Today In Pop Music: July 7 – Breakout Album By The Boss Spawns 7 Top 10 Singles
JULY 7 BIRTHDAYS
1940 – Ringo Starr (the oldest member of The Beatles)
1944 – Warren Etner (Grassroots/guitar – “Midnight Confessions”, “Sooner Or Later”)
1945 – Jim Rodford (Argent “Hold Your Head Up”)
1950 – David Hodo (Village People/construction worker)
ON THIS DAY
1968 – The Yardbirds played their last gig before breaking up when they appeared in Luton, England – about 30 miles north of London.
1969- George Harrison recorded his new song “Here Comes The Sun” with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. John Lennon was not present, still recovering from a car accident in Scotland a few days earlier.
1980 – Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. They finished the show with a 17 minutes version of “Whole Lotta Love”.
1989 – For the first time compact discs out sold vinyl albums.
2009 – Family and fans said farewell to Michael Jackson at an emotional memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2010 – Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr on stage at a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, celebrating Ringo’s 70th birthday.
1984 – Bruce Springsteen topped the Billboard album chart with ‘Born In The USA’, eventually spending 139 weeks on the chart. It is only one of three albums to produce 7 top 10 singles. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation’ are the other two. I believed in the album early on and eventually got my own plaque commemorating sales of over 20 million copies.
The 7 top 10 singles from ‘Born In The USA’ are:
DANCING IN THE DARK
BORN IN THE USA
I’M ON FIRE
I’M GOIN’ DOWN