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This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones

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APRIL 17, 1971: EACH BEATLE HAS SOLO SINGLE ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
Before the Beatles officially broke up, they’d all released solo albums.

With Ringo releasing “It Don’t Come Easy”, all four ex-Beatles had singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (peaking at #1)
  • Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy” (peaking at #4)
  • Paul McCartney’s “Another Day” (peaking at #5)
  • John Lennon’s “Power to the People” (peaking at #11)

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

Forty four years after their debut album, Cheap Trick’s In Another World became their first #1 album.

The band’s 20th album found its way to the top spot of the Current Rock Album and Record Label Independent Current Album charts.

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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 51 year old classic album features “Brown Sugar”, “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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