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Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 11

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Drummer Martin Chambers (L) and singer Chrissie Hynde (R) of the Pretenders perform with the band at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC) on September 20, 2012. The band stopped for one show in the southern Chinese city before heading to Singapore to join a line up of other bands performing during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix weekend. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

Drummer Martin Chambers (L) and singer Chrissie Hynde (R) of the Pretenders perform with the band at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC) on September 20, 2012. The band stopped for one show in the southern Chinese city before heading to Singapore to join a line up of other bands performing during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix weekend. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

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In 1980, the self-titled first album from The Pretenders was released. What was their first Top 40 hit in the U.S.?

Answer: Brass in Pocket

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • 1969: Led Zeppelin’s debut album came out. The critics weren’t quick to embrace them, though, even Rolling Stone! Watch Carter Alan talk about it on “Carter’s Catalog.”
  • 1977: Keith Richards was convicted of cocaine possession by a London court and fined 1300 pounds. The charges stemmed from an auto accident involving the guitarist after which police found 130 grams of coke in his car.
  • 1980: The Pretenders self-titled debut album was released.
  • 1982: The J. Geils Band’s album “Freeze Frame” was certified platinum. Exactly one year later to the day, their live “Showtime” album went gold.
  • 1990: At an appearance at Wembley Stadium, Paul McCartney played many old Beatles standards, which he had avoided playing for years.
  • 1998: Bad weather forced The Rolling Stones concert in Montreal to be cancelled. A winter storm cut power to the city and ice pierced the roof of the Olympic Stadium where the band was scheduled to perform.
  • Checking the WZLX Ticket Stash: Alice Cooper performed at the Orpheum in 1972 and in 1979 Rush rocked the Music Hall.
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