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July 19th 1975Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has a marathon rehearsal session the day before kicking off their Born To Run tour. They practiced for a full 19 hours at The Record Plant in New York City to get ready.

July 20th, 2009 Jackson Browne settles his lawsuit against presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain. The Republican Party had used Browne’s 1977 hit ‘Running On Empty’ without permission in their 2008 campaign ad which aired on TV and the Internet.

July 21st, 1973Jim Croce started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’. Three months later, Croce would be killed in the crash of a chartered Beechcraft E18S upon takeoff from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce had finished a concert just a few hours before the crash and was headed to his next show in Texas.

July 22nd, 1965The Rolling Stones are found guilty of public urination after they relieved themselves on a wall at a gas station in East Ham, England, in March. Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones were all fined and it was also revealed they added insult to injury by “making a well-known gesture” as they drove off.

July 23rd, 1983The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park in Chicago. They also went to No.1 on the album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.

July 24th, 1976 Elton John and Kiki Dee score a #1 single with their ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ duet. John had met Dee years before when she was working as a back-up singer.  The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and would be Elton’s first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits.

July 25th, 1987 Madonna has her fifth No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’.

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