This Week In Classic Rock History

APR 18-24: Historic events this week from Cheap Trick, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Tom Petty

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APRIL 19, 2021: CHEAP TRICK’S FIRST #1 ALBUM

Cheap Trick’s 20th album, In Another World, became their first #1 album.

The album holds the top spots as #1 Current Rock Album and #1 Record Label Independent Current Album.

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APRIL 20, 1970: PAUL McCARTNEY’S SOLO DEBUT

It has been 51 years since the release of McCartney’s eponymous solo debut.

He played every instrument on the album while wife Linda contributed harmony vocals.

Containing the instant classic, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, the album was certified Gold less than 2 weeks after its release.

He used the same one-man approach for 1980’s McCartney II and 2020’s McCartney III.

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APRIL 20, 1993: AEROSMITH RELEASE GET A GRIP

With Get a Grip, Aerosmith had their first ever #1 album.

Boasting six Top 10 singles, with five in the Top 5, Get a Grip would sell 7 million copies within 2½ years of its release.

They took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in ’93 & ’94 for Livin’ on the Edge and Crazy, respectively.

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APRIL 23, 1971: ROLLING STONES RELEASE STICKY FINGERS

Sticky Fingers was the Stones’ first US #1 album since 1965’s Out Of Our Heads.

The 50 year old classic album features “Brown Sugar”, “Bitch”, “Wild Horses” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”.

Sticky Fingers was the first of 8 straight US #1 albums for the band.

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APRIL 24, 1989: PETTY’S SOLO DEBUT

After 7 LPs with The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty decided it was time for a solo project.

Retaining Mike Campbell on lead guitar and enlisting Jeff Lynne as producer/co-writer, Full Moon Fever was arguably his best album since Hard Promises.

“Runnin’ Down a Dream”, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin'” all went to #1

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