This Week In Classic Rock History

July 5-11: Historic events this week from David Bowie, Styx, Dennis Wilson & James Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac

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JULY 6, 1972: BOWIE DEBUTS “ZIGGY” ON TOP OF THE POPS

Three weeks after the release of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the titular character
made his TV debut on UK’s Top of the Pops

Bowie’s performance of “Starman” propelled sales of the single and the album, which peaked at
#10 and #5, respectively.

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JULY 7, 1971: TWO-LANE BLACKTOP IS RELEASED
James Taylor & Beach Boy Dennis Wilson made their acting debut in the drag racing classic, Two-Lane Blacktop.

Taylor was cast as “The Driver” based on how he looked on a billboard.

Wilson was cast as the “The Mechanic” based on the director’s perception that he’d “lived the role” and “grew up with cars.”

In 2012, the Library of Congress and National Film Registry deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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JULY 7, 1977: STYX RELEASE GRAND ILLUSION
Styx released their 7th album on 7-7-77.

Featuring “Come Sail Away”, “The Grand Illusion” and “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”, The Grand Illusion was Styx’s first of 4 consecutive triple Platinum albums.

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JULY 1, 1975: FLEETWOOD MAC’S SELF-TITLED 10TH ALBUM
Fleetwood Mac’s first album with Lindsey Buckginham and Stevie Nicks was a big one.

Loaded with great songs like Monday Morning, Landslide and Rhinannon, the album sold 500,000 copies within five months of its release.

It remains their second biggest album, behind Rumours, with 7 million sold in the US.

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