On this Day July 20
1968 – Heavy metal strikes the album chart for the first time in the form of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which was originally supposed to be titled “In The Garden of Eden.” The 17-minute title track takes up all of Side Two and was edited down to 2:53 for release as a single.
2002 – “Hot in Herre” by Nelly is in the midst of a seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track garners Nelly a 2003 Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a brand new category at the time.
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Beach music is the favorite on this day, as Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” hits No. 1 on the singles chart.
The movie “Sid & Nancy,” based on the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, premieres in London, starring Gary Oldman.
More than a billion people around the world are glued to TV sets and radios as American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to step onto the surface of the moon.
In Major League Baseball, “Hammerin'” Hank Aaron hits his 755th and final home run during the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the California Angels.