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This Day in Music History: July 31st

2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed their longest concert at Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland. Their set clocked in at four hours and six minutes.

2004: Simon and Garfunkel closed out the European leg of their second reunion tour by performing a free concert at Rome’s Coliseum in front of 600,000 fans.

1984: Eric Clapton, touring as part of Roger Waters’ backing band left Waters’ tour in Montreal. Waters was touring in support of his solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking which Clapton played on alongside David Sanborn & Michael Kamen.

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.

1980: The Eagles performed their last concert at the Long Beach Arena. They split up later in the year & reunited in 1994.

1972: Chicago V was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album would later go on to be certified double Platinum in the U.S.

1968: The Beatles recorded “Hey Jude” in four takes at Trident Studios in London. The first take was selected as the single release, which was the first single released on The Beatles’ Apple Records.

1967: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards had appeals against their drug convictions heard in London. Richards’ charge was quashed after evidence against him was deemed inadmissible & Jagger’s sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge.

1966: Cream made their live debut at the National Blues and Jazz Festival in Windsor, U.K.

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