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AC/DC first photo shoot in the UK 1976
AC/DC released on 25 July 1980
July 25, 1980: AC/DC release Back In Black, their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died five months earlier.


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June 2, 1975: The Bee Gees released their first disco album, "Main Course." The band's early LPs were steeped in a dense romantic balladry. Main Course had a few ballads, but the rest were catchy dance tunes. Driven by the singles "Jive Talkin'," "Nights on Broadway," and "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)," the band attracted millions of new listeners.
May 8, 1993: Aerosmith's Get A Grip entered the US album chart at Number 1. The LP generated a pair of Grammys for the singles “Livin' on the Edge” and “Crazy.” Geffen Records rejected the album in its original form, and the band returned to the studio to record more “radio-friendly” material. It would be the final LP Aerosmith recorded for Geffen.
April 8, 1975: Aerosmith released their first commercially successful album, Toys in the Attic. The first single from Aerosmith's LP Toys in the Attic, "Sweet Emotion," was released on May 19, and the original version of "Walk This Way" followed on August 28 of the same year. The album sold nine million copies, according to the RIAA. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 228 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


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March 9, 1971: Alice Cooper released their breakthrough album, Love It to Death. Their hit "I'm Eighteen" propelled the LP to number 35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sold one million copies in the U.S.
February 28, 1975: Alice Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare. One of its appealing aspects is the story-driven concept album approach. "Only Women Bleed" was the biggest hit on the record and a centerpiece of his Welcome To My Nightmare tour. Several feminist groups protested this song, but it is actually a sympathetic look at domestic abuse.
July 3, 1976: "I Never Cry" by Alice Cooper entered Billboard's Hot 100. Encouraged by the crossover success of "Only Women Bleed," Cooper returned to the rock ballad format with the single "I Never Cry." This proved to be a shrewd decision on Cooper's part, at least from a commercial standpoint. The track performed very well on the charts, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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March 12, 2007: Amy Winehouse made her US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman performing "Rehab."
Music History Today: December 26, 2022 December 26, 2007: Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, was named the year's biggest-selling album. The album spawned her only Top 10 US single, "Rehab."
November 2, 2011: A cover of "Our Day Will Come" by Amy Winehouse was released as the compilation album Lioness: Hidden Treasures' second and final single.

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July 11, 1964: Recorded in just one take in May, The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" topped the UK chart. Rolling Stone included this recording on its list of the greatest songs of all time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ranks the 1964 hit one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.
November 16, 1964: The Animals record "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."
August 5, 1967: Eric Burdon and the Animals debut on the US music singles chart at 73 with "San Franciscan Nights." The Animals were from England, but were welcomed in America along with other British Invasion groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. They wrote this song themselves, which takes a stand against the Vietnam War. It starts with a spoken intro urging European listeners to fly to San Francisco so they could understand the song.


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June 28, 1968: Aretha Franklin was on the cover of Time magazine.
January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 24, 1967: Aretha Franklin recorded her first Top 10 pop hit, "I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)," at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Franklin recorded for Columbia Records from 1960-1966, never charting higher on the Hot 100 than #37. In 1967, she signed with Atlantic and released "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" as her debut single with the label, and it became the first Top 10 hit for the Queen of Soul.

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Music History Today: October 18, 2021 October 18, 1980: "Private Idaho" by The B-52s enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart. In this song, the state of Idaho is used to represent a case of paranoia - the lyrics "get out of that state" meaning to get out of that state of mind.
Music History Today: October 18, 2021 October 18, 1980: "Private Idaho" by The B-52s enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart. In this song, the state of Idaho is used to represent a case of paranoia - the lyrics "get out of that state" meaning to get out of that state of mind.


