Today in rock history; "Careless Whisper" tops the charts, Ice-T is born and more

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1972,  British hard rock giant Led Zeppelin made its live debut in Australia. The band kicked off the first of a six-night stint at the Subiaco Oval, a stadium in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The stadium accommodated 40,000 fans but, nonetheless, each show was overrun with hundreds of fans trying to break their way into the venue as well as thousands who lingered outside the gates, ticketless, who were there simply to listen to the music from outside the stadium. The short tour concluded in the city of Brisbane at the end of February and turned out to be an enormous success. The string of dates though Australia in February ’72 wound up being the group's one and only tour through the continent.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1988, Australian neo-psychedelic/alternative band The Church released its fifth album, the dreamy, sonic classic, Starfish. The renowned band had long been college rock favorites and had carved out a devout, loyal following in its home country as well as throughout Europe and the United States. With Starfish, a bona fide hit album, the band received the long-overdue recognition it so richly deserved. Featuring its breakthrough hit single, the moody, lulling “Under the Milky Way,” the band achieved chart success all around the world that surpassed any it received previously. The album and the single was the band’s highest charting releases in its home country and the album achieved gold status in the U.S. making it the band’s best performing release of its career in the U.S. Another single from the album, “Reptile,” helped propel the album to its astronomical sales around the world. Riding at the height of its popularity, the band embarked on an extensive tour of the United States that saw it co-headlining with ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy making it one of the most successful alternative music tours of 1988.

WHISPERS IN THE TRAP
St. Pete producer Rogerthomas gave Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" the trap treatment — listen to the remix now

Today in rock history: on this date in 1985, Wham!’s seductive, sultry ballad “Careless Whisper” started a three-week run at the No. 1 spot of the U.S. Billboard singles chart. Conceived four years earlier by the group’s primary songwriter, the late George Michael, the song and its recognizable, melancholy saxophone riff came to George while riding on a city bus at age 17. Later co-written with longtime friend and founder of the successful duo Andrew Ridgeley, the song was a smash hit in every corner of the world and climbed to the coveted No. 1 spot on singles charts in 25 countries around the globe. A hit on adult contemporary and R&B charts, “Careless Whisper” was a massive crossover hit for the pair and was the breakthrough single that raised Wham!’s status as a poppy boy band to a genuine, soulful, hit-making ensemble. Originally credited to Wham! featuring George Michael, the single is regarded as being George’s first solo hit single although he was still very much a member of Wham!. The song appeared on the pair’s highly successful sophomore album, 1984’s Make It Big which went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide. Listen to a St. Pete producer's remix of the single here.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1958, notorious rap and rock artist Ice-T was born in Newark, New Jersey. Named Tracy Lauren Marrow at birth, Ice-T was first known as a popular, underground hip-hop artist before groundbreaking record label, Sire Records, signed him to a major recording contract and released his official debut album, 1987’s Rhyme Pays which carries the distinction of being one of the first albums to ever carry an explicit warning label due to its profanity and subject matter. A string of successful albums followed this gold-selling record and helped make Ice-T one of the best-selling and most respected MCs of the gangsta-rap genre. Ice-T focused his energy on putting together a hard rock band titled Body Count in the early 1990s and stirred up a lot of controversy and boycotts due to a track on the group’s self-titled debut album entitled “Cop Killer” which was viewed as the glorification of violence towards police officers. Since then, Ice-T has remained active in music but has placed more emphasis on his acting skills. Besides appearing in dozens of major motion pictures, Ice-T has held a regular role on the popular television crime drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for many years.

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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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