Today in Music History: Led Zeppelin had six albums on the Billboard Chart

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Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, in 1970. (Roger Jackson/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1975, Led Zeppelin had all six of their albums in the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Among those six [Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975)], Physical Graffiti was at number one. Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart, and various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide.

Also, Today In:

1966 - Mick Jagger was injured during a Rolling Stones gig in France after a fan threw a chair at the stage. Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.

1967 - The Beatles recorded "With a Little Help from My Friends" at Abbey Road Studios in London.

1973 - Shortly after having a hit with Shel Silverstein's "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show were on the cover of Rolling Stone in caricature.

1978 - Tina Turner officially divorced from husband Ike. She took nothing from the partnership, but revived her career with a startling comeback in the early '80s.

1979 - Supertramp released their sixth album Breakfast in America which went on to become their most successful album selling four million copies in the U.S. and reaching number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for six weeks.

1980 - Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon spent its 303rd consecutive week on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, breaking the record set by Carole King's Tapestry for longest stay on the Billboard 200.

1982 - Iron Maiden released their third studio album, The Number of the Beast, their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them.

1985 - Madonna's first film, "Desperately Seeking Susan", debuted.

1999 - "The David Bowie Internet Radio Network" broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show played Bowie's favorite songs with Bowie introducing each track.

2001 - Brian Wilson was honored in a three-hour tribute at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boys songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann.

2005 - Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York.

2006 - Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

2007 - U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. He was not entitled to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen. The singer's new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).

Birthdays:

Chad Allan, guitarist for The Guess Who, is 73.

Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis ("Chariots Of Fire") is 73.

Bobby Kimball of Toto is 69.

Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction is 57.

John Popper of Blues Traveler is 49.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, and Wikipedia.


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