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During this week in 1977, British rock legends Led Zeppelin basically took over New York City as part of what became their final American tour. They stopped in the city for a total of 6 performances in a row at Madison Square Garden. Every show was sold out.
Forty-three years ago on June 13, Rivers Cuomo, founder of Weezer, was born in Manhattan in 1970. Cuomo spend his childhood living in an ashram in Connecticut before moving to L.A. when he was 19 to pursue music. Since Weezer was founded in 1992, the band has released nine studio albums. Rolling Stone ranked their self-titled debut album, often referred to as The Blue Album, at #297 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
On June 13 in 1987, the much beloved Whitney Houston began her domination of the U.K. and U.S. charts with her 1987 album Whitney, which went on to have an incredible six week run at #1 on the U.K. album charts. Whitney went on to set multiple records on the U.S. charts. Houston became the first female to ever debut an album at #1 on the Billboard 200, and only just the 5th solo artist to ever accomplish this feat. The album broke another record by staying at #1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Whitney hosts four hit singles that all peaked at #1, including “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” These singles, in combination with the three from her previous debut album, broke another record by giving Houston seven consecutive #1 singles. This record surpassed the Beatles, so yeah, it’s a big deal.
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