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This Day in Music History: Stevie Wonder appears on Sesame Street, Metallica sues Napster

1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. It is considered by many to be the version of the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song is used over the opening titles for the film Blackboard Jungle and goes on to be a worldwide #1 & the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lou Reed Tribute at World Cafe Live, Vulcans at Boot and Saddle, Polar Bear Club at First Unitarian Church and more

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World Cafe Live welcomes “A Tribute to Lou Reed” in celebration of the life and music of the late, great Lou Reed. A huge array of bands – from Pete Donnelly to Weekender to Levee Drivers – will perform at the event, and proceeds go to MANNA, a non-profit organization that provides hope and nutrition to Philadelphians battling life-threatening illnesses. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Philabundance. Find tickets and more information here. Watch Lou Reed perform “Sweet Jane” below.

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