July 22, 1989: Martika starts a two-week run at the top of the charts with “Toy Soldiers”, a song she wrote about a friend who was addicted to drugs. The chorus of children’s voices in the background are meant to symbolize how drugs control a person like children control their toys. One of those children singing backup? Stacy Ferguson, who would later become Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas!
July 21, 1987: Guns N’ Roses release their debut album, “Appetite For Destruction”. The LP would not only top the Billboard 200, it would go on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide and holds the U.S. record for best-selling debut album of all-time!