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AUG 25: Today in 1976, Boston released their self-titles debut, Boston! Two of Boston’s biggest hits would come from this album, “More Than A Feeling” and “Long Time”. The bulk of the album was recorded in Tom Scholz’s home. It has sold over 17 million copies in the U.S., making it the second best selling debut of all-time (GNR is at #1 with Appetite For Destruction).
AUG 26: Today in 2004, singer Laura Branigan passed away in her sleep due to an undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm.😢 She broke through in the 1980s with hits “Gloria”, “Solitaire”, and “How Am I Suppose To Live Without You”. She was recording new music and was preparing a comeback to music at the time of her passing. RIP
AUG 27: On this day in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan along with four others perished in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin. 😢 Vaughan is often regarded as one of the most influential guitarists and musicians of all-time. He began playing guitar at age 7. During the 1970s, he would join several bands honing his craft along the way. In 1978, he joined Double Trouble and they would become nationally known after playing the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982. Vaughan and Double Trouble would record several albums before Vaughan's passing in 1990. In 2015, Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. RIP
AUG 29: Today in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and took the life of Barry Cowsill, who drowned at age 50. He was the drummer of the band The Cowsills, which was comprised of family members and would inspire the television show The Partridge Family. RIP 📷: LouisePalanker [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en]
AUG 30: John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas was born today in 1935. In the early 1960s, Phillips moved to New York City in hopes of getting a recording contract. His first folk band, The Journeymen, did well and recorded three albums. He would meet Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty in Greenwich Village. They would go on to form The Mamas & The Papas along with Michelle Phillips. After the breakup of the band, Phillips would attempt a solo career, but would eventually restart The Mamas & The Papas with various singers. He would perform with the band until his death of heart failure in 2001. RIP
AUG 31: Today in 1985, Dire Straits was at #1 with their hit album Brothers in Arms. It would stay at the top for 9 weeks! The band’s fifth studio album would go on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide - making it one of the best selling albums of all time!💿🎶
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