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This Week In Classic Rock History

MAR 7-13: Historic events this week from David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, U2, R.E.M. and Allman Brothers

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MARCH 7, 1975: DAVID BOWIE RELEASES YOUNG AMERICANS
After the glam rock of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs, Bowie took an unexpected left turn into Blue-eyed soul.

Young Americans included contributions from soul singer Luther Vandross, John Lennon, and featured a cover of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe.”

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MARCH 9, 1993: LENNY KRAVITZ RELEASES ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY
Lenny Kravitz’s third album, Are You Gonna Go My Way, was his first to go Platinum.

Selling over 2 million copies in the US, it is his second biggest studio album behind the triple Platinum 5.

The album’s title track was his first #1 single, which sold over a million copies on its own.

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MARCH 9, 1987: U2 RELEASES THE JOSHUA TREE
Containing the US #1 singles “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, U2’s fifth album has sold over 25,000,000 worldwide.

The Joshua Tree was U2’s first of eight straight #1 albums in the US.

A year after its release, The Joshua Tree would win four Grammys including Album of the Year.

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MARCH 12, 1991: R.E.M. RELEASES OUT OF TIME
R.E.M.’s seventh album, Out of Time, was a big one for the band.

It was their first #1 album and contained the massive platinum selling #1 single, “Losing My Religion”.

Out of 7 Grammy nominations, R.E.M. won two for “Losing My Religion”, and one for Best Alternative Music Album.

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MARCH 12, 1971: NIGHT #1 OF ALLMAN BROS AT FILLMORE EAST
Allman Brothers Band’s classic live album, At Fillmore East, was recorded over 2 nights at the titular legendary theater in New York.

The live collection features 7 songs and 78 minutes worth of astounding southern rock.

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