Sunday, July 3, 2022

Music History Today: July 4, 2022

July 4, 1970: Jimi Hendrix, Rare Earth, Jethro Tull, Poco and the Chambers Brothers played at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.  
Atlanta International Pop Festival 1970
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July 4, 1966: The Lovin' Spoonful released the single "Summer in the City."
"Summer in the City" contrasts what it's like to live in a large city during the day and during the night. According to the song, it's difficult to walk around a crowded and hot city during the day, but it's great at night because you have plenty of opportunities to chase women. 
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July 4, 1981: The Oak Ridge Boys had a Billboard Top 10 hit when "Elvira" peaked at Number 6. 
Kenny Rogers recorded "Elvira" in 1970, and his version has appeared on several of his greatest hits compilations. The Oak Ridge Boys version featured distinctive bass vocals by Richard Sterban, and became a rare country song to cross over to the pop charts. 
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July 4, 1986: More than 40,000 people showed up at a race track in Manor, Texas for  an 18-hour Farm Aid Two concert that raised $1.3 million for needy farmers. Among the performers were The Unforgiven, Bon Jovi, and Joe Walsh. 

Farm Aid Two concert  1986 concert poster

July 4, 1992: The king of all booty songs, Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back," hits Number 1 in America.
Sir Mix-A-Lot got the idea for "Baby Got Back" when he was watching the Super Bowl on TV. A Budweiser beer commercial came on with models who were way too skinny for his taste. 
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Jimi Hendrix

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