Back In Black Album By AC/DC. Do You Own It?

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This week in music history August 9, 1980, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]AC/DC[/lastfm] scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Back In Black’. It was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, (who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33), and was dedicated to him. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest selling album of all time, and the best selling hard rock or heavy metal album, as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.  Click “more” to learn other interesting facts, this week in music history.


This Week in Music Over the Years (August 7 – August 13)

August 7, 2007 - [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lily Allen[/lastfm] had her US work visa canceled after arriving at Los Angeles airport. The 22-year-old, who was due to tour America in September, had flown in for the MTV Video Music Awards launch. She was held at the airport for five hours in connection with an arrest for an alleged assault in London in June.

August 8, 1970[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Janis Joplin[/lastfm] bought a headstone for the grave of her greatest influence [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bessie Smith[/lastfm] at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. Blues singer Smith died in 1937 after being refused admission to a whites only hospital.

August 9, 1980 – AC/DC scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Back In Black’. It was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, (who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33), and was dedicated to him. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest selling album of all time, and the best selling hard rock or heavy metal album, as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.

August 10, 2008 – US singer-songwriter [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Isaac Hayes[/lastfm] died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.

August 11, 1984 -  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ray Parker JR.[/lastfm] started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session guitarist for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] was accused of plagiarizing the melody from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Huey Lewis and the News[/lastfm] song ‘I Want a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.

August 12, 2009 – Guitarist[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Les Paul[/lastfm] died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia. Paul is credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on sale in 1952 and contributed to the birth of rock. He also developed other influential recording innovations such as multi-track recording and overdubbing. In the early ’50s, Paul and his wife Mary Ford had a string of hits including ‘Mockin’ Bird Hill,’ ‘How High the Moon,’ and ‘Vaya Con Dios.’

August 13, 1994 – Members from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Verve[/lastfm] were arrested after smashing up a hotel bar and breaking into a church to steal communion wine. Both bands had been appearing at Hulsfred Festival in Sweden.

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