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This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events from Robert Plant, Meat Loaf, Bob Dylan and Lynyrd Skynyrd

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OCTOBER 17, 1977: LYNYRD SKYNYRD RELEASE STREET SURVIVORS

Street Survivors was an exciting step forward with the addition of guitarist Steve Gaines.

Tragically, the band’s infamous plane crash took the lives of Gaines and singer Ronnie Van Zant 3 days after the album’s release.

The album sold 500,000 copies in its first ten days.

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OCTOBER 20, 1979: DYLAN’S ONLY SNL APPEARANCE

In Saturday Night Live‘s history, Bob Dylan has been a musical guest only once.

He appeared on the program to promote his 19th studio album, Slow Train Coming.

He performed “When You Gonna Wake Up”, “I Believe in You”, and the Grammy-winning “Gotta Serve Somebody”.

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OCTOBER 21, 1977: MEAT LOAF’S BAT OUT OF HELL

Meat Loaf’s Todd Rundgren-produced debut album has sold 43 million worldwide thanks to top 40 hits “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

After Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Bat Out of Hell is the 3rd longest charting studio album in the UK, having spent 522 total weeks on the UK charts.

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OCTOBER 23, 2007: RAISING SAND BY ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS DEBUTS AT #2

Robert Plant’s first collaborative album with Alison Krauss made it’s debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts.

Raising Sand is the highest charting album for Plant outside of his work with Led Zeppelin.

The album won 5 Grammys; sweeping all categories in which it was nominated, including Album of the Year & Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

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