Friday, July 7, 2023

Music History Today: July 8, 2023

July 8, 1985: Playboy magazine published nude photos of Madonna before becoming famous. The next day she appeared on the cover of the New York Post with one of her most famous quotes, "I'M NOT ASHAMED!"

July 8, 1985 Madonna cover of the New York Post “I'M NOT ASHAMED!”
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July 8, 1958: The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, Oklahoma. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como in March of 1958. The honor signified sales of 500,000 copies. 

Oklahoma soundtrack LP cover

July 8, 1967: One of the most significant mismatches in rock history occurred when the Jimi Hendrix Experience embarked on a 29-date U. tour opening for the Monkees. It ended eight days later, with Hendrix playing a mere seven shows.

July 8, 1973: Led Zeppelin's fifth album, Houses Of The Holy, was on the US and UK album charts.
The cover of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album was designed by Aubrey Powell. Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s influential science fiction novel Childhood’s End, he created something as mystical as the record. The 1953 book follows the story of a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the strange ‘Overlords’ whose arrival on the planet kicks off an age of apparent utopia under their rule. 
Read more: Far Out Magazine
Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy album cover art

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