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Today in Rock: July 31

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1953 and 2010.

On this day in 1953 Hugh McDowell, future cellist for the Electric Light Orchestra, is born in London, England.

On this day in 1961 The Beatles play a noontime show at the Cavern Club.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio recording “Hey Jude.”

On this day in 1969 Elvis Presley goes to Vegas! Making his first live concert appearance since March 25, 1961 he plays the International Hotel in Las Vegas, (the first of 57 shows that will help revive his career and earn him $1.5 million).

On this day in 1971 James Taylor's “You've Got A Friend” hits number one. Also on this day 1971 : After being denied entrance to a Who concert in New York City's Forest Hills Stadium, an ex-convict stabs and kills the security guard.

On this day in 1972 Chicago's Chicago V LP goes gold.

On this day in 1976 Blue Oyster Cult releases “(Don't Fear) The Reaper.” Also on this day, Orleans releases “Still The One.”

On this day in 1980 The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist "Papa" John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison (though this sentence would later be reduced to 30 days in jail and community service).

On this day in 1995 Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley. Also on this day Westwood One radio broadcasts Paul McCartney’s radio show “Oobu Joobu” Part 12.

On this day in 2010 Switchfoot perform at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree final arena show in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

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