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This Day in Rock History: October 5

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On this day in rock history, a trio of rock’s best-known acts reached historic firsts. AC/DC played their initial concert with Bon Scott, the Beatles issued their debut single, and the Police scored their original U.K. No. 1 album.

Scott would remain with AC/DC through his death in 1980, while Pete Best – the drummer on that first Beatles 45 – would soon be replaced by Ringo Starr. Every subsequent Police studio album would top the U.K. charts.

Meanwhile, Joe Jackson released his second studio effort, I’m a Man – and the Guess Who issued their second album of 1970, titled Share the Land. Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would become his third consecutive Billboard charttopping album. It eventually sold a whopping eight million copies in the U.S. alone.

The Who also released the soundtrack to Quadrophenia, not to be confused with two other similarly named projects. They earlier put out Quadrophenia in 1973, and then subsequently issued Quadrophenia Live in London in 2014.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
The Beatles release their first single, “Love Me Do” (1962)
AC/DC’s first show with Bon Scott (1974)

Album Anniversaries:
The Guess Who – Share the Land (1970)
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Joe Jackson – I’m the Man (1979)
The Who – Quadrophenia Soundtrack (1979)
The Police – Reggatta de Blanc (1979)
Joe Satriani – Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010)

AC/DC Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

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