Events in Music on July 4

  • 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)", with lyric by Samuel Francis Smith, has 1st public performance at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1

Music History

1966 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

Music History

1969 140,000 attend 2-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia; performers include: Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Led Zeppelin; Delaney and Bonnie; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat; Joe Cocker; Chuck Berry; Spirit; and Johnny Winter

  • 1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie

Farm Aid Concert

1986 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle [1]

  • 1990 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address
  • 1992 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant
  • 2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors