Mar 22 – 28: Historic events this week from ZZ Top, Wings, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan and Alice Cooper
MARCH 23, 1983: ZZ TOP RELEASE ELIMINATOR
ZZ Top’s biggest album, Eliminator, is a stunner.
Expanded use of synthesizers brought a New Wave sound that appealed to a wider audience.
Eliminator has gone 10x Platinum in the US thanks to the hits “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Got Me Under Pressure”, “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man”.
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MARCH 24, 1975: WINGS CELEBRATE VENUS AND MARS ALBUM ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY
Upon completing Venus and Mars, Wings celebrated with a party aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
Among the 200 invited guests were Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye and Cher.
George Harrison’s attendance marked his first public appearance with McCartney since the Beatles broke up.
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MARCH 25, 1977: NIGHT MOVES GOES PLATINUM
Seger’s 9th LP was his first studio album to be credited to Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.
Night Moves was propelled to Platinum status thanks to classic Seger standards such as “Rock & Roll Never Forgets”, “The Fire Down Below”, “Mainstreet” and the album’s title track.
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MARCH 25, 2001: BOB DYLAN WINS AN OSCAR
Two months after winning his first Best Original Song Golden Globe for “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys starring Michael Douglas, Dylan became an Academy Award winner in the same category.
He accepted the award in Sydney via satellite.
“I want to thank the members of the Academy who were bold enough to give me this award for this song, which obviously is a song that doesn’t pussyfoot around nor turn a blind eye to human nature” – Bob Dylan
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MARCH 28, 1978: ALICE COOPER ON THE MUPPET SHOW
Hesitant to appear on The Muppet Show, because he didn’t want to soften the “Alice Cooper” character, he agreed after being told recent guests had included Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.
Acting as an agent of the Devil, he offers The Muppets fame & fortune if they’ll just sell their souls to him.