JUN 13-19: Historic events this week from The Beatles, Billy Joel, Nirvana, David Bowie and Santana
JUNE 14, 1966: THE BEATLES’ BUTCHER COVER
The Yesterday and Today compilation was controversial due to the Beatles being draped in meat and doll parts on the cover.
The album was recalled when stores refused to sell it due to the offensive cover art.
The cover was replaced with a photo of the Beatles and a steamer trunk
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JUNE 14, 1980: BILLY JOEL’S GLASS HOUSES IS #1
Glass Houses was Billy Joel’s second US #1 album in a row, after 52nd Street.
Thanks to hit singles “You May Be Right” and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, the album was #1 in the US for 6 consecutive weeks.
Glass Houses earned Joel a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1981.
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JUNE 15, 1989: NIRVANA’S DEBUT ALBUM
Before Nirvana’s Nevermind changed the landscape of rock music, they recorded their debut album, Bleach, for a modest $606.17.
Despite not containing any hits, the album’s most well known song is “About a Girl”.
The acoustic version of “About a Girl” from MTV Unplugged in New York would go to #1 in 1994.
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JUNE 15, 1999: SANTANA RELEASES SUPERNATURAL
Supernatural was a big hit for Santana thanks to a lineup of star guest vocalists and the massive single, “Smooth”.
Supernatural‘s two #1 singles, “Smooth” & “Maria Maria” spent a combined 22 weeks at the top.
The album won nine Grammys and became the band’s first chart-topping album in 28 years.
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JUNE 16, 1972: DAVID BOWIE’S “ZIGGY STARDUST” ALBUM
Bowie’s 5th album (The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was a big one for him, introducing the world to his most famous and beloved stage persona, “Ziggy Stardust”.
With nearly 8 million sold worldwide, it remains Bowie’s second best-selling album behind 1983’s Let’s Dance.
In 2017, the Library of Congress deemed the album “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”.