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This Weekend in Music History

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June 2nd, 1984Wham! had their first No.1 with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.’ Written and produced by George Michael. The song was born from a note which Andrew Ridgeley, the other half of Wham!, left for his parents reading “Wake me up up before you go.” The typo on the note inspired the duo to double up the “go” in the song.

May 31st, 1968 – Working on what will become The White album, Yoko Ono attends her first session with The Beatles. Adding overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’, and the final six minutes of the song evolving into chaotic jamming with John Lennon repeatedly shouting “alright” and Yoko speaking random phrases.

May 31st, 1976 The Who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest performing rock band. Playing at a soccer stadium in the UK, they hit an ear-bursting 120 decibels to secure their spot in the record book.

June 1st, 1973Paul McCartney & Wings release the single “Live and Let Die” from the James Bond movie of the same name. The producers of the film had invited McCartney to write the theme song before the screenplay was even completed.

June 1st, 1985Bruce Springsteen kicks off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour in Dublin, Ireland. This would be his longest and most successful tour to date.

June 2nd, 1967David Bowie releases his self titled debut album in the UK. This is the same day The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, came out. “David Bowie” would later be released in the US in August and was a commercial failure at the time. It would take Bowie two years to release his second album.

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