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This Week In Classic Rock History

DEC 20-26: Historic events this week from George Harrison, Joe Strummer, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC

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DECEMBER 20, 1971: THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH ALBUM
The concert featured Harrison, Clapton, Dylan, Badfinger, Leon Russell and more coming together to raise money for the starving and homeless people of Bengal.

The concert album beat Don McLean’s American Pie & Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson to win the Album of the Year Grammy

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DECEMBER 22, 2002: JOE STRUMMER DIES
The Clash leader died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

He was 50 years old.

The Clash would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame one year later.

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DECEMBER 26, 1968: LED ZEPPELIN’S FIRST US TOUR
Thanks to a cancellation by the Jeff Beck Group, Led Zeppelin began their first North American tour in Denver, as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.

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DECEMBER 26, 1981: AC/DC’S FIRST US #1 ALBUM
Believe it or not, AC/DC’s Back In Black, didn’t make it to #1 in the US. It peaked at #4.

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) unseated Foreigner’s 4 for three weeks, before 4 regained the top spot.

For Those About to Rock would remain their only US #1 album until Black Ice in 2008 and Power Up in 2020.