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Today in Rock: July 5

Today in music history:

Today in Rock: July 5
Today in Rock: July 5
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Shirley Goodman of Shirley & Lee and Shirley & Company
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1950 and 2005.

On this day in 1950 future singer and founder of Huey Lewis and the News is born Hugh Anthony Cregg III in New York City, New York.

On this day in 1954 Elvis Presley's first professional recording session is held, at Memphis' Sun Records resulting in the record “That's Alright Mama.”

On this day in 1955 Chuck Berry's song "Maybellene" is copyrighted in Berry's name alone, but Alan Freed's name is added as a form of payola.

On this day in 1963 Brian Epstein verbally agrees on the Beatles doing a tour of Australia in 1964.

On this day in 1964 Them (with Van Morrison) releases the song “Gloria.”

On this day in 1965 The Four Tops release the song "It's The Same Old Song". Also on this day The Beatles release the US single “That Means A Lot” with P. J. Proby.

On this day in 1966 Chas Chandler of The Animals sees Jimi Hendrix perform at the Cafe Wha? in New York. (Chandler will become Hendrix’ manager.)

On this day in 1969 The Rolling Stones put on a free concert in London's Hyde Park, which becomes a tribute to their founding member Brian Jones, who died two days prior.

On this day in 1983 Suicidal Tendencies release their self-titled debut album. The album spawns Suicidal Tendencies' biggest hit to date, "Institutionalized."

On this day in 1994 Hootie & the Blowfish release the album Cracked Rear View. It's their debut disc, (and it takes off at the beginning of 1995, becoming the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.)

On this day in 2005 singer Shirley Goodman of Shirley & Lee and Shirley & Company dies at the age of 69.