This Day in Music History — July 12

1954– 19 year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances.

1970– Janis Joplin performs her first live gig with her new backing group, Full Tilt Boogie Band.

1983– Born on this day in Mississippi, was Kimberly Perry, singer and guitarist for the country group The Band Perry, who won the CMA Song of the Year Award for “If I Die Young” in 2011.

1988– Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.

1992 – Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) was arrested at New York’s JFK airport on a warrant from St. Louis, MO. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert.

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