This Week In Classic Rock History

AUG 2-8: Historic events this week from Def Leppard, Prince, Stevie Nicks and ZZ Top

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AUGUST 3, 1987: DEF LEPPARD RELEASE HYSTERIA

All 7 singles from Def Leppard’s fourth album went Top 10:

“Hysteria” (#9), “Women” (#7), “Animal” (#5), “Rocket” (#5), “Armageddon It” (#3), “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (#2), “Love Bites” (#1)

Hysteria has sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.

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AUGUST 4, 1984: PURPLE RAIN IS #1
A little over a month after its release, Purple Rain made its way to #1 on the Billboard 200.

Featuring the #1 hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, the classic album would spend an astounding 22 straights weeks at #1.

The landmark album earned Prince & the Revolution two Grammys, and an Academy for Best Original Song Score for Prince.

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AUGUST 6, 1981: STEVIE NICKS RELEASES BELLA DONNA
Stevie Nicks scored a #1 album with the release of her solo debut, Bella Donna.

The album has sold over 6 million copies worldwide thanks to strong singles like “Leather and Lace” featuring Don Henley, “Edge of Seventeen”…

…and “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” featuring Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

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AUGUST 7, 1996: ELIMINATOR CERTIFIED DIAMOND
ZZ Top’s biggest album, Eliminator, is a stunner.

Expanded use of synthesizers brought a New Wave sound that appealed to a wider audience.

Eliminator has gone 10x Platinum in the US thanks to the hits “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Got Me Under Pressure”, “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man”.

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