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This Day in Music History: July 21st
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2007: Don Arden, the man once dubbed “the Al Capone of pop”, father of Sharon Osbourne & manager of acts such as The Small Faces, Black Sabbath, & Electric Light Orchestra died of Alzheimer’s disease in Beverly Hills. He was 81 years old.


1990: Roger Waters staged a live performance of The Wall at the Berlin Wall along with such guests as Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Van Morrison, & The Scorpions.


1987: Guns N’ Roses released their landmark debut album Appetite for Destruction which would later spend five weeks on top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart & be certified eighteen times Platinum in September 2008.


1986: The Police began sessions to record the follow-up album to Synchronicity but soon abandon the sessions as Sting insisted on pursuing a solo career & acting interests.


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.


1982: Queen kicked off their final North American tour with Freddie Mercury at the Montreal Forum, in support of their album Hot Space.


1979: Cheap Trick peaked at number seven for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “I Want You to Want Me” their first top ten single.


1971: Black Sabbath released their third album Master of Reality which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. & reach number eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart becoming their first and only top ten album in the U.S. 


1969: The Beatles recorded “Come Together” at EMI Studios in London. The song later went on to be covered by artists such as Aerosmith & Michael Jackson.


Birthdays:
Howie Epstein-bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers born in 1955

 

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