Former member of Fleetwood Mac, Bob Welch, was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1946. After Fleetwood Mac, Welch went on to become a successful solo artist. Welch passed away on June 7th, 2012.
From a young age, Liverpool, England lad Richard Starkey wanted to be a professional drummer. Despite being a sickly child, Starkey stuck with his childhood goal eventually putting a skiffle group together when that musical movement led by Lonnie Donegan's version of Rock Island Line swept across the UK. Young Starkey joined the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group as his fellow future Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney got involved with the Quarry Men. It was on this date, 7/31 in 1957 that the future Ringo Starr played Liverpool's historic Cavern Club for the first time with his skiffle group. He was the first of the future Beatles to play this historic Liverpool venue which would prove so important to the Fab Four.
Cream played their first 'official' gig on this day at the sixth annual Windsor Jazz & Blues festival. (However, they did an 'unofficial' practice gig in public 2 days prior.)
Elvis performed his first live show in 8 years at the Las Vegas International Hotel. Presley began a four week run at the hotel which drew over 101,509 people, a new record for total attendance at a Las Vegas show.
Bob Dylan made his only live appearance this year at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh.