Today in rock history; Born To Run and Graceland see release, Elvis Costello is born and more

"My Sharona" goes — and stays — no. 1, too.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1975, the young, scruffy New Jersey kid who'd already played in a ton of bar bands and had two major label releases under his belt released the album that would change his life forever. Bruce Springsteen's watershed third album, Born To Run arrived on this date and it asserted him as a musical force. After releasing two albums in 1973 that were met with critical praise but paltry sales, Springsteen was poised to make the absolute best record he could. Only in his mid-20s but already boasting a remarkably advanced, worldly sense of musical and poetic abilities, Bruce did just that. Born To Run is an album full of hopes, dreams, harsh realities, longing and despair..the type of work a veteran artist concocts after a seasoned career, but Springsteen created this monumental album just as his career as a young, fresh, solo singer/songwriter was launching.

An instant success around the Northeast, Bruce's stomping grounds, the record caught fire around the world and grew in popularity and increasing sales, steadily making Springsteen a bona fide rock star almost overnight. His legendary live performances did plenty to bolster his status, too. In a world of prog rock, soft rock and tepid pop music, Springsteen revitalized the live concert experience with his electrifying, mammoth live shows that were supercharged with excitement and the true power of gritty rock and roll. He'd soon land simultaneous cover stories in both weekly news magazines Newsweek and Time and in no time, everyone was talking about Bruce Springsteen. The title track of the album has been dubbed the unofficial anthem of the state of New Jersey and is still considered one of, if not the, definitive Springsteen anthem. A timeless record that continues to inspire and thrill was born on this date, 42 years ago today.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1986, Paul Simon released Graceland, an album that saw the longtime singer and songwriter delve into world music and incorporate a variety of sounds and styles into his own unique blend of pop music. Working with world artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Youssou N’Dour as well as with members of Los Lobos, The Everly Brothers and Linda Ronstadt among many others, Simon put together what wound up being an internationally recognized and celebrated album and one of the best-selling and most openly received of his long career. The record would win the prestigious Grammy award for Album of the Year in 1987 as well as statues in three other categories and was a top seller in various countries around the world. Singles released from the album included "You Can Call Me Al," "Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes," "Boy In The Bubble" and the title track. The album was a no. 1 hit in America and has reportedly sold in excess of fifteen million copies worldwide to date.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1954, Declan Patrick MacManus was born in London, England. While working as a data entry computer clerk in his early 20s, the young man was aspiring to become a professional singer/songwriter and once he changed his stage name to Elvis Costello, his dreams would soon come true. Upon the release of his outstanding 1977 debut album, My Aim Is True, Costello quickly drew attention to himself for being one of the sharpest and most astute songwriters of the late 70s new wave boom. Costello has released a steady string of amazing albums covering a variety of styles and genres since he burst on the scene forty years ago and shows no signs of slowing down.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1979, California power pop band The Knack began a five-week run at the no, 1 spot on Billboard’s pop singles chart with its monster hit, “My Sharona.” The song was the first single released from the band’s massively successful debut album, Get The Knack which is still one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time; the record achieved gold sales status after only a little more than a week of its release. “My Sharona” was named after a real life friend of lead singer Doug Fieger’s who he’s eventually enjoy a romantic relationship with. The song dominated radio airwaves throughout the summer of 1979 and was undoubtedly the biggest hit the band would ever score.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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