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December 28, 1983: Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, CA. Toxicological tests showed Wilson’s blood alcohol level to be 0.26 at the time of death — more than twice the legal limit for driving. A week after his death, Dennis Wilson’s ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific.
April 2, 1964: The Beach Boys began recording "I Get Around." It was released as a double A-side with "Don't Worry Baby." Considered one of the best-ever single releases, along with "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles and "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, it was rated the fifth biggest seller of 1964 by both Billboard and Cash Box.
January 1, 1966: "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys enters the US Hot 100 chart. For the 1965 album, "Beach Boys' Party!," Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys sang tunes by contemporary bands like the Beatles along with doo wop classics. Played on acoustic instruments, the songs seemed to be recorded live at a house party; in fact, the album was recorded in the studio and laughter, handclaps and chatter were added later for effect.

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June 2, 1967: The Beatles released Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the US, one day later than in the UK and worldwide.
December 3, 1965: The Beatles released their sixth studio album, Rubber Soul. The Beatles lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward. The group and George Martin were beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group.
November 13, 1968: The animated Beatles film "Yellow Submarine" was released in the United States. The soundtrack includes the previously released single, "All You Need is Love." The Fab Four played this for the first time on the "Our World" project, the first worldwide TV special.


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June 2, 1975: The Bee Gees released their first disco album, "Main Course." The band's early LPs were steeped in a dense romantic balladry. Main Course had a few ballads, but the rest were catchy dance tunes. Driven by the singles "Jive Talkin'," "Nights on Broadway," and "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)," the band attracted millions of new listeners.
May 27, 1967: The Bee Gees had their first entry into Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart when "New York City Mining Disaster (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)" debuted there. It was their first hit outside of Australia, which they had recently left for England. Later in 1967, they had another hit with a song titled for a place in America: "Massachusetts."
January 30, 1971: The Bee Gees peaked at Number 3 on the US chart with "Lonely Days." The Brothers Gibb were born on the Isle of Man and then grew up in Manchester, England before moving to Australia in the late 1950s. After releasing a dozen singles there, the Bee Gees had earned their first worldwide hit with the 1967 song “New York Mining Disaster 1941.”

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December 23, 1972: Bette Midler's cover of "Do You Want to Dance" entered Billboard's Hot 100.
December 15, 1990: Bette Midler reaches number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "From a Distance." The song was written in 1985 by American singer-songwriter Julie Gold. Gold was working as a secretary at the time for HBO and writing songs in her free time.
September 26, 1980: Bette Midler's Divine Madness movie, based on one of her concerts the previous year, premieres. When you think about “Divine Madness” after it's over, you realize what a wide range of material Midler covers. She does rock n' roll, she sings blues, she does a hilarious stand-up comedy routine, she plays characters, she stars in bizarre pageantry, and she wears costumes that Busby Berkeley would have found excessive.

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April 7, 1915: Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holiday first rose to prominence in the 1930s with a unique style that reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance. In 1939, with Arthur Herzog, Jr., she wrote “God Bless The Child,” a composition that transcends the ages and is now part of the great American songbook and jazz lexicon.
June 6, 1956: Billie Holiday begins the final recording for her studio album Lady Sings the Blues studio. As DownBeat writer Nat Hentoff said of Billie Holiday, “The experience of listening to her is unanalyzable – either you feel it or you don’t.” And Lady Sings The Blues is living proof of that notion.
July 17, 1959: While under arrest for illegal possession of narcotics, Billie Holiday dies at age 44 at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City.

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August 4, 1990: "Cradle of Love" by Billy Idol peaked at Number 2 on the US music chart. On Feb. 6, 1990, Billy Idol was riding his motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and collided with a car. “Cradle of Love” was set for release in May. The record label wanted a music video to help promote the track. David Fincher reached out to the musician’s manager and expressed an interest in working with Idol.
May 12, 1984: Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face" made a big move, from 63 to 40, his second week on the American music chart. Idol was inspired to create the track by the influential 1960 French horror movie of the same name. The film tells the story of a plastic surgeon who kidnaps young women to use parts of their anatomy to rebuild his daughter, who was disfigured in a car crash.

