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JAN 9-15: Historic events this week from David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin

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JANUARY 10, 2016: DAVID BOWIE DIES

Two days after his birthday, and the release of final album Blackstar, Bowie died from liver cancer in New York City. Diagnosed 18 months prior, he never disclosed it to the public. He was 69.

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JANUARY 11, 2009: BRUCE WINS 2ND GOLDEN GLOBE
Bruce won his second Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “The Wrestler”.

His previous Golden Globe win was for “Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994. A song that also earned him an Academy Award.

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JANUARY 12, 1969: LED ZEPPELIN’S DEBUT ALBUM

Led Zeppelin’s debut album took a total of 36 hours and less than *£2,000 to record (*equivalent to $18,568 in 2022).

The debut album contains the classic rock radio staple “Good Times Bad Times”, as well as “Dazed and Confused”
and “Communication Breakdown”.

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JANUARY 12, 1971: PEARL

Janis Joplin’s final album, Pearl, was released 3 months after her death.

The album spent nine consecutive weeks at #1.

Containing “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz”, Pearl went on to sell over 4 Million copies in the US.

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JANUARY 14, 1978: RUMOURS IS #1 FOR 31 WEEKS

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the 49 weeks after its release. The albums that briefly surpassed Rumours during that time were: Hotel California, Barry Manilow Live and Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt

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