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Today In Rock: July 2

1935

Billie Holiday records with jazz pianist Teddy Wilson and his orchestra, with whom she'll cut some of her most memorable sides.

1939

Paul Williams was born.

1946

Louis Jordan hits #1 on the R&B chart and #9 on the pop chart with "Buzz Me."

1952

The Clovers hit #2 on the R&B chart with "One Mint Julip", #1 on the R&B chart with "Ting-A-Ling", #2 on the R&B chart with "Hey Miss Fannie"and #3 on the R&B chart with "I Played the Fool".

1957

(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley) was a hit.

1962

After getting hurt during a jump, Jimi Hendrix gets an honorable discharge from the Army. Over the next three years, he will play numerous gigs and studio sessions with such R&B stars as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and Sam Cooke.

1966

Capitols hits #7 with "Cool Jerk".

1966

The Marvelettes hit #7 with "Don't Mess With Bill".

1972

Lean On Me (Bill Withers) was a hit.

1976

Sniffin' Glue, the first British punk fanzine, hits the streets. It is photo-copied, featuring hand-drawn graphics and articles written "for punks."

1977

Undercover Angel (Alan O'Day) was a hit.

1977

Leif Garrett, who rose to fame on covers of oldies, hits #20 with "Surfin' USA".

1977

Bill Conti hits #1 with "Gonna Fly Now"

1989

Good Thing (Fine Young Cannibals) was a hit.

1992

"MTV Unplugged" is recorded for the first time in mainland Europe. Joe Cocker, Was Not Was and Annie Lennox are the artists featured in live performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.