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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!
Guns N’ Roses—“Sweet Child O’ Mine”
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July 21, 1973: Jim Croce starts a two-week run at the top of the charts with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”. The song—inspired by an actual “Leroy Brown” that Croce met during his time in the National Guard—would be his first #1 hit…
Jim Croce—“Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (Live, “Midnight Special”)
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July 20, 1965: Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone”, which becomes a hit in spite of itself! Moat hit songs at that time had a short number of verses; most radio stations didn’t play any song that ran more than three minutes. The lyrics for this song were four pages long (cut down from ten) and ran six minutes! Getting the single played on the air—and its ensuing success—was a huge breakthrough for the future of popular music!
Bob Dylan—“Like a Rolling Stone”
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July 20, 1968: Hugh Masekela starts a two-week run at #1 with the instrumental, “Grazing in the Grass”. A year later, The Friends of Distinction would add vocals and take the song to #3!
Hugh Masekela—“Grazing in the Grass”
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