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This Day in Music History: The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun, the first Lollapalooza is held

Grateful Dead Anthem of the Sun

1953 – Truck driver Elvis Presley makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 to lay down two songs at Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios): “My Happiness'” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The so-called vanity disc is a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called Elvis – the Great Performances.

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This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” in the UK, Jerry Garcia releases line of neck ties

David Bowie Space Oddity

1951 – On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.

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This Day in Music History: Lennon and McCartney meet, Queen releases their debut single

The Beatles A Hard Day's Night

1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where Lennon’s band The Quarrymen are appearing. While the band is setting up for their evening performance, an eager McCartney snatches up a guitar and plays “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” He further impresses Lennon when he teaches him and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.

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