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This Day in Music History: July 1st

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2008: Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley died at his home in Staffordshire, U.K. of esophagus cancer. He was 60 years old.

 

2006: The first Hyde Park Calling festival took place at Hyde Park in London. Roger Waters headlined the first day playing The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety & The Who headlined the following day.

 

2002: Six postage stamps designed by Paul McCartney went on sale on the Isle of Man to raise money for his anti-landmines charity.

 

2000: Bruce Springsteen’s reunion tour with the E Street Band came to a close at Madison Square Garden.

 

1990: Mark Knopfler & John Illsley met over lunch with manager Ed Bicknell at the Halcyon Hotel in London & decided to reform Dire Straits for one more album & tour.

 

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

 

1981: Rushton Moreve, original bassist of Steppenwolf died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 32 years old.

 

1969: Sam Phillips sold Sun Records to Shelby Singleton. After this sale Phillips retired from the music business.

 

1967: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of fifteen weeks.

 

Birthdays:


Deborah Harry-singer for Blondie born in 1945

 

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