This Week In Classic Hits History (7/27-31)
Dylan crashes, Eagles implode, and John finally gets to stay.
July 27th, 1976:
John Lennon was awarded a Green card allowing him permanent residence in the United States. The legal battle took four years.
July 28th, 1973:
The Watkins Glen, New York summer jam was held at a race track with The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and The Band. At least 600,000 rock fans attended. Some historians claimed the event was the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States. The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience was not able to see the stage.
July 29th, 1966:
1966, Bob Dylan was riding his Triumph 55 motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York when the rear wheel locked. Dylan lost control and was thrown over the handlebars, suffering a broken neck vertebra. It was during this period he started jamming with the musicians that would eventually be called 'The Band'.
July 30th, 1954:
Elvis Presley appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown in Memphis. He was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music.When he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone said it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music.
July 31st 1980:
During An Eagles concert at Long Beach, Glen Frey and Don Felder spend the whole show trading insults and describing the fight which they were going to have after the show. It would be the last show the Eagles would play until hell froze over.