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Today In Rock: July 5

1944

Robbie Robertson, guitarist and main songwriter for the Band, is born in Toronto, Canada.

1949

Roy Brown hits #5 on the R&B chart with "Rainy Weather Blues".

1954

Rock and roll history is made when Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black spontaneously perform bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Cruddup's "That's All Right" in romping, uptempo style. The next day, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" is given a similarly playful treatment. On July 19th, the two songs are released as Elvis Presley's first single, which bears the legend "Sun 209."

1960

Alley-Oop (Hollywood Argyles) was a hit.

1970

Mama Told Me (Not to Come) (Three Dog Night) was a hit.

1972

Suzi Quantro releases debut single "Rolling Stone."

1972

The Slider by T. Rex hits #4 in the UK and #17 in the US.

1973

"I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" by Gary Glitter hits #1 on the UK charts and stays there for four weeks.

1975

Uriah Heep hits #7 in the UK with 'Return to Fantasy'.

1975

The Ohio Players hit #1 with "Fire".

1976

Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band) was a hit.

1980

Alice Cooper hits #40 with "Clones (We're All)".

1987

Alone (Heart) was a hit.