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This Week in History

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Grand Funk Railroad Goes Red White & Blue In July Of 1973

A band from Flint was rocking nationwide big time this week in 1973. Grand Funk Railroad’s single “We're An American Band" entered the music charts on its way to #1. The tune was the bands first #1 single. A month later the album of the same name would be #1.

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Sgt Pepper Movie Bombs At The Box Office 36 Years Ago

A strange rock & roll based movie was released this week in 1978. 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', a Robert Stigwood film that featured The Bee Gees,Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper plus George Burns just to name a few.

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Hulton Archive,Getty Images
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The Rolling Stones Still Have It 50 Years Later

This week in 1964, The Rolling Stones had their first hit single, when they covered Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away,” it made it up to #48 in the U.S.A.

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David Bowie Takes Flight With Major Tom In 1969

Here’s a far out flashback for you. This week in 1969, 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time. It was timed to coincide with the Apollo moon landing, but it would be reissued in 1973 in the U.S.A.

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Neville Hopwood,Getty Images)
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The Rolling Stones Now And Then

The Rolling Stones wrapped up the European part of their "On Fire" tour on July 3rd, doing a two hour set on at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The Stones will be back with tour in October doing makeup dates of the postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand.

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Victor Blackman,Express,Getty Images
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The Byrds Increase 12 String Guitar Sales 49 Years Ago

This week in 1965, The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man” hit the music charts eventually making it up to #6 on the singles charts. The song was written and recorded earlier by Bob Dylan. Roger McGuinn who went by Jim back then introduce many young guitar players  to the 12 string guitar featured on the song.

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Diane Freed, Hulton Archive
Diane Freed, Hulton Archive
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Paul McCartney Picks Out And Arranges Flowers For Linda 16 Years Ago

On June 22, 1998, Paul McCartney personally chose and arranged the 45,000 flowers that decorate Manhattan’s Riverside Church where the friends and family of Linda McCartney gather to say a candlelit good-bye to his wife.

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A&M/PolyGram Records
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39 Years Ago Peter Frampton Begins Work On “Frampton Comes Alive”

Rock and roll history was being made at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco this week in 1975. Peter Frampton played two nights at Winterland and the concerts were recorded and a few months later would be used in part to make "Frampton Comes Alive."

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Evening Standard,Getty Images
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The Rolling Stones Go Number One With Exile On Main Street Again

This week in 2010, The Rolling Stones had the best selling album in England. It had been 16 years since The Rolling Stones had a #1 album in the United Kingdom. They achieved this by the re-release of their 1972 double album “Exile On Main Street”.

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Stuart C. Wilson,Getty Images
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Pete Townshend Of The Who Is 69 Today

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born on this day May 19, 1945 at hospital in West London. In 1956, Pete’s Grandmother Emma would purchase him his first guitar. Thank you to Grandma for planting the rock and roll seed.

This week in 1969, The Who releases "Tommy" the first rock opera album.

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Island Records
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U2 Makes It To Number One For The First Time 27 Years Ago

This week in 1987, U2’s “With Or Without You” hit the #1 position on the US singles chart, the band’s first song to come in at #1. It would hold on to the top spot for three weeks.

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The Rolling Stones Launch Their Successful Career 50 Years Ago

It was this week in 1964,The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album hit the #1 spot on the charts in England and would hold that position for 12 weeks. The album would spend almost a year (51 weeks) on the U.K. charts.

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