This Week In Classic Rock History

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Feb 23 – 29: Historic events this week from The Doors, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin

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FEBRUARY 23, 1970: MORRISON HOTEL CERTIFIED GOLD

Morrison Hotel went Gold almost immediately, selling 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.

Containing “Roadhouse Blues” and “Peace Frog”, it was their fifth consecutive album to go Gold.

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FEBRUARY 24, 1993: CLAPTON’S UNPLUGGED WINS BIG AT GRAMMYs

Eric Clapton’s Unplugged won six of its nine Grammy nominations.

Taking the prize for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal (Male), Best Rock Vocal (Male) and Best Rock Song.

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FEBRUARY 24, 1975: LED ZEPPELIN RELEASE PHYSICAL GRAFFITI

Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti was a big one. It’s their second biggest selling album behind their untitled fourth album (aka Led Zeppelin IV).

Despite only releasing “Trampled Under Foot” as a single, “Houses of the Holy”, “Kashmir” and “The Wanton Song” have all received significant radio air play.

The album has sold over 16 Million copies in the US alone.

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FEBRUARY 25, 1998: SOY BOMB

During Bob Dylan’s 1998 Grammys performance, Michael Portnoy, a performance artist who’d been hired as a “background dancer”, removed his shirt and began dancing
and contorting beside Dylan with SOY BOMB written on his body.

“Soy… represents dense nutritional life. Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life” – Michael Portnoy

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FEBRUARY 27, 1971: JANIS JOPLIN’S PEARL IS #1

Janis Joplin’s final album, Pearl, was released 3 months after her death.

The album spent nine consecutive weeks at #1.

Containing “Me and Bobby McGee” & “Mercedes Benz”, Pearl has sold over 4 Million copies in the US alone.

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