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Today In Pop Music: July 9 – Rock And Roll Tops Billboard’s Hot 100 For First Time

Birthdays today include Main Ingredient (Everybody Plays the Fool) founding member Donald McPherson (71), Soft Cell (Tainted Love) frontman Mark Almond is 53, as is Simple Minds (Don’t You Forget About Me) lead singer Jim Kerr.

On this day in 1954, Elvis Presley recorded Blue Moon Of Kentucky ,the “b” side of his first single. On July 9, 1962,  Bob Dylan recorded Blowin’ In The Wind for his Freewheelin’  Bob Dylan album, and seven years later The Beatles recorded Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, as John Lennon returned to the Abbey Road studios for the first time since his car crash in Scotland a few weeks earlier.

The floodgates of rock and roll were opened on this day in 1955 when Bill Haley and His Comets topped the Billboard Hot 100 with Rock Around the Clock, becoming the first true rock and roll record to do so.  I personally have worn out four copies of the single through the year,.  thank goodness for the digital age.

Three years before his death in 1981, Bill Haley described what rock and roll, stating flat out it was not rhythm and blues.  Listen as he makes a great case for what rock and roll was and why kids loved it and parents hated it.

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