This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from David Bowie, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, The Beatles and John Mellencamp

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JUNE 16, 1972: THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Bowie’s 5th album 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.”

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JUNE 17, 1983: THE POLICE’S SYNCHRONICITY

Synchronicity was The Police’s final and biggest studio album.

The album contained the hits “King of Pain”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “Every Breath You Take.”

“Every Breath You Take” would spend eight-straight weeks at #1, and was the best-selling single of 1983.

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JUNE 18, 1982: FLEETWOOD MAC RELEASE MIRAGE

Fleetwood Mac’s Buckingham-Nicks era continued its winning streak with the 2x-Platinum Mirage.

The album became the band’s third US #1 album after 1975’s Fleetwood Mac and 1977’s Rumours.

Mirage features Stevie Nicks’ Top 5, Gold-selling single, “Gypsy.”

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JUNE 20, 1978: FOREIGNER’S DOUBLE VISION

Foreigner followed up their multi-Platinum self-titled debut with Double Vision.

Containing the hits “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision” and “Blue Morning, Blue Day”, Double Vision remains the band’s biggest album with sales of over 7 million in the US.

JUNE 21, 1966: THE BEATLES RECORD ‘SHE SAID, SHE SAID’ WITHOUT PAUL McCARTNEY

After bonding during an LSD trip, John & George claimed an inability to relate to Ringo & Paul on any level.

Ringo later agreed to try LSD with his bandmates, while Paul refused.

“She Said, She Said” was inspired by Peter Fonda saying “I know what it’s like to be dead” while on LSD with members of The Beatles and The Byrds.

Paul didn’t perform on the song after storming out during an argument over the song’s arrangement.

JUNE 21, 1994: JOHN MELLENCAMP’S DANCE NAKED

Mellencamp celebrates the 30th anniversary of his 13th studio album, Dance Naked.

The album album peaked at #13, and sold over a million copies in the US.

Dance Naked’s hit singles were the title track, and a cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night”, which went to #1 in the US and Canada.

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