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July 27th, 1986 Queen became the first western act to play in Eastern Europe in over 20 years when they preformed in Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary. It was Louis Armstong in 1964 who was there last. Queen’s show was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.

July 26th, 1980The Rolling Stones start a seven week run at the top of the US album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’. It was the first Stones album recorded since Keith Richards was exonerated from drug charges in Toranto, which could have landed him in jail for years.

July 26th, 1986Peter Gabriel hits No. 1 with ‘Sledgehammer’. Its music video will go on to win a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the ’87 MTV Video Music Awards.

July 27th, 1968Cass Elliot attempts a solo career following the break up of The Mamas and the Papas with her version of ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’. It would be the most successful version of the song peaking at No. 12 on the singles chart.

July 28th, 1960 Roy Orbison enters the UK charts with ‘Only The Lonely’, an operatic rock ballad, which was a sound unheard of at the time, and is credited with pushing rock and roll into a new direction. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, ‘Only The Lonely’ would also hit No. 2 in the US.

July 28th, 1964 – On their second visit to Sweden, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon get shocked from ungrounded mics while playing shows at a hockey arena in Stockholm.


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