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OCT 3-9: Historic events this week from Elton John, Talking Heads and Desert Trip 2016

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OCTOBER 5, 1973: GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was Elton’s third of eight US #1 albums in a row.

Thanks to the singles “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, the album would spend eight straight weeks at #1.

With 8 million copies sold in the US, it remains his biggest album.

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OCTOBER 7, 2016: DESERT TRIP 2016

The epic Desert Trip 2016 took place over two weekends.

The classic rock festival featured performances from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones (October 7 & 14), Neil Young and Paul McCartney (October 8 & 15), The Who and Roger Waters (October 9 & 16).

The Rolling Stones would cover The Beatles’ “Come Together”, while Paul McCartney (with Neil Young) performed “Why Don’t We Do It in The Road?” live for the very first time.

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OCTOBER 8, 1980: REMAIN IN LIGHT

Talking Heads expanded their sound on their fourth album, Remain in Light, by adding dance-rock and worldbeat to their established New wave and post-punk palette.

Featuring the single “Once in a Lifetime”, the Library of Congress has deemed the album “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”.

Remain in Light was their third and final album produced by Brian Eno.

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