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This Day In Classic Rock

It was today in 1966 a former U.S. Army Green Beret medic, Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler began a 5-week run at #1 on the U.S. Singles chart with “The Ballad of the Green Berets”. While recovering from an infected feces-covered-punji-stick wound, Sadler promised himself that if he indeed recovered, he would give away the rights to the song, which he did.

It was today in 1971 that Led Zeppelin started a 12-show “Thank You” tour for British fans, playing the same clubs…and charging the same admission…they had on their first tour in 1968. Tonight’s show in Belfast, Northern Ireland, marked the first time songs from their 4th album…including “Rock and Roll”, “Black Dog”, “Going to California”, and “Stairway to Heaven”… were played live.

Comedian, actor, singer, and occasional punk rock drummer John Belushi died from an overdose of heroin and cocaine at a hotel in Hollywood today in 1982.  He was 33.

It was today in 1994 that Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick was arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and 3 month’s worth of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

And it was today in 2002 that MTV ran the first episode of “The Osbournes” featuring Black Sabbath’s frontman Ozzy “Prince Of Darkenss” Osbourne, his manager / wife Sharon, and two of their three children in what would become known as “reality” situations, however Ozzy’s son Jack said later that Ozzy was heavily sedated during tapings.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Dire Straits keyboard player Alan Clark is 60

Welcome to Monday…be safe, Crowski

It was always better live:

Sgt. Barry Sadler could have used a double-necked Gibson SG:

Bloopers and outtakes from “The Osbournes?  I thought the whole show was a blooper:

I don’t know why this so funny, but it is:


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