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On July 24th, 1969 a musical bond that would last off and on for generations was formed. On this day, Neil Young performed with Crosby, Stills, and Nash for the first time ever at The Fillmore East in New York. The idea at first was that Young would only help out with live material, but this turned out not to be the case. Young has been a member of the group for three of their eight albums, including 1970’s Deja Vu, 1988’s American Dream, and 1999′s Looking Forward.
This week also marked the first release of Elvis Costello’s career. On July 22nd, 1977 his debut album My Aim Is True was released through Stiff Records. Thirty-six years and over twenty albums later, Costello is now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and #80 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Costello played a huge part in the British New Wave movement of the 70’s, and is also known for playing a variety of acting roles. Be on the lookout for Costello’s next release, a collaborative album with The Roots titled Wake Up Ghost, due out September 17th.
One of the biggest stars in music history was born on July 26th, 1943: the rock demigod, Mick Jagger. Now a household name across the world, Jagger is a founding member of The Rolling Stones, one of the longest-lasting and most influential bands of all time. This past year they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a huge tour and album release, which included two new songs. Jagger has put out twenty-four studio albums with the Stones, who are credited by Rolling Stone with writing the second greatest song of all time, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” as well as being the #4 greatest artist of all time. Jagger has written the songs “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Honky Tonk Women,” among an incredible amount of other hits. But you already knew that. Because he’s Mick Jagger.
Check back in next week for another look back in music history!