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35 Years Ago: Jethro Tull’s ‘Heavy Horses’ Album Released

By 1978, Jethro Tull had been running for 10 years, and though their commercial fortunes and profile had soared with albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick,' the band was still at its creative peak, as its 11th album, 'Heavy Horses,' proves.

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15 Years Ago: Ron Wood Saved From Boat Fire

On April 8, 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued by paparazzi from a yacht fire. Seems the legendary guitarist was out on a boat trip near Brazil, as another boat of paparazzi was on the chase behind to try and score some candid photos. As the otherwise mellow excursion proceeded, Wood's boat suddenly burst into flames.

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Genesis
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35 Years Ago: Genesis Release ‘. . . And Then There Were Three . . .’

How exactly did Genesis, progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil? The group weathered the loss of key members and a shifting musical landscape to produce '. . . And Then There Were Three . . .,' the 1978 album that introduced a leaner three-man lineup and helped them move from prog toward the poppier sound that would define their career in the '80s.

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40 Years Ago: Humble Pie’s ‘Eat It’ Released

Steve Marriott and his boys in Humble Pie were firing on all cylinders at the start of 1973, fueled by the career-high No. 6 chart placing achieved by the previous year’s aptly named ‘Smokin’’ LP, which appeared to indicate the British group’s de facto conquest of America. Now all they had to do was top it.

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Talking Heads
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25 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ Final Album Released

In a way, Talking Heads’ eighth and final album, ‘Naked,’ was a reaction to Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland,’ which introduced world music to mainstream audiences in 1986. Then again, Talking Heads got there before Simon, incorporating African rhythms into their songs way back in 1980’s landmark ‘Remain in Light.’ But after 1983’s ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ which featured similar world-music junctures, and the massive world tour that followed, the group began scaling back.

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Fleetwood Mac
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40 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Penguin’

As 1972 rolled around, Fleetwood Mac were trying to re-invent themselves and move the band forward. 1973's 'Penguin' album would do exactly that -- but not before traveling a long, strange road.

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Paul McCartney
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35 Years Ago: Wings Release ‘London Town’

Paul McCartney was on a roll when he entered Abbey Road Studios in early 1977 to begin work on Wings’ sixth album. But he found it difficult to continue that winning streak with 'London Town,' which fell a little bit short despite a few good songs.

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Epic
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40 Years Ago: ‘Beck, Bogert & Appice’ Album Released

 

In an era rife with hastily assembled supergroups, the union of guitarist Jeff Beck, vocalist/bassist Tim Bogert and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice into a power trio named simply, uh, Beck, Bogert & Appice was unusually long-in-the making.

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Rhino Home Video
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45 Years Ago: ‘The Monkees” Final Episode Airs

On Monday, March 25, 1968, at 7:30PM, the final episode of 'The Monkees' aired over the NBC airwaves. When the television show about a rock and roll band premiered on Monday, Sept. 12, 1966, no one could have guessed the phenomenon it would become. Over the 18 months that followed, the fictitious band became a real band, and their records not only topped the charts, but even outsold the Beatles.

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40 Years Ago: John Lennon Ordered to Leave the US by Immigration Authorities

On March 23, 1973, John Lennon was issued an order by US immigration authorities to leave the United States. He was given 60 days to do so. The reason given for the deportation stemmed from his conviction in 1968 in England for possession of marijuana; however, as we now know, it had more to do with the Nixon administration's general fear of Lennon, his political views and his influence. Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, was, however, granted permanent residence at the time.

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Pink Floyd
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40 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The numbers attached to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ are pretty impressive. More than 50 million copies sold worldwide. Fifteen straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But Pink Floyd’s achievements with their eighth LP go deeper than that. In a way, their 1973 epic changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, there’s still no better head trip -- legally at least -- available.

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ZZ Top
Warner Bros. Records
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30 Years Ago: ZZ Top Release ‘Eliminator’

Very few classic rockers went through a transformation as jarring, or as triumphant, as ZZ Top did 30 years ago today (March 23, 1983) with the release of 'Eliminator.'

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