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This Day in Music History: August 3rd

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1968: The Doors reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with “Hello, I Love You” which spent two weeks on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 31st

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1981: Journey released their seventh studio album Escape. It went on to become their first and only number one album in the U.S. & sell nine million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 30th

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1983: Journey headlined the Day on the Green festival for the third and final time at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland on a bill that also included Triumph, Eddie Money & Bryan Adams.

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This Day in Music History: July 29th

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1967: The Doors went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Light My Fire” which spent three weeks on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 28th

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1973: Deep Purple peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Smoke on the Water” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 27th

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1976: After being ordered to leave the U.S. more than three years ago, John Lennon finally received his green card & was granted permanent residency.

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This Day in Music History: July 24th

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1976: Thin Lizzy peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Boys Are Back in Town”, their only top 40 single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 23rd

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1977: Foreigner released their second single “Cold as Ice” which went on to peak at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 22nd

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1972: The Who released “Join Together” which went on to reach number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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This Day in Music History: July 21st

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1984: ZZ Top peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Legs” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 20th

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1974: The Ramones decided that their new lead singer would be their then-drummer Joey Ramone.

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This Day in Music History: July 17th

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1982: Judas Priest released their eighth studio album Screaming for Vengeance which went on to be their first top twenty album in the U.S. & their biggest selling album selling two million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 16th

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2008: Rush made their first appearance on American television in 33 years when they appeared on The Colbert Report. They were interviewed by Stephen Colbert & they performed “Tom Sawyer”.

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This Day in Music History: July 15th

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1973: The Kinks’ Ray Davies announced onstage during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium that he would be retiring from music. After the concert he collapsed at a hospital.

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This Day in Music History: July 14th

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1982: Van Halen kicked off their Hide Your Sheep Tour at the Augusta-Richmond Civic Center in Augusta, GA in support of Diver Down. This tour would later bring the band to South America for the first time.

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This Day in Music History: July 13th

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1985: Robert Plant peaked at number twenty on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Shaken ‘n’ Stirred which would go Gold in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: July 10th

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1997: Chrissy Hynde married sculptor Lucho Brieva, an artist from Colombia 14 years her junior. They would separate in 2002. MORE

This Day in Music History: July 9th

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1990: Billy Idol joined Tom Jones onstage at the Los Angeles nightclub Spice singing “Great Balls of Fire”, “Babaloo” & “To Be a Lover”.

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This Day in Music History: July 8th

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1971: A mini riot broke out during a Mott the Hoople concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which caused the venue to temporarily ban rock concerts.

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This Day in Music History: July 7th

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1984: The Cars peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Magic”.

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This Day in Music History: July 6th

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1973: Queen released their debut single in the U.K. on EMI Records, “Keep Yourself Alive”.

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This Day in Music History: July 3rd

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1996: Foreigner, REO Speedwagon & Peter Frampton kicked off a tour at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY outside of Buffalo.

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This Day in Music History: July 2nd

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1971: Queen’s performed their first concert with John Deacon on bass at Surrey College in the U.K.

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This Day in Music History: July 1st

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1983: Bon Jovi signed with Mercury Records which they released their debut album the following year.

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This Day in Music History: June 30th

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1977: Marvel Comics published the first Kiss comic book. Blood was drawn from each member of the band & poured into the red ink used for printing the comic.

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