This week in 1973, Deep Purple was riding high with success worldwide. Here in the U.S.A. on the album charts ‘Made In Japan’ was at #6 just above ‘Machine Head’ holding onto the #7 position. The band was kicking into gear Heavy Metal Rock that’s still alive well.
A one of a kind song was #1 this week in 1966. A group called The Troggs part of the British invasion of rock had Americans singing Wild Thing. Every garage band across the country was playing this tune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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