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This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from AC/DC, Elton John, Neil Young, KISS and Duane Allman

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OCTOBER 23, 1990: BACK IN BLACK CERTIFIED DIAMOND
AC/DC’s first album with Brian Johnson was released 5 months after Bon Scott died.

Back in Black was certified Diamond (10 million sold) this week in 1990.

It has since gone Double Diamond with 22 million sold.

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OCTOBER 26, 1970: ELTON JOHN’S FIRST HIT SINGLE
After releasing seven singles between 1968 and 1970, Elton John finally scored a hit.

As the second single from his eponymous second album, “Your Song” reached #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and sold 2,000,000 copies on its own.

The Elton John/Bernie Taupin-penned song was first recorded by Three Dog Night, but was not released as a single.

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OCTOBER 28, 1977: NEIL YOUNG’S 3LP DECADE COMPILATION
Neil Young’s comprehensive 3LP compilation gathered classic songs from the first decade his career.

The Platinum-selling Decade gathers 35 tracks from Young’s career, including his time with Buffalo Springfield and CSN&Y.

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OCTOBER 28, 1978: KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK
The “KISSterical! KISStounding! KISStoric!” TV movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, remains a cult classic, mostly among KISS fans.

The plot centers around KISS using superpowers to save an amusement park from being destroyed by an evil inventor.

VHS copies of the movie are listed at $30 on eBay. The rare Laserdisc version is listed at $300.

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OCTOBER 29, 1971: DUANE ALLMAN DIES
Allman was thrown from his speeding Harley-Davidson after coming upon a stopped flatbed truck.

His bike landed on top of him and pinned him to the ground as he skidded 90 feet.

He died several hours later at the hospital.

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