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CDJ Today: March 22 in Classic Rock

Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band from the album cover for the Live at Fillmore East recording.

March 22, 1974 – The Eagles release On the Border, their third studio album. It’s the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder.

March 22, 1971 – The Allman Brothers Band is arrested on charges of heroin and marijuana possession in Jackson, AL.   It was their first bust all together, though a roadie had recently been shot off his motorcycle by two cops in another brush with the law. The charges were later reduced to disturbing the peace and the band paid over $5,000 in fines and expenses.

March 22, 1982 – Iron Maiden release their third studio album, The Number of the Beast, their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.

Classic Rock Birthdays

March 22, 1943 – Keith Relf (born William Keith Relf), vocals (The Yardbirds) (d. 1976)
March 22, 1948 – Randy Hobbs, bass (The McCoys, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Montrose) (d. 1993)
March 22, 1979 – Aaron Wright North, guitar (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age)

Rock Remembrances

March 22, 2005 – Rod Price dies after falling down a stairway at his home while suffering a heart attack.  He was 57.  Price was the original guitarist in Foghat, known as the “Slide King of Rock And Roll.”  Price played on Foghat’s first ten albums.

March 22, 1996 – Don Murray dies from post-operative complications for ulcer surgery.  He was 50.  Murray was the drummer in The Turtles.

March 22, 1994 – Dan Hartman dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut.  He was 43.  Hartman was a singer, songwriter and producer  who had also been a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit “Free Ride.” His biggest single was “I Can Dream About You,” which was featured on his album of the same name as well as the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984.

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