Presty the DJ for July 25

Today in 1964, the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” hit number one and stayed there for 14 weeks:

Today in 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and played with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The controversy was that Dylan played electric, not acoustic, guitar.

Contrary to myth, Dylan didn’t leave after three songs because he was upset at the crowd’s reaction. Dylan left after three songs because those were the only songs the band knew. He did return to play two acoustic songs at the behest of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Today in 1969, Crosby, Stills and Nash performed at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

The band asked Neil Young to join them at the end of the concert, and liked the result so much they asked him to join the band.

Young joined, then quit, then rejoined, then quit. (I am told by someone more conversant than me with CSNY that Young didn’t like merely being a member of the group.)

The single version of this classic was released today in 1970:

Today in 1973, George Harrison got a visit from the taxman, who told him he owed £1 million in taxes on his 1973 Bangladesh album and concert:

Birthdays start with Mark Clarke of Uriah Heep …

… born one year before Verdine White, who played bass for Earth Wind & Fire:

Ken Greer played guitar for Red Rider:

One death occurred today in 1995: Charlie Rich:


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