Today In Rock: July 31

1923

Ahmet Ertegun was born in Istanbul, Turkey.

1946

Joe Liggins hits #3 on the R&B chart with "Tanya."

1949

Dinah Washington's Mercury single "Baby, Get Lost" hits #1 on the R&B chart.

1961

Little Willie John's seventeenth and last hit, "Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You)," enters the R&B chart.

1965

Barbara Mason hits #5 with "Yes I'm Ready".

1968

Tommy James and the Shondells hits #1 on the UK charts with "Mony, Mony" for the first of two weeks.

1969

Elvis Presley performs his first live concert since March 25, 1961, opening a four-week engagement at the 1,500-capacity Showroom at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The remaining eight years of Presley's life will largely be devoted to live performances, either on the road or at the International Hotel.

1971

James Taylor hits #1 with "You've Got a Friend".

1991

MTV Europe launches in Italy on G.T.I., an Italian consortium.