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July 3: you just need one sock

This day in 1983 was the one when Red Hot Chili Peppers notoriously walked the stage of the Kit Kat Club in Hollywood. What mad the event famous and easily unforgettable? The band decided to perform wearing nothing but one sock each – yes, nothing else. And the socks weren’t even on their feet.

July 4: Kanye for president

Kanye West
Kanye West 2018 (CNN)

It was July 4th 2020 that Kanye West went on Twitter to announce he was running for president. He wrote:

We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!

The musician formed his own political party, the “Birthday Party.” He explained the name by saying that “When we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”

July 5: The Rolling Stones at London’s Hyde Park

Photo: Peter Sanders/Redferns

On July 5th, 1969, two years after the passing of The Rolling Stones’ guitarist and founder Brian Jones, the band put on a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Also due to the pressure to honour the late artist, with whom the other members didn’t have a great relationship with towards the end of his days, the British band decided to make the concert a tribute to Jones.

Between 250,000 and 500,000 people took part to the concert, and helped define the band during a moment of crisis and give them a new status of legend.

July 6: Forrest Gump from the soundtrack point of view

On this day in 1994, Robert Zemeckis – probably – biggest work hits theaters. Forrest Gump went on becoming the top-grossing film of the year in North America, and also won multiple Academy Awards. One of the characteristics that made it unforgettable was surely the soundtrack. Hits from artists of the likes of The Doors, The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield and even Elvis made it to the movie. Defining the passing of time and alongside Forrest’ growth, the choice of music played a central role in making the movie epochal.

July 7: The Yardbirds see yet another one go

The Yardbirds have one of the most unexpected career to ever exist. The group, like others, had in fact multiple formations with different members that came and later left. However, what made them special, was the names of these members. In fact, not only one, but two of the best guitarists ever started their career from The Yardbirds. We’re talking about Eric Clapton first, who later started his solo career, and Jimmy Page later. In particular, the latter disband immediately after a gig in Luton exactly on this day in 1968, soon after beginning forming his new project: Led Zeppelin.

July 8: “wild horses couldn’t drag me away”

One of the songs that made an era comes from this day. It was 1969, singer and actress Marianne Faithfull attempted suicide with barbiturates. She was on the set of the film Ned Kelly, and soon after the direction dropped her from the cast so that she could recover.

The artist at the time was in a relationship with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. When she awakened from her coma, she found Mick and her friends by her side. She then pronounced the few words that soon after would’ve become history:

“Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”

The song “Wild Horses” from the album Sticky Fingers was soon after released, becoming one of the band’s biggest singles and main collaborations between the group and Faithfull.

July 9: Bon Scott and AC/DC

Today is AC/DC’s Bon Scott birthday. Born in 1946, in Kirriemuir, Scotland Ronald Belford Scott is one of the most iconic, unique and recognisable voices ever witnessed. He grew up in Australia, where he met Angus and Malcolm Young and eventually becomes lead singer of their band AC/DC.

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