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This is a historic week for Hyde Park…the one in London, not Boston. June 29th, 1968 marks the first free concert to be held in the park. The show featured Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Roy Harper. This also coincided with the release of Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets. Since the concert in 1968, there have been many memorable concert events held in Hyde Park. The park was home to the main venue of Live 8 in 2005, and has hosted many other great acts including the Rolling Stones and Queen.
While so many great and beautiful things happen each week in music history, there is also some sadness. This week is the anniversary of singer songwriter Tim Buckley’s death in 1975. He was in Dallas, Texas for a show on June 28th, which turned out to be his final show. He passed away the following day from drug overdose at the age of 28.
In 1997 Radiohead unleashed their 3rd studio album, OK Computer, which hit number one on the UK album charts June 28th. The album was the first to be produced by the band themselves, along with Nigel Godrich. The album is often regarded as one of the greatest of the modern age, and features the tracks “Karma Police,” “Paranoid Android,” and “No Surprises.”
Check back next week for another edition of This Week In Music History!
By Anthony Cantone Heinze