Music History for

July 2


1955 - ABC Television premiered "The Lawrence Welk Show."

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don’t Be Cruel."
Today in Elvis Presley History

1956 - Buddy Holly's first single "Blue Days, Black Nights" b/w "Love Me" was released.

1961 - The Drifters released the single "Sweets For My Sweet."

1976 - For the first time in 12 years, Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage. The next night the show was recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special.

1981 - Bruce Springsteen played the first show ever at the 21,000 seat Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.

1984 - Epic Records set a record as two million copies of the Jacksons’ "Victory" were shipped to stores. It was the first time that such a large initial shipment had been made.
- Today in Michael Jackson

1986 - The Prince movie "Under The Cherry Moon" was released. It was his second movie.

1990 - Representatives of the Italian Catholic Church announced that they would attempt to halt Madonna's concerts in Rome because of her alleged inappropiate use of crucifixes and sacred symbols.

1991 - "Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time" was released.

1991 - Axl Rose (Guns 'n' Roses) sparked a riot during a concert outside of St. Louis when he jumped off the stage and attacked a fan who was videotaping the concert. 60 people were hurt.

2005 - MTV and VH1 aired the eight hours of the Live 8 concerts. The performances, featuring artists U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and Destiny's Child among many others, were held in eight cities to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

2005 - The original members of Pink Floyd performed at the Live 8 concert in London. It was the first time the group had played together in more than 24 years.

2014 - In Grand Rapids, MI, Mötley Crüe began their final tour.