Today in Rock History; Elton John and Madonna go no. 1, Peter Townshend is born and more

Another Peter (Gabriel) released his fifth solo LP, too.

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Today in rock history, on this date in 1990. Madonna sailed into the #1 spot on the Billboard singles chart with "Vogue", one of her most popular dance songs. The song was originally intended to appear as B-side for a different single only but was later reconsidered for proper release. It originally appeared on her I'm Breathless album which contained songs inspired by the film "Dick Tracy" in which she appeared. The song incited a dance craze at the time and it can still pack a dance floor to this date. The song was Madonna's eighth no. 1 hit single.

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Today in rock history, on this date in 1986. Ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel released his fifth solo album, So. The album was a major success for Gabriel as it contained some of the biggest hits he'd ever scored and some of his most recognizable songs; "Sledgehammer" benefited from heavy rotation on music video channel MTV thanks to its quirky, eye-catching video. "Don't Give Up", the gorgeous duet sung with Kate Bush and "In Your Eyes", a song that became synonymous with the most memorable scene in the late '80's teen film "Say Anything" all appear on this marvelous album. The record reached the top spot on sales charts all around the globe and introduced this brilliant artist to a brand new audience of record buyers.

Today in rock history, on this date in 1945. A true rock 'n roll hero was born in Chiswick, London, England. Pete Townshend, multi-instrumentalist, singer, lead guitarist, songwriter, author, producer and mastermind of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Who, was born on this date 72 years ago today.

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Today in rock history, on this date in 1975. Elton John released his ninth studio album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The autobiographical album focuses on the early musical upbringing of John and his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. The album was the very first ever to debut at the  no. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart upon its release due to the enormous advance orders for it. It topped the charts for nine weeks and was immediately awarded platinum status for sales in excess of one million copies. The album featured one of Elton's greatest ballads, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and came elaborately packaged with a colorful gatefold sleeve and a lyric booklet inside. Definitely one of Elton John's very best, if not his greatest, album

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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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