Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 11

Carter Alan /

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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