Today in rock history; Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast, Dylan Bringing It All Back Home and more

Zappa says "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," either.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1974, Frank Zappa released what would become his most commercially successful album, Apostrophe. The album was the comedic rocker’s 18th album and was a surprise hit in that the record was Zappa’s first album to reach the top 10 of Billboard’s pop albums chart. An unlikely single was culled from “Apostrophe” — the hilarious “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” received mainstream FM rock radio airplay although in an edited version. Considered to be one of Zappa’s most defining records, Apostrophe and its predecessor, 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation featured many of the same musicians and guest artists and are often referred to as two of Frank Zappa’s very best albums of his long and illustrious career.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1982, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden released its third album, The Number of the Beast. The record is significant in that it was the first to feature powerhouse lead singer Bruce Dickinson who took over lead vocal duties after the band parted ways with its original singer, Paul Di’Anno. A tremendous success in England, the record was the first Iron Maiden record to go to No. 1 in their homeland as well as being the first to reach the top 40 in America. The record features the hit singles “Run To the Hills” as well as the album’s title track which helped establish the band as the leading metal band in Britain. In America, the band was accused of being Satanists by conservative groups who launched protests against them. Instead of hurting the band, the controversy helped the band gain notoriety as well as increasing record sales.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1963, Great Britain saw the release of the very first-ever Beatles album, Please Please Me. The band had scored two hit singles in the U.K. with “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me” in advance of its first full-length album, which was very highly anticipated after the success of those singles. Besides the appearance of those two hits on the record, the album features other Fab Four classics like “I Saw Her Standing There,” “P.S. I Love You” as well as their versions of “Twist and Shout” which was a hit for The Isley Brothers the year before the Beatles released its cover of it. As expected, the record was a massive hit in England and topped the British charts for a whopping 30 weeks. The record was knocked off the top spot of the English charts by the band’s follow up album, With The Beatles, which was released in November 1963.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released his milestone fifth album, Bringing it All Back Home. While making his transition from acoustic, folk artist to electric rocker, the album fantastically documented the musical shift of one of the most influential and admired musical artists of all time. A major turning point in Dylan’s career, the record was incredibly successful and popular among those who welcomed Bob’s new look and sound as opposed to the folk purists who’d written him off due to his decision to delve into rock and roll and leave his folk roots behind. Often cited as being one of the best rock albums of all time, the record is chock full of Dylan classics and essential songs. Besides the hit single “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” other singles from the record included “Maggie’s Farm” and “Gates of Eden”. Also appearing on the album was “Mr. Tambourine Man” which became a massive hit for California-based country rock band The Byrds later in April of 1965. The record reached No. 6 on American sales charts and went all the way to No. 1 in England where Dylan’s popularity was thriving. A million selling record in the States, Bringing it All Back Home was Bob Dylan’s most successful album at the time and paved the way for a string of essential, integral albums he’d release throughout the 1960s and beyond.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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