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CDJ Today: March 29 in Classic Rock

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin in 1977

March 29, 1975 – Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart at once: Physical Graffiti (#1), Led Zeppelin IV, House of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III.

March 29, 1979 – Supertramp release their sixth album Breakfast in America, which goes on to sell six million copies in the U.S. and win two Grammy Awards.

March 29, 1973 – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, who have a hit with “The Cover Of ‘Rolling Stone’,” appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.  Interestingly, the song was written by famed children’s author Shel Silverstein.

March 29, 2005 – Neil Young has surgery for a “dangerous brain aneurysm.” Young began experiencing blurred vision in New York after performing with The Pretenders at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Classic Rock Birthdays

March 29, 1959 – Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein), vocals (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros)
March 29, 1943 – Chad Allan (born Allan Peter Stanley Kowbel), vocals (The Guess Who)
March 29, 1947 – Bobby Kimball, vocals (Toto)
March 29, 1946 – Billy Thorpe, vocals (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (d. 2007)
March 29, 1967 – John Popper, vocals, harmonica (Blues Traveler)
March 29, 1944 – Terry Jacks, vocals, guitar “Seasons in the Sun”
March 29, 1956 – Patty Donahue, vocals (The Waitresses) (d. 1996)

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Rock Remembrances

March 29, 1985 – Jeanine Deckers, “The Singing Nun” (also known as Jeannine Deckers, Sœur Sourire (“Sister Smile”) and Sister Luc-Gabrielle) and her lover Annie Pécher die by suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol. Deckers was 52; Pécher was 41. The Singing Nun’s 1963 single “Dominique” sold over two million copies and won a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song.  Deckers and Pécher were despondent over the pending loss of a school they co-founded for autistic children because Belgian tax authorities claimed Deckers owed $63,000 in back taxes.

March 29, 2020 – Alan Merrill (born Allan Preston Sachs), lead singer of The Arrows, dies in Manhattan of COVID-19 related causes.  He was 69.  Merrill led quite an interesting life, first becoming a rock star in Japan, then as leader of the UK band, The Arrows, followed by three records with Rick Derringer, a solo album with Steve Winwood and Mick Taylor, a stint with Meatloaf, and the host and star of numerous TV shows.  He is most well-known as the writer and lead singer of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” recorded in 1975 with The Arrows and later made an international hit in 1982 by Joan Jett.

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