This Day in Music, July 30: Kate Bush, The Beatles, Axl Rose, and Attitude

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Born on this day in 1958, Kate Bush, UK singer/songwriter, who had the 1978 UK No.1 single “Wuthering Heights” plus over 20 other UK Top singles. Her 1985 UK No.1 album Hounds Of Love spent 52 weeks on the chart.

Today in 1969, The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on “Come Together”, “Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window”, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, and “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight”. The Beatles began to assemble the medley that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard “Her Majesty”, but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of “The End”. Hearing it like this, Paul decided to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

In 1991, a police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that night's Guns N' Roses gig if the ticket was issued.

On this day in 2003, Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records and studio, died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 2006, British gay magazine Attitude listed the Top 10 Gay Albums of all time. Number one was Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters; 2) Arrival, ABBA; 3) Vauxhall and I, Morrissey; 4) Light Years, Kylie Minogue; 5) Older, George Michael; 6) Welcome To The Pleasuredome, Frankie Goes to Hollywood; 7) Erotica, Madonna; 8) I Am a Bird Now, Antony and the Johnsons; 9) Bad Girls, Donna Summer; and 10) The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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