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This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from Iron Maiden, John Fogerty, The Beatles, Deep Purple and Bob Seger

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MARCH 22, 1982: IRON MAIDEN’S THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST
Influential English heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, released a classic with their third album.

The Number of the Beast was the first to feature the now-iconic Bruce Dickinson on lead vocals.

Containing one of their most well-known songs (“Run to the Hills”) the controversial album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

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MARCH 23, 1985: JOHN FOGERTY’S CENTERFIELD IS #1
John Fogerty’s Centerfield was his first solo album of all-original songs.

Arriving 10 years after his second solo album, Centerfield would spend at week at #1.

Containing “Rock and Roll Girls” (#5), “Centerfield” (#4) and “The Old Man Down the Road” (#1), Centerfield went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US.

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MARCH 25, 1966: THE BEATLES’ “BUTCHER COVER” PHOTO SHOOT
The Yesterday and Today compilation was controversial due to the Beatles being draped in meat and doll parts on the cover.

The album was recalled when stores refused to sell it due to the offensive cover art.

The cover was replaced with a photo of the Beatles and a steamer trunk

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MARCH 25, 1972: DEEP PURPLE’S MACHINE HEAD
Deep Purple’s sixth album, Machine Head, remains their biggest selling album with over 2 million sold.

Their highest charting album in the US (#7) contains Space Truckin’, Highway Star and the classic rock radio staple Smoke on the Water

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MARCH 25, 1977: BOB SEGER’S NIGHT MOVES GOES PLATINUM
Bob Seger’s 9th LP was his first studio album to be credited to Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.

Night Moves was propelled to Platinum status thanks to classic Seger standards such as “Rock & Roll Never Forgets”, “The Fire Down Below”, “Mainstreet” and the album’s title track.

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