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37 Years Ago Def Leppard's ON THROUGH THE NIGHT Album At #15 In UK

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

On Through The Night 1980.

Def Leppard's classic debut album On Through The Night reached Number 15 on the UK Top 100 chart on this day in 1980.

The band's first studio album was released on 14th March 1980 and entered the chart on this day at its peak position of 18.

It would spend eight weeks on the chart. Spending two weeks at Number 15 after entering at 64.

It spent five weeks in all inside the Top 40, three in the Top 20 and fell off the chart in early May.

This would be the band's highest charting UK album until 'Hysteria' entered at Number One over seven years later in August 1987.

Johnny Mathis was at Number One on this day with his album 'Tears And Laughter' which was the highest new entry.

Other rock acts on the chart that week included The Police (8 and 13), Sammy Hagar (12), Rainbow (17), Rush (28) and Uriah Heep (39).

UK Album Chart - 29th March 1980

  • 01 - Johnny Mathis - Tears And Laughter
  • 02 - Rose Royce - Greatest Hits Rose Royce
  • 03 - Marti Webb - Tell Me On A Sunday
  • 04 - Status Quo -12 Gold Bars
  • 05 - The Shadows - String Of Hits
  • 15 - Def Leppard - On Through The Night - (Peak Position)

On Through The Night - October 1988 MTV Special Band Quotes

Steve Clark - "We recorded the first album at Startling Studios, which is owned by Ringo Starr in Ascot. And we had a real lot of fun making that record. That's why it sounds like it does."

Rick Savage - "It's a vague memory doing the record because it was the first time. It's like 'so this is what it's like to be in the music business' sort of thing."

Rick Allen - "I think we drank far too much."

Rick Savage - "We used to get drunk every night and still try and record. And it's like totally young kids playing at being musicians and I think that's how it sounded to me."

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