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MAR 24: Today in 1972, America was at #1 with "A Horse With No Name". 🐴It was their first and most successful song. The tune has been certified gold by the RIAA. Originally, the song was called "Desert Song". The writer Dewey Bunnell said that part of the inspiration for the song was memories from his childhood trips to Arizona and New Mexico when his family was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. During the recording of the demos, they tried to capture the feel of the hot desert depicted in a Salvador Dali painting at the studio. The song was banned on some radio stations for supposed drug references.🚫
MAR 25: Happy Birthday to Elton John! 🎂🎤Born today in 1947, he began his life as Reginald Kenneth Dwight. John’s accomplishments are incredible - sales of over 300 million records worldwide, over 50 Top 40 hits, seven consecutive #1 albums, and holds the record for the best-selling single of all time, “Candle In The Wind 1997”, which sold 38 million copies! He is currently in the midst of a three-year farewell tour. 🕶
MAR 26: Happy Birthday to Steven Tyler!🎂🎶 The legendary Aerosmith frontman was born today in 1948. Around 1969, Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton decides to form a band and Aerosmith was born. In the mid-1970s the band’s popularity increased and Tyler was now a rock star and sex symbol. His screaming vocals and large range set him apart from other singers. Throughout his career, Tyler has gone through severe ups and downs with injuries and drug addiction, which he has sought treatment for and is in recovery. Today, he and his band mates have a residency in Las Vegas and Tyler shows no signs of stopping rocking!
MAR 27: On this day in 1966, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while in England. He fractured his foot and played his remaining shows in England sitting on a stool and using crutches!
MAR 28: On this day in 1981, Blondie was at #1 with”Rapture”. It was the first US #1 to feature rap vocals! The song’s mix of the genres of disco, funk, and hip hop was nearly unheard of at the time. A few songs of the early 80s featured rap and vocals but “Rapture” had more than just rap it had Debbie Harry!
MAR 28: Today in 1992, Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows at The Irvine Amphitheatre to come up on stage. A couple other rows took him up on the offer and the band was forced off the stage. Also, a total of $100,000 in damage was incurred by the stunt!🤘😮
MAR 29: On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin had all six of their albums in the US Top 100 in the same week!😮 That is one crazy feat!!!💿💿💿💿💿💿
MAR 30: Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton, born today in 1945! 🎂🎸 Clapton is the only three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He was influenced by the blues from an early age and began playing guitar in his teens. A diligent Clapton practiced for hours and even recorded his practice sessions, so that he could listen to them and get the parts right. In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds. During his tenure with the Yardbirds, he was given his nickname "Slowhand." The audience would wait out the delay by doing a slow handclap. Clapton has amassed 18 Grammys, numerous awards and honors, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide!
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