This Week In Classic Rock History

Jan 26 – Feb 1: Historic events this week from John Lennon, Jonny Lang, David Bowie and The Beatles

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JANUARY 27, 1970: INSTANT KARMA! COMPLETED IN A DAY

Lennon’s third single outside The Beatles was written, recorded and completed in one day.

“…wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner…” – John Lennon

Featuring George Harrison, it was Lennon’s 2nd “solo”single since privately leaving The Beatles four months earlier.

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JANUARY 28, 1997: JONNY LANG’S LIE TO ME

Jonny Lang released his major-label debut, Lie to Me, the day before he turned 16. On the strength of the album’s title track, the sophomore album went Gold four months later and was certified Platinum (1 million sold) a year after its release.

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JANUARY 30, 2016: BOWIE’S FIRST US #1 ALBUM

Bowie never had a #1 album in the US until his final album reached the top spot 3 weeks after his death.

His highest charting albums in the US are (position/album/year):

#1: Blackstar (2016)
#2: The Next Day (2013)
#3: Station to Station (1976)
#4: Let’s Dance (1983)
#5: Diamond Dogs (1974)

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JANUARY 30, 1969: THE BEATLES’ ROOFTOP CONCERT

The Beatles’ final live concert is speculated to have been a rehearsal for a return to live performances. During the unannounced rooftop concert, they performed “Get Back” (thrice), “Don’t Let Me Down” (twice), “I’ve Got a Feeling” (twice), “One After 909” and “Dig a Pony”.

At the conclusion of the 42-minute set, John Lennon quipped:

“I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition” – John Lennon

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