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This Week In Classic Rock History

JUL 24-30: Historic events this week from AC/DC, Eagles, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams and ZZ Top

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JULY 25, 1980: AC/DC UNLEASHES BACK IN BLACK
Five months after the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC had a new album with Geordie’s Brian Johnson on lead vocals.

Back in Black has sold over 18 million copies in the US thanks to songs like “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and “Hells Bells”.

With 50 million sold worldwide, Back In Black remains #2 bestselling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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JULY 26, 1975: EAGLES’ ONE OF THESE NIGHTS IS #1
The Eagles’ fourth studio album, One of These Nights, was their first #1 on the Billboard charts.

The album would remain at #1 for five straight weeks.

“Lyin’ Eyes” earned the band their first Grammy, winning for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

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JULY 27, 1981: STEVIE NICKS RELEASES BELLA DONNA
Stevie Nicks’ solo debut, Bella Donna, is her biggest album outside of Fleetwood Mac.

The 4 million selling album would spend a week at #1 and contained the hits “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)”.

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JULY 27, 1991: BRYAN ADAMS’ MASSIVE #1 HIT
Bryan Adams had his second US #1 hit (after “Heaven”) with the release of “(Everything I Do) I Do it for You”.

The massive hit appeared on the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack, as well as Adams’ sixth studio album, Waking Up the Neighbours.

The single made Bryan Adams a Grammy winner and an Oscar nominee

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JULY 28, 2021: ZZ TOP’S DUSTY HILL DIES

Less than a week after leaving ZZ Top’s tour to address a hip issue, bassist Dusty Hill passed away.

The posted to social media:

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

He was 72.

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