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Jul 12 1951
Roosevelt Sykes records Fine And Brown, Lucky Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, for United Records. (1951)

Jul 12 1951
Little Jimmy Dickens records the Hank Williams song I Wish You Didn?t Love Me So Much for Columbia Records. (1951)

Jul 12 1952
New Orleans-based pianist, composer and vocalist Lloyd Price hits No1 on the Billboard US R?n?B singles chart with Lawdy Miss Clawdy, featuring Fats Domino on piano. (1952)

Jul 12 1955
Amos Johnson of The Village Choice magazine reviews a new album, Dusty Sings the Blues by Dusty Carr, with the words, ?my antipathy toward the emergence of 'hillbilly' music grows exponentially. That said, Dusty Carr, with his maudlin simpering and manufactured worldliness, makes Elvis Presley and his ilk seem like downright artistes. Carr's wretched rendition of The Gal That Got Away should raise howls of laughter from even the most sedate cocktail party...? (1955)

Jul 12 1956
Sun Ra records the album Sun Song in Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois. Producer on the session is Tom Wilson, who will go on to produce albums by Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel , Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground. (1956)

Jul 12 1965
The Moody Blues throw one of their celebrated parties in Roehampton, Greater London, UK, with guests including Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles, The Who, Rod Stewart, Marianne Faithfull, Sandie Shaw, Doris Troy, Long John Baldry, Viv Prince (The Pretty Things), Hilton Valentine (The Animals), Twinkle and Goldie and the Gingerbreads.(1965)

Jul 12 1969
Bob Dylan releases the single Lay Lady Lay in the USA on Columbia Records. It will peak at No7 during an 11-week run. (1969)

Jul 12 1972
Michael Jackson releases a new single, Ben, on Motown Records in the USA. It will peak at No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart. The song is the theme to a movie about a pet rat, also called Ben. (1972)

Jul 12 1975
Janis Ian scores her second US Billboard Singles Chart entry with At Seventeen. It will peak at No3. (1975)

Jul 12 1976
Tom Jones begins filming for his first movie, Yockowald, in Culver City, California. Three weeks into production, however, the film?s financial backers will pull out, and shooting will be abandoned. (1976)

Jul 12 1979
To demonstrate his disgust for the phenomenon of disco music, deejay Steve Dahl sparks a riot by blowing up a huge pile of disco records with dynamite during a White Sox vs Detroit Tigers game at Kamisky Park, Chicago, Illinois. Fans bringing disco records to burn are given entrance to the game for just $1. (1979)

Jul 12 1980
Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Xanadu. (1980)

Jul 12 1985
Rock mogul Don Arden slaps a $1.5m lawsuit on Ozzy Osbourne claiming that Ozzy is in breach of contract by trying to re-form Black Sabbath. The suit will fail. (1985)

Jul 12 1991
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, UK. (1991)

Jul 12 1992
Returning from France, Guns N?Roses singer Axl Rose disembarks from Concorde at JFK Airport, New York, and is immediately arrested because of a riot he incited a year earlier at Riverport Performing Arts Centre in St. Louis, Missouri. (1992)

Jul 12 2000
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, is detained on arrival in Israel and deported just hours later because the intelligence service believes that Islam has funded Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group, to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds. (2000)

Jul 12 2005
A Los Angeles, Califronia, judge dismisses heroin and cocaine possession charges against rock singer Scott Weiland, dating back to 2003. Weiland was formerly the vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots and currently of Velvet Revolver. (2005)

Jul 12 2010
Tuli Kupferberg of 60s anarchist band The Fugs dies in Manhattan, New York City, USA, aged 86, having recently suffered two strokes. (2010)

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