July 18 – Only the Lonely, Rag Doll, Bobby Fuller, Arthur Brown

1960

US rockabilly, pop singer-songwriter Roy Orbison enjoys his first top-5 hit with Only the Lonely.
 
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1964

US doo wop stars The Four Seasons have their 4th, last and best US#1 hit with Rag Doll.
 
From 1962 to 1968 the group usually owned a chunk of the Top-40. Bandmembers Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe wrote most of the hits.
 
The group is inducted into the Rock HoF in 1990, joins the Vocal Group Hall in 1999.
 
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See also: List of best-selling music artists

1966

El Paso native, pop vocalist Bobby Fuller — best known for his rockabilly cover of Sonny Curtis tune I Fought the Law — is found dead(*) in his car in L.A. — just as the song is reaching the US top-10.
 
Although he’s found with a gasoline-soaked rag stuffed in his mouth, the police call it a suicide.
 
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1970

Fascinating British rocker Arthur Brown is arrested for stripping on stage on Palermo, Italy.
 
But hey … when you’re the God of Hellfire you’ve got to get burned, right?
 
(The US#2,UK#1 song‘s from his 1968 debut album The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (US#7).)
 
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