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This Week In Classic Rock History

This Week In Classic Rock History

SEP 18-24: Historic events this week from Ozzy, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, R.E.M. and Paul McCartney

SEPTEMBER 19, 1981: THE ROLLING STONES’ TATTOO YOU IS #1

Tattoo You was the Rolling Stones’ 9th straight US #1 album.

The album sold over 4 million copies thanks to the massive single, “Start Me Up”.

Their final album to go #1 in the US, Tattoo You would remain at the top for 9 straight weeks

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2022: PATIENT NUMBER 9 IS OZZY’S HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM IN UK
With the release of his 13th solo album, Patient Number 9, Ozzy has scored his first ever #1 album in the US.

The album currently sits atop Billboard’s Top Albums Sales Chart

Before Patient Number 9, his highest charting albums in the US were Black Rain (2007) and Ordinary Man (2020), which both peaked at #3.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 1979: LONDON CALLING COVER PHOTO
Clash bassist, Paul Simonon grew angry at NYC’s Palladium upon realizing bouncers weren’t allowing the audience to stand up during their performance.

Photographer Pennie Smith captured the moment he smashed his bass guitar out of frustration.

The shot would end up becoming an iconic image, gracing the cover of The Clash’s classic London Calling album.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011: R.E.M. BREAKS UP

6½ months after releasing their final album, R.E.M. amicably called it quits.

Among many awards won in their 31 years, they won three Grammy awards for their 7th album, Out of Time.

Out of Time began a streak of R.E.M. albums to go 4x Platinum. The others were Automatic for the People (1992) and Monster (1994).

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2018: EGYPT STATION IS #1
To celebrate the release of his 17th solo album, Paul McCartney played a private show at Grand Central Station.

Egypt Station became McCartney’s first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

It was his first #1 album since Tug of War in 1982.