This Week In Classic Rock History

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Mar 28 – Apr 4: Historic events this week from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and Traffic

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MARCH 29, 1975: 6 ALBUMS ON BILLBOARD CHARTS AT ONE TIME

Led Zeppelin became the first band in history to have six albums at once on the Billboard Albums chart.

The albums and their chart position were:

  • #124: Led Zeppelin III
  • #116: Led Zeppelin
  • #104: Led Zeppelin II
  • #92: Houses of the Holy
  • #83: “Led Zeppelin IV”
  • #1: Physical Graffiti

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MARCH 30, 1967: SGT. PEPPER’S COVER SHOOT

The most iconic album cover of all time, had a very simple concept.

I offered the idea that if they had just played a concert in the park, the cover could be a photograph of [them] just after the concert with the crowd who had just watched the concert… it could be a magical crowd of whomever they wanted. – Photographer, Peter Blake

Among the Beatles’ “invited guests” were Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe

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MARCH 31, 2000: SPRINGSTEEN’S FEATURE FILM DEBUT

The character of Rob Gordon in High Fidelity is a music obsessive and relates everything in his life to music. (He even owns a record store).

Springsteen makes his feature film debut as Rob’s musical guide through his Top 5 failed relationships.

You call, you ask them how they are and see if they’ve forgiven you…That’s what you’re looking for, you know, get ready to start again.

It’d be good for you. Give that big final good luck and goodbye to your all time top-five and just move on down the road. – Bruce Springsteen: High Fidelity

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APRIL 2, 1967: STEVE WINWOOD FORMS TRAFFIC

After leaving The Spencer Davis Group at 19, Steve Winwood formed Traffic.

Along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and guitarist Dave Mason, they immediately began recording their debut album.

Despite intermittent lineup changes, Traffic would release 7 albums from 1967-1974 including the classics Traffic (1968) and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971).

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APRIL 4, 1964: BEATLES MAKE HISTORY ON BILLBOARD HOT 100

For the first and only time in Billboard history, one artist controlled the top 5 spots of the Hot 100. 

  • #1: “Can’t Buy Me Love
  • #2: “Twist and Shout”
  • #3: “She Loves You”
  • #4: “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • #5: “Please Please Me”

In addition to that impressive feat, the Hot 100 also included seven more Beatles songs:

  • #34: “I Saw Her Standing There”
  • #41: “From Me to You”
  • #46: “Do You Want to Know a Secret”
  • #58: “All My Loving”
  • #65:“You Can’t Do That”
  • #68: “Roll Over Beethoven”
  • #79: “Thank You Girl”

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