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January 6, 1979: "My Life" from Billy Joel's 52nd Street album made it to the Top 3 singles in the US. This song about asserting your independence was the theme to the 1980 television sitcom Bosom Buddies
July 20, 1985: Billy Joel moved into the Top 40 with "You're Only Human (Second Wind)."The song was written in light of a wave of teenage suicides that had made national news in the mid 1980's. Billy himself had contemplated and even tried to commit suicide in his early 20's.
February 10, 1979: "Big Shot" by Billy Joel entered, at Number 57, Billboards Hot 100 chart. In an interview with Howard Stern on November 16, 2010, Joel said the song was written after having dinner with Mick and Bianca Jagger. Joel told Stern that while writing the lyrics to "Big Shot," he was thinking of Mick singing the song to Bianca.

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December 3, 1948: Ozzie Osbourne was born John Michael Osbourne in Birmingham, England. After his success with Black Sabbath, in 1979 Ozzie quickly launched a solo career. His solo debut album, Blizzard of Ozz, was a resounding commercial success. Featuring the singles “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley,” the record reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and Number 21 in the United States.
Lyricist Geezer Butler wrote a song called "Black Sabbath." He named it after a Satanic ritual described in Dennis Wheatley's novel, The Devil Rides Out. The band recorded the track for their self-titled debut album and adopted the title as their name. They played up the demonic angle. It was an act.
The title track of Black Sabbath's Paranoid album was its lead single. "The Wizard," a song from their first album, was the B-side. The band wanted to name the album "War Pigs" after another track on LP. The record company made them use "Paranoid" because it was less offensive. But album art is a literal interpretation of a "War Pig."

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July 1, 1945: Deborah Harry was born Angela Trimble in Miami, Florida. Adopted by Richard and Catherine Harry when she was 3 months old, Deborah grew up in Hawthorne, New Jersey. She met guitarist Chris Stein in the 1970s, and the two started a band that would become Blondie. The band's third album, Parallel Lines, catapulted Harry to stardom, and the song "Heart of Glass" reached No. 1, later followed by other chart-toppers like "Call Me," "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture."
March 28, 1981: Blondie started a two-week run atop the US singles chart with "Rapture." It's the first Number 1 song in the US to feature rap.
April 19, 1980: Blondie began a six-week run at Number 1 with "Call Me" from the film An American Gigolo. European disco producer Giorgio Moroder wrote the track with Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, who became the first woman in British chart history to write three Number 1 hits. The Italian disco king had originally wanted Stevie Nicks to provide vocals on the track, but the Fleetwood Mac vocalist declined the offer.

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June 20, 1966: Bob Dylan released the double album Blonde on Blonde, comprised of rockers, ballads, and a woozy brass band on "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." He would never release a studio record that rocked this hard or had such bizarre imagery again.
May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1961, he moved to New York, where he began to sing in the cafes of Greenwich Village.
March 10, 1966: Bob Dylan recorded "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." It's notable for its brass band arrangement and the controversial chorus "Everybody must get stoned". Al Kooper, who played keyboards on Blonde on Blonde, recalled that when Dylan initially demoed the song to the backing musicians in Columbia's Nashville studio, producer Bob Johnston suggested that "it would sound great Salvation Army style."

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June 3, 1977: Bob Marley & the Wailers released Exodus. The album featured the hits "Jamming," "Waiting In Vain," "Three Little Birds," and "One Love." In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century.
May 11, 1981: Bob Marley, the King Of Reggae, died of a brain tumor at 36. In 1977 cancerous cells were found in his toe. Doctors suggested amputation, but Marley refused because his religious beliefs prohibited amputation. Marley became ill on tour to support his 1980 album Uprising. The cancer discovered earlier in his toe had spread throughout his body. The musician set out to return to his beloved Jamaica one last time. Sadly, he wouldn't complete the journey, dying in Miami, Florida.
April 16, 1984: Bob Marley and the Wailers released the single "One Love/People Get Ready." Marley's idea with the song was that everyone in the world should stop fighting and become one - a similar sentiment to John Lennon's "Imagine" and George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)."

