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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 27


In 1859, “Happy Birthday” was first sung.

In 1970, The Jackson 5 started a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “The Love You Save,” their third #1 of the year.

In 1970, The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (aka The Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts — including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buddy Guy Blues Band — all travelled together on a chartered train, playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Calgary.

In 2002, Bass player John Entwistle of The Who died in his room at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel of a heart attack from a cocaine overdose. He was 57. The band was set to kick off a three-month North American tour the next day.

The Who - Boris the Spider

In 2015, Chris Squire, the bassist in Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He had been the only member to appear on each of Yes’s 21 studio albums.

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