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This Week in History

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The Rolling Stones Go Number One With Exile On Main Street Again

This week in 2010, The Rolling Stones had the best selling album in England. It had been 16 years since The Rolling Stones had a #1 album in the United Kingdom. They achieved this by the re-release of their 1972 double album “Exile On Main Street”.

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Pete Townshend Of The Who Is 69 Today

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born on this day May 19, 1945 at hospital in West London. In 1956, Pete’s Grandmother Emma would purchase him his first guitar. Thank you to Grandma for planting the rock and roll seed.

This week in 1969, The Who releases "Tommy" the first rock opera album.

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U2 Makes It To Number One For The First Time 27 Years Ago

This week in 1987, U2’s “With Or Without You” hit the #1 position on the US singles chart, the band’s first song to come in at #1. It would hold on to the top spot for three weeks.

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The Rolling Stones Launch Their Successful Career 50 Years Ago

It was this week in 1964,The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album hit the #1 spot on the charts in England and would hold that position for 12 weeks. The album would spend almost a year (51 weeks) on the U.K. charts.

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38 Years Ago The Rest Of The Country Finds Out About Bob Seger

It was this week in 1976, that “Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band” began to breakout nationwide with their album “Live Bullet" entering the charts on its way #34. It would stay on the album charts for 168 weeks.

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A Beatles Record That Features None Of Them On Instruments

This week in 1966, The Beatles were in the recording studio in London laying down the vocal tracks for "Eleanor Rigby". This song features none of The Beatles playing an instrument.

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38 Years Ago Everbody Was Singing Oh Mama Mia, Mama Mia

It was this week in 1976, that one of the great rock & roll sing along tunes of all time Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody” was happening nationwide topping out at #9 on the record charts.

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Ozzy OsbourneTakes On The World Without Black Sabbath 33 Years Ago

It was this week in 1981, after leaving Black Sabbath; Ozzy Osbourne releases his first solo album, "Blizzard Of Ozz". Eventually the collection would make it up to #21 on the U.S. music charts and sell over four million copies.

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Buffalo Springfield Goes Public 48 Years Ago

This week in 1966, Buffalo Springfield the band that introduced us to Neil Young, and Stephen Stills performed for the first time in public when they opened in San Bernardino, California for The Byrds featuring David Crosby.

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44 Years Ago Fleetwood Mac Tells Peter Green Oh Well

This week in 1970, guitarist Peter Green part of the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac decides to quit the group to follow his religious beliefs. Because Fleetwood Mac had become so successful and making lots of money he asked the band to donate most of their earnings to charity.

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35 Years Ago Bob Seger Takes Those Old Records Off The Shelf

This week in 1979, Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" hit the charts and would make it up to #28. The song came back on the scene in 1983, when it was featured in the movie "Risky Business", starring Tom Cruise.

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37 Years Ago The Eagles Check In To The Hotel California

This week in 1977, The Eagles “Hotel California” album hit #1 on the charts and would hold that position for eight weeks. At last count it’s sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This was the fifth album from The Eagles and would solidify their rock stardom.

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