PCPB Presents On This Day 20th July in Music History

Welcome to On This Day in Music History for the 20th July 2017. This week we kick off in 1940 with Billboard’s first record chart.

On This Day In Music History

20th July 2017

1940s -50s

Music History


Billboard first published its full record chart. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all the key labels. Their first number one song was ‘I’ll Never Smile Again‘ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.


The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis PresleyScotty Moore and Bill Black. The name, taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’

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