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42 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Released The HELLO AMERICA Single In The UK

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Def Leppard released their classic single Hello America in the UK 42 years ago on this day in 1980.

The first single to be released ahead of the debut album 'On Through The Night'.

The single was released on 8th February 1980 while the band were on their six week UK club tour.

The release date has been corrected from 21st February via the original Phonogram press release.

The debut album would follow just over five weeks later in mid March.

This single would eventually reach Number 45 on the UK charts and almost give the band it's first hit single.

The Top of The Pops playback performance filmed shortly before the album's release would not be shown.

This was due to the single not entering the main UK Top 40 chart which the show concentrated on.

The song was a brand new recording from the album sessions a Starling Studios in Ascot, England produced by (Colonel) Tom Allom.

The 1979 'Wasted' single had included the first (Nick Tauber produced) version which was recorded in September 1979 in London, England at Olympic Studios.

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