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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
Cream Wheels of Fire
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45 Years Ago: Cream’s ‘Wheels of Fire’ Album Released

When Cream got set to record their third album in mid 1967, they probably had no idea the course 'Wheels of Fire' would take before its release in July 1968. Sessions were divided into two parts -- first in London and then in New York. But because the trio was on the road so much promoting 'Disraeli Gears,' they didn't feel that the material they had was sufficient for an LP.

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The Band
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45 Years Ago: The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink’ Album Released

In five seemingly short years, the Band went from backing a mostly obscure rockabilly singer to joining Bob Dylan on tour to becoming a super-popular group in its right. By the time they released their debut album, 'Music From Big Pink,' in July 1968, the Band were already semi legends.

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56 Years Ago: John Lennon Meets Paul McCartney

The first time John Lennon met Paul McCartney, Lennon was about ready to go onstage with his band the Quarrymen. One of the group members knew McCartney from school, so he introduced him to his bandmates. Lennon was 16; McCartney was 15. It was July 6, 1957, and the most significant meeting in rock history was about to go down.

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David Bowie
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40 Years Ago: David Bowie Makes His Last Appearance As Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy played guitar for the final time 40 years ago today. On July 3, 1973, David Bowie retired his most famous -- and career-defining -- alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, after a triumphant sold-out concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theatre.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Lemmy Addresses Health in Note to Fans

It's been a hectic couple of weeks for Lemmy Kilmister and the Motorhead crew. With various health scares -- ranging from the maybe-serious to the even-more-serious -- putting a stop to the band's summer touring schedule, and no real confirmation of what's really going on, fans have been speculating on the condition of the 67-year-old frontman.

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