This Week in Music History
July 23, 1983 – The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 107-date Synchronicity world tour at Comiskey Park in Chicago. They also went to No.1 on the album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.
July 24, 1976 – Elton John and Kiki Dee score a #1 single with their ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ duet. John had met Dee years before when she was working as a back-up singer. The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and would be Elton’s first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits.
July 25, 1970 – The Carpenters start a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Close To You’. It’s the first of three No.1’s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was originally written for Herb Alpert, but he said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.
July 26, 1986 – Peter 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 27, 1986 – Queen becomes 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 28, 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.
July 29, 1990 – Elton John checks himself into a health center in Chicago seeking help with an addiction problem and bulimia. He would take over a year off from touring and recording while he got better.