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March 17 in Music History: Grateful Dead release their debut, Ray Davies receives his CBE

The Grateful Dead Self-Titled Debut Album

1957 – Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land is expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the King moves in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been used as a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

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Just Announced: U2 brings anniversary of The Joshua Tree to the Linc

U2, circa The Joshua Tree | photo by Anton Corbijn

Thirty years ago U2 released The Joshua Tree, the America-inspired record that spawned fan favorites like “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” To mark the album’s latest milestone Bono & co will be hitting the stadium circuit this summer to play the record in full, stopping at Lincoln Financial Field on June 18th for their first Philly show since 2011’s 360 Tour.

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