Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: October 8 in Classic Rock History

Dire Straits played the Boston Garden on this night in 1985. “Brothers in Arms” was #1 around the world and album boasted a unique statistic in its digital release. What was that distinction?

ANSWER: It was the first album to sell at least a million copies on CD and also outsell its vinyl counterpart.

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for October 8, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • On this day in 1969, “Abbey Road” got to #1 on the English charts.
  • In ’75, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album was certified gold for sales of 500,000 units.
    Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” album hit the stores in 1979. It was released weeks ahead of schedule when songs from the album were leaked to FM radio stations.
  • Pink Floyd’s “Dark side of the Moon” album dropped off the Billboard Top 200 album chart after a record-setting 741 weeks – a record that still stands today.
  • And in 2002, convicted killer Mark David Chapman, in prison for the murder of John Lennon since 1980, went before the New York State Parole Board asking for an early release.  He was denied.
  • Checking the WZLX ticket stash: Dire Straits played the Boston Garden in 1985. In 1987, the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute, reuniting the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny Van Zandt on vocals, reached the Worcester Centrum. And in 1992, KISS played the Centrum (minus the makeup).

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