June 21-27: Historic events this week from The Beatles, George Harrison, The Byrds and Velvet Revolver
JUNE 21, 1966: THE BEATLES RECORD ‘SHE SAID, SHE SAID’ WITHOUT PAUL McCARTNEY
After bonding during an LSD trip, John & George claimed an inability to relate to Ringo & Paul on any level.
Ringo later agreed to try LSD with his bandmates, while Paul refused.
“She Said, She Said” was inspired by Peter Fonda saying “I know what it’s like to be dead” while on LSD with members of The Beatles and The Byrds.
Paul didn’t perform on the song after storming out during an argument over the song’s arrangement.
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JUNE 23, 1973: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD IS #1
For nine consecutive weeks, from May 26-July 21, a Beatles-related album held the #1 spot on the Billboard 200.
The Beatles’ 1967-1970 (Blue Album) was replaced by Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney & Wings for 3 weeks.
Containing the #1 hit “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”, Harrison’s Living in the Material World unseated Red Rose Speedway, and held the top spot for 5 weeks.
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JUNE 26, 1965: “MR. TAMBOURINE MAN” IS #1
The Byrds had two #1 singles in 1965, beginning with “Mr. Tambourine Man”.
It was the very first Bob Dylan composition to become a #1 hit.
The Byrds would go to #1 again in December with “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
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JUNE 26, 2004: VELVET REVOLVER’S CONTRABAND DEBUTS AT #1
Guns N’ Roses/Stone Temple Pilots supergroup, Velvet Revolver, quickly went Platinum after debuting at #1.
Contraband featured the #1 hit singles “Slither” & “Fall to Pieces”.
Velvet Revolver would take home the 2005 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Slither”.