This Week In Music History: June 2nd-8th

BET Awards '06 - ShowAs the week comes to a rainy conclusion, it’s time for This Week In Music History!

This day in 1969 marks the debut of British supergroup Blind Faith.  Consisting of Eric Clapton (Yardbirds, Cream), Ginger Baker (Cream), Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic), and  Ric Grech (Family), Blind Faith was one of the world’s first ever supergroups. The group debuted with a free performance at Hyde Park in London, and only put out one album in 1969 before disbanding to form other groups.

One of the most illustrious musical careers ever began on this day in 1958, when Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Prince has been in the business since his debut album, For You, in 1978.  Since then he’s released twenty-five studio albums, ten of which have gone platinum in the United States.  Prince was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, his first year of eligibility.  The Grammy Award winner has produced many, many hits including “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” and “Little Red Corvette.”

This week also marks the debut of Bruce Springsteen’s album, Born In the U.S.A.  The seventh album from the Boss was released on June 4th, 1984.  The album received love from both critics and fans, as it reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts.  The album took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance for “Dancing In the Dark,” which is just one of seven songs from the album to chart in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, including “Glory Days” and “Born In the U.S.A.”  This is a feat that is only matched by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

By Anthony Cantone Heinze

If you liked this, check out:
Throwback Thursday: Bruce Springsteen
This Week in Music History: May 26th-June 1st

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