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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."
May 8, 1993: Aerosmith's Get A Grip entered the US album chart at Number 1.
April 8, 1975: Aerosmith released their first commercially successful album, Toys in the Attic.

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February 4, 1948: Alice Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan.
March 9, 1971: Alice Cooper released their breakthrough album, Love It to Death.
February 28, 1975: Alice Cooper released his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare.

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January 14, 2007: Amy Winehouse began a two-week run at the top of the UK album chart with Back to Black.
December 26, 2007: Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, was named the year's biggest-selling album.
January 14, 2007: Amy Winehouse began a two-week run at the top of the UK album chart with Back to Black, her second and final studio album.

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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.
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."

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January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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.

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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.
July 6, 1979: The B-52s release their self-titled debut album, featuring one of their signature songs in "Rock Lobster."

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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.
April 2, 1964: The Beach Boys began recording "I Get Around."
January 1, 1966: "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys enters the US Hot 100 chart.

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Music History on this Day: December 3, 1965: The Beatles released their landmark album, Rubber Soul.
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.

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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.
June 6, 1956: Billie Holiday begins the final recording for her studio album Lady Sings the Blues Studio.
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.
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.
July 20, 1985: Billy Joel moved into the Top 40 with "You're Only Human (Second Wind)."
February 10, 1979: "Big Shot" by Billy Joel entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at Number 57.

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February 13, 1970: Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut in the UK, fittingly on Friday the 13th.
December 3, 1948: Ozzie Osbourne was born John Michael Osbourne in Birmingham, England.
Lyricist Geezer Butler wrote a song called "Black Sabbath." The band recorded the track for their self-titled debut album, adopted the title as their name, and played up the demonic angle. It was an act.

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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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February 5, 1945: Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.
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.

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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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