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This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from Bob Seger, The Kinks, Eagles and Bruce Springsteen

MAY 30, 2017: BOB SEGER’S GREATEST HITS CERTIFIED DIAMOND
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s Greatest Hits is their biggest selling album with over 10 million sold in the US.

The solid collection of heartland rock contains five Top 5 hits: “Like a Rock” (#1), “Turn the Page” (#1), “Night Moves” (#4), “Still the Same” (#4) and “Against the Wind” (#5).

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JUNE 2, 1996: VH1 STORYTELLERS DEBUTS WITH RAY DAVIES
VH1 Storytellers, VH1’s answer to MTV Unplugged, began in 1996 with Ray Davies of The Kinks.

The 15 song set was dominated by classic Kinks tracks including “Lola”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”.

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JUNE 3, 1972: EAGLES RELEASE “TAKE IT EASY”
Having trouble completing Take It Easy for his debut album, Jackson Browne received assistance from Glenn Frey.

Upon hearing “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona”, Frey completed the verse with “Such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

The song was the Eagles’ first single off their debut album. Jackson Browne recorded his own version the following year for his second album.

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JUNE 4, 1984: SPRINGSTEEN RELEASES BORN IN THE U.S.A.
Move over Born to Run. Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. was a game changer for him, selling 15 millions copies to date.

All seven singles released from the album would crack the Top 10 in the US.

“Dancing in the Dark” (#2), “Cover Me” (#7), “Born in the U.S.A.” (#9), “I’m on Fire” (#6), “Glory Days” (#5), “I’m Goin’ Down” (# 9), “My Hometown” (#6)

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