July 25, 1980, celebrates one of the greatest-selling albums of all time: AC/DC’s Back in Black.
This is their seventh studio album and has sold more than 50 million albums world wide. It’s an amazing accomplishment, especially since it’s the band’s first album after the passing of Bon Scott five months earlier.
The band recorded the album April through May of that year to be released in July, and doing this with an amazing new singer to replace a beloved Bon Scott. Can you imagine the pressure that was put on Brian Johnson> Rock staples like “Hells Bells,” “Shoot to Thrill,” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track “Back in Black” make up 10 rocking songs, all recorded at the famous Electric Lady Studio in New York.
In 1980, I was working at a roller rink and starting off radio at my high school radio station. The album was so well-received- it was incredible. Everyone owned a copy of the album. What’s funny that is it’s one of the albums in my collection that I have more than one copy of, at last check. I don’t know why, but I have six copies of Back in Black. Not only albums, but I own the cassette and a track version of the album. My personal favorite song off the album has to be “Shoot to Thrill.” It’s the type of song that really makes you drive a lot faster in your car.
Happy birthday, Back in Black!