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Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Monday, July 4, 2022

71 years ago (1951)Earth, Wind and Fire’s Ralph Johnson is born.
70 years ago (1952)Singer John Waite is born.
59 years ago (1963)Matt Malley of Counting Crows is born.
58 years ago (1964)The Rolling Stones' Tell Me is released.
58 years ago (1964)Billboard magazine says Beatles manager Brian Epstein claims the group's U.S. tour (August 19-September 20) is a sell-out. But the promoter of The Beatles' September 16th stop at City Park in New Orleans reportedly loses money--the only one to do so.
53 years ago (1969)Grand Funk Railroad performs at the Atlanta Pop Festival in Hampton, Georgia. Capitol Records sees the band at the show and later signs the band to a record deal.
52 years ago (1970)Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio countdown show debuts in Los Angeles.
51 years ago (1971)Donald McPherson dies of leukemia at the age of 30. He was the lead singer and founder of the Main Ingredient. McPherson would be replaced by Cuba Gooding, and The Main Ingredient would have the biggest hit next year, Everybody Plays The Fool. It goes up to #3.
46 years ago (1976)Elton John and Kiki Dee's Don't Go Breaking My Heart is released.
44 years ago (1978)Stephen “Ste” McNally of BBMak is born.
41 years ago (1981)Willie Nelson's hosts his annual 4th of July picnic. However the usual place since 1973, Dripping Springs, Texas is vacant because Nelson is at Caesar's Palace in Vegas.
40 years ago (1982)Ozzy Osbourne marries manager Sharon Arden.
40 years ago (1982)Diana Ross kicks off her first world solo tour with a concert at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.
35 years ago (1987)The Doobie Brothers play Moscow in a Bill Graham-produced show. Other acts on the bill are Santana, James Taylor, and Bonnie Raitt.
15 years ago (2007)70s bubblegum pop duo the Rubinoos file a lawsuit against Averil Lavigne over her hit single "Girlfriend" because they claim it sounds like their song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." The Rubinoos' 1979 tune features the chorus with the lyrics "Hey, hey, you, you, I wanna be your boyfriend.'' Lavigne's "Girlfriend" features the lyrics "Hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your girlfriend.''
13 years ago (2009)Music Manager Allen Klein dies of Alzheimers disease at his New York City home. Klein managed Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin, Herman's Hermits, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles for awhile. Some Beatles fans claim he contributed to the tension that broke up the group in 1970.
12 years ago (2010)Earth, Wind & Fire, who subbed for Aretha Franklin when she cancelled her 2010 Jazz Fest performance earlier in the year, close out the Essence Music Festival in the Superdome. For the 15 previous years, that job had belonged to Frankie Beverly and Maze.

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