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July 6, 2018

On July 6, 1955, “Baby Let’s Play House” became Elvis Presley’s first national chart single, reaching number ten on Billboard’s country chart.

In 1964, The Beatles’ first film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” had its royal premiere at London’s Pavilion Theatre. The movie opened in the U.S. the next month.

In 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a folk-rock group that eventually became Jefferson Airplane.

In 1971, jazz musician Louis Armstrong died in New York. He was 69.

In 1973, Queen released its first single, “Keep Yourself Alive.”

In 1979, songwriter and producer Van McCoy died of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 35. He had worked with artists like Aretha Franklin and Jackie Wilson, and was probably best known for his instrumental hit “The Hustle.”

In 1994, Vanessa Williams opened on Broadway in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

In 1998, singing cowboy Roy Rogers died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Ned Beatty is 81. Singer Gene Chandler is 78. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 78. Actor Burt Ward (“Batman”) is 73. Actor Fred Dryer is 72. Actor Sylvester Stallone is 72. Actress Allyce (ah-LEES’) Beasley (“Moonlighting”) is 67. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 67. Actor Grant Goodeve (“Eight is Enough”) is 66. Singer Nanci Griffith is 65. Jazz trumpeter Rick Braun is 63. Actress Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”) is 60. Drummer John Keeble of Spandau Ballet is 59. Actor Pip Torrens (“The Crown”) is 58. Actor Brian Posehn (“Just Shoot Me”) is 52. Actor Robb Derringer (“Days of Our Lives”) is 51. “CBS This Morning” co-host John Dickerson is 50. Rapper Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan is 48. NBC Sports correspondent and former “Good Morning America” host Josh Elliott is 47. Rapper 50 Cent is 43. Actresses Tia and Tamera (tuh-MAYR’-uh) Mowry (“Sister, Sister”) are 40. Comedian Kevin Hart is 39. Drummer Chris Wood of Bastille is 33. Actor Jeremy Suarez (“Bernie Mac”) is 28.

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