Midge Ure, who had put together the original Live Aid in 1984.

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