July 7, 1977 ~ Styx release their seventh album and it’s the one that send them into the rock stratosphere.
Some call it the greatest live album ever and it’s hard to argue. Released on July 6, 1971, it’s #49 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 2004, the album was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” by the National Recording Registry.
July 6, 1972 ~ Bowie appears on the BBC’s Top of The Pops. It’s not his first time but it’s the first time for Ziggy Stardust. A raised eyebrow and a look straight into the camera and for the rock n’ roll soul of the audience watching on TV it was all over. Bowie — and Ziggy — had arrived.
NOTE: Love this take from Far Out Magazine …
July 2, 1979 ~ Neil Young and Crazy Horse release what ends up being #351 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
It’s as close to perfection as you can get.
July 1, 1973 ~ Legendary Dutch rockers Golden Earring release Moontan …
Album #2 for The Doobie Brothers and their first with drummer Mike Hossack, who with John Hartman, form that classic Doobie twin-drummer sound. Released on July 1, 1972.
After Blind Faith’s demise, Steve Winwood set out to do his first solo album. But somewhere along the way, he yearned for musicians in the studio who thought like him. Enter Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. Traffic is back and they release their 4th album on July 1, 1970 …