What a sec....it's the last day of July?!?!?!

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7/31/1968 (49 years ago today) - Things are about to get quite high tech at London's Trident Studios where there's a brand new 8-track recording machine ready and waiting for The Beatles to come in and mess around with -- Apparently, their old EMI studio was still using the ancient 4-track, so, you know...The boys break in this new toy with four takes of a new Paul McCartney tune titled "Hey Jude". Turns out all right...

7/31/1969 (48 years ago today) - Some might say it's the beginning of the end, for alotta different reasons: Elvis Presley starts a four-week engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel -- For his first live-in-concert shows since 1961, The King nets $1.5 million, which is a pretty decent paycheck by 1969 standards -- On the hotel restaurant menu is the "Elvis Special": polk salad (taproot/black berries/bacon and fried onions) with corn muffins and honey...

7/31/1971 (46 years ago today) - When singer-songwriters ruled the day: James Taylor hits No. 1 on the singles chart with his (absolutely definitive) cover of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" -- The album it's on, "Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon", does pretty well too, going as high as No. 2 -- In a kinda weird twist, it's Carole King herself that keeps J.T. out of the top spot on the LP chart; her classic "Tapestry" (which also features "You've Got A Friend") ends up spending the summer at No. 1 for an uncanny 15 weeks in a row, blocking out all contenders from June 19th through September 25th!!! Yowza, indeed...

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