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June 14, 1961: Culture Club's lead singer, Boy George, was born George Alan O'Dowd in Eltham, London, England. The New Romantic Movement emerged in the UK in the 1980s—followers dressed in 19th-century English Romantic period caricatures, including exaggerated upscale hairstyles and fashion statements. Men typically wore androgynous clothing and makeup, such as eyeliner. The style became a calling card for Boy George, who formed a group and called it Culture Club.
February 4, 1984: Culture Club started a three-week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Karma Chameleon." Boy George explained in The Billboard Book of #1 Hits by Fred Bronson that "Karma Chameleon" "...is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody. If you aren't true and don't act as you feel, you get Karma-justice."
March 3, 1984: Culture Club entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at Number 40 with “Miss Me Blind.”

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January 5, 1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. The record benefited from two of its tunes -- "Spirit in the Night" and "Blinded by the Light" -- becoming hits for Great Britain's Manfred Mann's Earth Band at the height of their American popularity.
May 3, 1984: Bruce Springsteen released "Pink Cadillac" as the non-album B-side of "Dancing in the Dark." The auto imagery was inspired by Elvis Presley's 1954 rendition of "Baby Let's Play House" in which Presley replaced the original lyric: "You may get religion" with: "You may have a pink Cadillac;" a reference to the custom painted Cadillac that was then Presley's touring vehicle.
January 25, 1986: "My Hometown" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song's lyrics begin with the speaker's memories of his father instilling pride in the family's hometown. It then goes on to describe the racial violence and economic depression that the speaker witnessed as an adolescent and a young adult. The song concludes with the speaker's reluctant proclamation that he plans to move his family out of the town.\

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November 5, 1959: Bryan Adams is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
June 17, 1985: Bryan Adams released the single "Summer Of '69".
Bryan Adams Released 5 November 1984

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February 2, 1959: At the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper played their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour.
May 24, 1958: Buddy Holly's "Rave On!" blasts from Number 97 to 46 on the US music chart. Even though Buddy Holly did not write the song, he had a hit with it in both the United Kingdom and United States.
May 27, 1957: "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly And The Crickets is released. It was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison, with Norman Petty on productions. Holly and Allison had gone to see the film The Searchers, which starred John Wayne. In the movie, Wayne’s character would say, “that’ll be the day” when someone would say that something would happen and he believed it wouldn’t.

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June 1, 1974: Cat Stevens topped out at Number 10 in the US with "Oh Very Young." It's a gentle response to Don McLean's hit "American Pie," released two years previously. He questions the ill-fated songwriter's "Not Fade Away" (the last song Holly performed) lyric "a love to last more than one day, a lover's love, not fade away" with Stevens' own "denim blue, fading up to the sky, and though you want him to last forever you know he never will, and the patches make the goodbye harder still."
September 25, 1971: "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens first entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
November 23, 1970: Cat Stevens released his fourth album, Tea For The Tillerman. It was Cat Stevens' breakthrough in the US and "Wild World," his first Billboard hit.

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June 26, 1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman. The couple split ten days later, got back together, and broke up again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
October 31, 1998: Cher debuted at Number 1 in the U.K. with "Believe." Thanks to this song, intentionally distorted Auto-Tuned vocals became known as the "Cher effect." Kid Rock actually beat her to it, using Auto-Tune in this manner on his song "Only God Knows Why," released a few months earlier.
May 4, 1991: Cher scored her first solo UK Number 1 with a cover of Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song." Her first UK was "I Got You Babe" with Sonny in 1965.


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Chicago Released‎: ‎July 1969, September 1971
October 23, 1976: Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" hit number one in America, on its way to becoming their biggest selling record.
Chicago V released  July 10, 1972


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