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JUL 10-16: Historic events this week from CCR, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Judas Priest

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JULY 10, 2021: CCR’S ONLY #1 BILLBOARD HIT
Fifty years after its release as a single, Creedence Clearwater Revival have their first US #1 hit.

In July 2021, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” topped Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart, giving CCR their first ever Billboard #1.

The song’s resurgence is credited to John Fogerty’s presence on social media platform TikTok.

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JULY 11, 1975: FLEETWOOD MAC’S SELF-TITLED 10TH ALBUM
Fleetwood Mac’s first album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks was a big one.

Loaded with great songs like “Monday Morning”, “Landslide” and “Rhiannon”, 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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JULY 13, 1985: LIVE AID
Taking place simultaneously in London & Philadelphia, the benefit concert for Ethiopian famine relief featured major artists such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, U2, David Bowie, and so many more.

Featuring Phil Collins on drums, Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time since John Bonham’s death.

Queen’s 21-minute set remains one of the most memorable performances in rock history.

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JULY 15, 1978: SOME GIRLS IS #1
Some Girls is The Rolling Stones’ biggest selling album with 6 million sold in the US alone.

The album contains the classics “Beast of Burden”, “Shattered”, and the #1 hit “Miss You”.

Some Girls was nominated for the 1979 Album of the Year Grammy, but lost to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

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JULY 16, 1990: JUDAS PRIEST’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES LAWSUIT
A lawsuit was brought against the band for an alleged subliminal message, which lead to the (attempted) suicides of two young fans.

Prosecutors claimed “Better by You, Better Than Me” contained the words “do it”, urging fans to end their lives.

The lawsuit was dismissed after the judge concluded the “subliminal message” was an error made while mixing the song in the studio.

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