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Uriah Heep - July Morning

"July Morning" is a song by Uriah Heep. It is the third track of their 1971 album Look at Yourself.
The song was written by the band's keyboardist Ken Hensley and original lead singer, David Byron. Approximately the last four minutes of the piece consist of an (accompanied) organ solo, serving as a fine example of Hensley's keyboard talents. The "odd" sounding calliope riffs are actually Manfred Mann, who according to the album's liner notes "Appears for the first time with his Moog synthesizer." German heavy metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell covered this song on his album The Masquerade Ball in 2000.

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July Morning
In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called July Morning (Bulgarian: Джулай Морнинг) which is believed to be an echo from the hippie era of the 1960-1980s. Although not universally observed in the country, it is unique as it is not observed anywhere else in the world.
Usually, in the days before 1st of July, people from across Bulgaria travel (often hitchhiking) to the Black Sea coast to meet the first sun rays on the first day of July. People gather around fires, share drinks, play music and wait for the sunrise. There is no mandatory ritual, ceremony or rite for this tradition and it is up to participants' discretion how will they spend the night before July 1. On many locations, there are concerts with professional and amateur bands. Camping at the locations of choice for the July Morning celebration is also very popular.
Initially, celebrants gathered on Pier 1 in Port of Varna East; now the vigil takes place on beaches as well. In recent years, it have spread to Kamen Bryag, Kavarna, Shkorpilovtsi, Irakli, Burgas, Sozopol, Varvara, Ahtopol, Chernomorets as well as the whole Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
There were many attempts to commercialize the tradition by various parties - municipal authorities, concert promoters, etc. - trying to organize July Morning festivals and specials. All such attempts failed, possibly due to the lack of a single location of celebrations. Most recently, in 2012 some 12,000 people met the sunrise at Kamen Bryag where the song July Morning was performed by ex-Uriah Heep's singer John Lawton.
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