Historic events this week from David Bowie, Bad Company, Lenny Kravitz, Allman Brothers and R.E.M.
MARCH 7, 1975: 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 8, 1974: FREE/MOTT THE HOOPLE MEMBERS PERFORM AS BAD COMPANY
One of the greatest & most successful supergroups in rock history features members of Free and Mott the Hoople.
The majority of the songs from their first live gig would later appear on their debut album.
The set included “Bad Company”, “Can’t Get Enough” and the Mott the Hoople holdover, “Ready for Love.”
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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 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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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.