Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, and More: This Week in Music History

Credit: Takahiro Kyono from Tokyo, Japan

May 29: The First Outdoor Rock Festival – Technically

1959 – Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed performed for about 9,000 people at Atlanta’s Herndon Stadium. It was one of the first outdoor rock festivals. 

May 31:”God Save the Queen”

1977 – In the U.K., the Sex Pistols’ single, “God Save the Queen,” was banned by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority. 

June 1: David Bowie by David Bowie

1967 – David Bowie’s self-titled debut solo album was released in the U.K. 

June 3: Bob Marley Makes It Big

On this day in 1977, Bob Marley and the Wailers released their work of art and one of pillars in reggae music, Exodus.

Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica the previous year, it was produced by the band. The album is the Jamaican reggae band’s ninth studio album. The album includes singles like “Natural Mystic,” “Jamming,” and the genre big “Three Little Birds.”

The album was fan-favorite, but also a hit with the critics as Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and many more chose it as one of the best albums of the century.

June 4: Born in the U.S.A.

It was today in 1984 that Bruce Springsteen released his most successful and groundbreaking record, Born in the U.S.A. A critic against the American culture, the album includes politically charged singles like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Downbound Train,” and “Working on the Highway.”

The album is considered as one of the best ever released, with a music and cultural impact that is still going. Springsteen’s voice reached its highest moment in the production of this album,

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