May 19, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-07-30

JULY 30th

The R&B influenced “Roll With It” (Steve Winwood) is #1 on the pop chart. 1988

Offspring’s “Come Out And Play” tops the U.S. Modern Rock chart. 1994

Sublime release their third and biggest studio album. The self-titled effort peaks at #13 on the Billboard 200. However, due to a heroin addiction frontman Bradley Nowell passes away two months prior to the album’s release. 1996

“The Rising” is released. Centered around Bruce Springsteen’s reflections on the 9/11 attacks, his 12th studio album is his first studio effort in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in eighteen years. 2002


Elvis Presley gives his first ‘promoted’ concert in Memphis. He opens two shows for Slim Whitman. The afternoon appearance goes okay but for the evening set Presley is advised to perform his more upbeat material – which he does, complete with the leg-hip gyrations. The crowd goes wild. 1954

Wild thing, I think I love you. According to the Billboard pop chart, “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) is the top song in the U.S. 1966

The Beatles “Yesterday & Today” tops the Billboard chart.  The album consists of tracks left off American releases (which have fewer songs than the British counterparts).  “Drive My Car,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Nowhere Man” and “Yesterday” are on the album. 1966

The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Rush headline a benefit concert in Toronto, to prove that the city is safe from SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). 450,000 attend the largest concert in Canadian history. 2003

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips dies at age 80 from respiratory failure. Sun Records served as the launching pad for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and numerous others. 2003

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose leaves the stage after falling ill during the band’s performance at London’s Wembley Arena. Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach steps in for the show’s final two songs, “Night Train” and “Paradise City.” “Low blood pressure and low blood sugar” are blamed for Rose’s early exit. 2006

England’s House of Lords rules that ex-Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher, who originated the organ melody for “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” should receive portion of the royalties for co-writing the ’60s hit. Fisher sued bandmate Gary Brooker over the long-running copyright dispute. Fisher is awarded a 40% stake in future royalties. 2009

U2 bring down the curtain on their 360º world tour, the highest grossing tour of all time. The trek begins in Barcelona in June, ’09, and concludes over two years later in Moncton, Canada. 2011

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1,” the first installment of a Five Finger Death Punch double album, is released. The set includes the track “Lift Me Up” with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. “If life dealt you all the wrong cards, you still have to play,” explains Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody. “The song’s intent is to inspire; if you play that hand right you might just come out on top anyway.” 2013

The Washington State’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation announces that Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen has been added to the state’s Heritage Register. The house where the Nirvana frontman lived from ‘68 to ’84 becomes a tourist exhibit.  2021

Ozzy Osbourne, with help from guitarist Jeff Beck (Yardbirds/Jeff Beck Group), is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Patient Number 9,” the title track of his thirteenth solo album.  2022

Metallica guitarist and horror aficionado Kirk Hammett moderates “The Original Monster Kids” panel at Midsummer Scream, the Halloween and horror convention in Long Beach, CA. The panel includes the offspring of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.  2022