This Week's Music History Highlights...

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This Week In Music History...

June 30th : 2014, Ed Sheeran's second album X became the fastest-selling UK album of the year so far after selling 182,000 copies in its first week, 14,000 more than Coldplay managed with Ghost Stories which was released in May.


July 1st : 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV's 'The Steve Allen Show' and performed 'Hound Dog', to a live Hound Dog. US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis' performance, calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.'


July 2nd : 1966, F went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Strangers In The Night', taken from the film 'A Man Could Get Killed'.


July 3rd : 1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack.  On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their respects.


July 4th : 1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.


July 5th : 1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park for an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died 2 days earlier. Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies; it was guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut.


July 6th : 1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. He many hits including the 1964 US No.1 'Hello Dolly!', 1968 UK No.1 'What A Wonderful World’.