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On this day in music history: April 7, 1987 - “Whitesnake”, the seventh album by Whitesnake is released. Produced by Mike Stone and Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Mountain Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Goodnight LA Studios in Los Angeles, CA from September 1985 - November 1986. The band experience numerous setbacks before and after recording starts. Lead singer David Coverdale suffers a serious sinus infection that requires surgery (for a deviated septum) and significant recovery time. Drummer Cozy Powell and Coverdale’s working relationship also become strained, leading to Powell leaving band. He is replaced by veteran rock drummer Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Jefferson Starship). Once recording gets underway again in August of 1986, there are more changes along the way. They bring in additional musicians including guitarist Adrian Vandenburg, who is eventually asked to join the band. The album becomes their most successful spinning off five singles including “Here I Go Again” (#1 Pop), “Is This Love” (#2 Pop) and “Still Of The Night” (#79 Pop), all of which are supported with videos featuring David Coverdale’s then girlfriend (later wife), actress Tawny Kitaen. The European and US releases of the album differ from the former featuring a different running order and two additional tracks (“Looking for Love” and “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”), not included on the US pressing. Also, the songs “Here I Go Again” and “Crying In The Rain” are newly recorded versions originally released on the bands 1982 album “Saints And Sinners”. The album is remastered and reissued in 2007 for its twentieth anniversary as a CD + DVD deluxe edition. The CD features the original eleven song album with four additional live bonus tracks. The DVD disc includes all four of the original music videos made for the singles, plus four live performances. It is also remastered and reissued on white and black marbled vinyl in 2012. “Whitesnake” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.