This Week In Classic Rock History

AUG 16-22: Historic events this week from Neil Young, The Doors, Eric Clapton, CCR and Eagles

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AUGUST 16, 1994: NEIL YOUNG’S SLEEPS WITH ANGELS

Neil Young’s 20th album, and 7th with Crazy Horse, is a dark affair.

The dark, grunge inflected rock of Sleeps With Angels stands in sharp contrast to the country/folk rock of his previous album, Harvest Moon.

Having Kurt Cobain quote his “It’s better to burn out than to fade away” in his suicide letter, inspired Young to write the album’s title track.

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AUGUST 17, 1968: WAITING FOR THE SUN IS #1

The Doors’ third album, Waiting for the Sun, is their only US #1 album.

The album held the top spot for four straight weeks, thanks to their second #1 single, “Hello, I Love You.”

…thanks to their second #1 single, “Hello, I Love You”.

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AUGUST 20, 1970: COSMO’S FACTORY #1

CCR’s second #1 album, Cosmo’s Factory, remains their biggest seller.

The album contains such classics as “Travelin’ Band”, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”, “Run Through the Jungle”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.

Cosmo’s Factory spent nine straight weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts.

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AUGUST 20, 2018: A MILESTONE FOR THEIR GREATEST HITS (1971-1975)

It’s no secret that Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) from the Eagles is one of the biggest selling albums of all-time.

But in 2018, the collection became the biggest seller of all-time in the US with 38 million in sales.

However, Michael Jackson’s Thriller remains the biggest selling album worldwide with over 66 million copies sold.

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AUGUST 22, 1970: DEREK & THE DOMINOES BEGIN RECORDING LAYLA ALBUM

The collaboration between Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock and Duane Allman stands as one of the greatest one-off supergroups of all time.

Duane Allman would contribute lead guitar to 11 of the album’s 14 tracks.

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, and the reissue won the Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album in 2012.

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