FEB 21-27: Historic events this week from REO Speedwagon, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Van Halen
FEBRUARY 21, 1981: REO SPEEDWAGON’S HI INFIDELITY IS #1
REO Speedwagon’s 9th album, Hi Infidelity, ended the 8-week reign of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy.
Hi Infidelity would go on to spend 15 non-consecutive weeks at #1 in 1981, trading places twice with Styx’s Paradise Theater.
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FEBRUARY 24, 1975: LED ZEPPELIN RELEASE PHYSICAL GRAFFITI
Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti was a big one. It’s their second biggest selling album behind their untitled fourth album (aka Led Zeppelin IV).
Despite only releasing “Trampled Under Foot” as a single, “Houses of the Holy”, “Kashmir” and “The Wanton Song” have all received significant radio air play.
The album has sold over 16 Million copies in the US alone.
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FEBRUARY 24, 1993: ERIC CLAPTON’S UNPLUGGED WINS BIG AT GRAMMYs
Eric Clapton’s Unplugged won six of its nine Grammy nominations.
Taking the prize for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal (Male), Best Rock Vocal (Male) and Best Rock Song.
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FEBRUARY 25, 1984: VAN HALEN’S “JUMP” IS #1
“Jump” was the first single from Van Halen’s classic sixth album, 1984. The track spent 5 straight weeks at #1.
“Jump” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal, but ultimately lost to Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain”.