This Week In Classic Rock History

JUL 26 – AUG 1: Historic events this week from The Rolling Stones, Eagles and George Harrison

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JULY 25, 1968: BEGGARS BANQUET DELAYED

Beggars Banquet‘s intended cover featured a graffiti riddled bathroom wall with a visible toilet and toilet roll.

The band’s label rejected the album cover, resulting in the album being delayed until December.

Beggars Banquet was released with a plain cover, resembling an invitation. Subsequent reissues of the album have used the “offending” cover.

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JULY 26, 1975: ONE OF THESE NIGHTS IS #1
The Eagles’ fourth album, One of These Nights, earned them their first #1 album.

The 4x Platinum album would spend 5 weeks at #1, and earn the group a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

“Lyin’ Eyes” won the Eagles their first ever Grammy award. (Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal)

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JULY 28, 1970: JAGGER STARS IN NED KELLY
Mick Jagger made his feature film acting debut as the infamous iron outlaw, Ned Kelly.

A year before the film’s release, Jagger told The Australian Women’s Weekly:

“I am taking this film very seriously. Kelly won’t look anything like me. You wait and you’ll see what I look like. I want to concentrate on being a character actor.”

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JULY 31, 1980: EAGLES BREAK UP
Due to a pre-show argument, a couple of the Eagles spent an entire show threatening to beat each other up after they got off stage.

The group, essentially, broke up after the gig. Glenn Frey and Don Henley both released their first albums apart from one another in 1982.

They reunited 14 years later for the massively successful Hell Freezes Over Tour.

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AUGUST 1, 1971: THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH
The concert featured Harrison, Clapton, Dylan, Badfinger, Leon Russell and more coming together to raise money for the starving and homeless people of Bengal.

“An enormous amount of money was collected and this could never have been achieved without the help of dear George.” – Ravi Shankar (2005)

The concert album won a Grammy for Album of the Year; beating out Don McLean’s American Pie and Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson.

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