Today in Music History July 25

1958 So You Say Its Your Birthday: Thurston Moore, American singer and guitarist with  the noise rock band Sonic Youth.  Moore is known for his innovative guitar techniques, including unorthodox guitar tunings and guitar preparing techniques.

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1960 ‘Only the Lonely,’ Roy Orbison’s first hit, reachs No.2 on the US singles chart.  The song had been offered to both The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, who both turned it down, so Orbison recorded it himself. The clip below is from the classic A Black and White Night concert – see if you can spot all the music legends in Roy’s backing band.


1965 Bob Dylan headlines the The Newport Folk Festival and plays a plugged in set with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band that includes his new song ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’  Reaction was mixed with some folk music fans outraged while others in the audience cheered.  One writer noted that he had  “electrified one half of his audience, and electrocuted the other”. The moment signifies Dylan’s movement away from folk and toward more rock influences.


1980 AC/DC release Back In Blacktheir tribute Bon Scott, their former lead singer who had died in February of 1980.  Brian Johnson stepped into the lead vocalist role, and the album went on to become the second highest selling album of all time.


Sources: This Day in, Wikipedia,

3 thoughts on “Today in Music History July 25”

  1. Thank you for the unintended gift of a hidden gem. After listening to the video of Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” the backing YouTube page presented George Harrison’s last public appearance, which gives a wonderful insight into the youngest Beatle, and a true messenger of spirituality. A great great moment in musical history. Thank you.
    By the way, who were all the greats in the Orbison video? Time has passed. My memory is not so good anymore.


    1. You’re welcome! Glad you got the bonus treat as well. Re: the Orbinson video,, the “backing band” included Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, JD Souther, Jenifer Warnes, Bonnie Rait, T Bone Burnett, KD Lang, plus I think the rhythm section was Elvis Presley’s original one. They all came together to pay tribute to Roy. If you have never seen the whole concert, treat yourself and try to rent it from somewhere. Its a great concert, and Roy is in top form.


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