This Week In Classic Rock History

AUG 23-29: Historic events this week from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Lennon

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AUGUST 23, 1969: “HONKY TONK WOMEN” IS #1
Less than two months after its release, “Honky Tonk Women” went to #1 for four straight weeks.

One of the biggest Stones hits to not appear on a studio album, it was included on the Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) compilation. A country version called “Country Honk” would be released on Let It Bleed.

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AUGUST 25, 1975: BRUCE RELEASES BORN TO RUN
Springsteen’s breakthrough album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.

The title track is far and away Springsteen’s most played song in concert.

With 6 million sold in the US, it remains his 2nd biggest album behind the massively successful Born In the USA (20M in sales worldwide).

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AUGUST 27, 1990: STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN DIES
SRV boarded a helicopter after an Alpine Valley show of classic songs including “Tightrope”, “Pride and Joy” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”.

Limited visibility, due to fog, resulted in the helicopter crashing shortly after takeoff.

He was 35.

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AUGUST 27, 1992: LENNON’S LYRICS FETCH $100,000
In 1986, the estate of Mal Evans, asst. to the Beatles, discovered John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics among Evans’ personal diaries.

Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life” sold at auction for $100,000 in 1992.

The lyrics found their way to the auction block again in 2010 where an anonymous buyer paid $1,200,000.

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