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JAN 2-8: Historic events this week from George Harrison, The Doors, Elton John, Rush and David Bowie

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JANUARY 2, 1971: ALL THINGS MUST PASS IS #1
Though McCartney was the first Beatle to have a US #1 solo album, Harrison was the first to go to #1 after the Beatles officially broke up.

All Things Must Pass features many songs “rejected” by The Beatles.

The classic album remained #1 in the US for 7 consecutive weeks

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JANUARY 4, 1967: THE DOORS’ DEBUT ALBUM
The Doors’ classic debut album remains their biggest seller with 4 million copies sold in the US alone.

The album peaked at #2 on the charts thanks to #1 single “Light My Fire” and “Break on Through (To the Other Side)”.

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JANUARY 4, 1975: “LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS” IS #1
Elton John’s cover of the Beatles’ psychedelic classic became his fourth US #1.

Featuring John Lennon on guitar and backing vocals, the single spent 2 weeks at #1 and sold over 1,000,000 copies.

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JANUARY 7, 2020: NEIL PEART DIES
Peart was diagnosed with brain cancer 3½ years before he ultimately died.

Only those closest to the legendary Rush drummer knew he was ill.

He was 67.

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JANUARY 8, 2016: BOWIE RELEASES BLACKSTAR
David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was released on his 69th birthday.

With nearly 2 million copies sold worldwide, it’s his biggest selling album since 1983’s Let’s Dance.

Blackstar is Bowie’s only US #1 studio album.

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