Hey, we're just trying to deal with the fact that today's the last day of July!!! What the Sam Hill is goin' on...?

7/31/1968 (47 years ago today) - High-tech recording is underway at London's Trident Studios where there's a brand new 8-track recording machine ready and waiting for The Beatles (apparently, EMI's studio was still using a 4-track, so...); the boys break in the new toy with four takes of a new Paul McCartney tune titled "Hey Jude". Turns out all right...

7/31/1969 (46 years ago today) - Some might say it's the beginning of the end...for alotta different reasons: Elvis kicks off a four-week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel. For his first live-in-concert shows since 1961, Elvis nets $1.5 million. On the menu is an "Elvis Special": polk salad (taproot/black berries/bacon-and-fried onion) with corn muffins and honey.

7/31/1971 (44 years ago today) - James Taylor goes to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with his cover of Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" -- classic indeed; in '72, it wins Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Male Performance and Song Of The Year. The album it's on, "Mud Slide Slim & the Blue Horizon", does pretty well too, but in a kinda weird twist, only goes as high as No. 2: Carole King's "Tapestry" (which also features "You've Got A Friend") spends the summer at No.1  for 15 weeks in a row (June 19th through September 25th) a pretty impressive feat in and of itself!

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