July 23rd : 1979, Keyboard player with The Grateful Dead Keith Godchaux died after being involved in a car accident aged 32.  He co-wrote songs with Lowell George (Little Feat) and was a member of The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

July 24th :
1965, The Byrds were #1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man', the 1st Dylan song to reach #1.

July 25th :
1973, David Bowie released the single 'Life On Mars', which peaked at No.3 on the UK chart.  The track which was first released in 1971 on Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.  

July 26th :
1986, Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sledgehammer', a No.4 hit in the UK.  The song's music video has won numerous awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards.  As of 2011, 'Sledgehammer' is the most played music video in the history of MTV.

July 27th :
1958, Fan's of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money.  Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.

July 28th :
1960, Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with 'Only The Lonely', which went on to give Roy his first of 3 UK chart toppers.  As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, and is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll.  The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

July 29th :
1953, Born on this day, Geddy Lee, bass, vocals, Rush.  Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996.  The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.

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