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This Day In Rock: July 20

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This Day In Rock: July 20

1940 Billboard’s first Music Popularity Chart is published.

1954 Elvis performed on one what was probably the smallest stage of his career when he appeared on the back of a flatbed truck outside a Memphis drugstore for its grand opening.

1965 The Lovin’ Spoonful release their first single, “Do You Believe in Magic”, from the album of the same name.

1968 Iron Butterfly’s classic album, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at #117.

1979 E.L.O. takes out advertisements in several US magazines dedicating the release of “Don’t Bring Me Down” to NASA’s Skylab project.

1986 Santana celebrates their 20th anniversary at a concert in San Francisco.

2004 For the first time in his career, Jimmy Buffett had the number one album on Billboard’s Hot 200 album chart when “License To Chill” debuted at the top spot during its first week of US sales, selling over 239,000 copies.

2011 Pictures of The Beatles’ first US concert in Washington DC on February 11th, 1964, taken by a then 18-year-old Mike Mitchell, sold at Christie’s auction house for $361,938. Security in those days was very casual and Mitchell was just feet from the band as he snapped the black and white photos which he stored for years in a box in his basement.

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