Led Zeppelin On This Day April 28th 1982. The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”
Other interesting things that happened on this day in music history.
1968 – Hair
The Broadway musical Hair opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.
1969 – Chicago
The self-titled, debut album by Chicago Transit Authority was released. For their next album, the group shorten their name to Chicago. The group was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year and the album stayed on the Billboard 200 for 171 weeks, beating the previous record for a rock album’s longevity of 155 weeks.
1973 – Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon went to No.1 in the US. The album went on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 discontinuous weeks on the Billboard chart, and has now sold over 45 million copies world-wide. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks there, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.
1976 – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the Grand Ole Opry at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, the first time a rock band has played the Opry since The Byrds in 1968.
1978 – FM
The movie FM, about a radio station with a motley collection of DJs was released in the US. Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and REO Speedwagon all appeared in the film. The theme song from the movie Steely Dan’s ‘FM (No Static at All)’ won engineers Al Schmitt and Roger Nichols the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording.
1979 – Blondie
Taken from the band’s third studio album, Parallel Lines, Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ was at No.1 on the US chart, the first of their four chart-toppers in the US. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein wrote an early version of ‘Heart of Glass’, called ‘Once I Had a Love’, in 1974–75. This original version was inspired by The Hues Corporation’s hit disco song ‘Rock the Boat’.
1980 – Tommy Caldwell
Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injuries from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Caldwell was the original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.
1981 – Steve Currie
Former T. Rex member Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.
Led Zeppelin On This Day April 28th 1982