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This Day in Music History: July 12th

2007: Rod Stewart was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace for his services to music.

1992: Axl Rose was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on riot charges dating back to a July 2, 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis.

1983: Traffic’s saxophone player Chris Wood died of pneumonia at Birmingham, England’s Queen Elizabeth hospital. He was 39 years old.

1980: Electric Light Orchestra went to number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with “Xanadu” a duet with Olivia Newton-John from the movie of the same name which spent two week on top the chart. It would be ELO’s only number one single.

1969: Blind Faith kicked off their U.S. tour with a sold out concert at Madison Square Garden. At the end of the tour the band split up.

1969: The Beatles peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “The Ballad of John and Yoko” despite being banned by many radio stations in the U.S. for containing the word “Christ”. It reached number one in the U.K. the previous month & was their last number one in their home country.

1964: George Harrison crashed his Jaguar while en route to a Beatles concert in Brighton & suffered minor injuries. 

1962: The Rolling Stones made their live debut at London’s Marquee Club.

1954: Elvis Presley signed his first record contract with Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. 

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