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This Day in Music History: March 23rd
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2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill married longtime girlfriend, filmmaker-actress Charleen McCrory at Tony’s Ballroom in Houston.


1985: John Fogerty reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time as a solo artist with Centerfield, which spent one week on top of the chart & went on to go double Platinum in the U.S.


1985: Billy Joel married supermodel Christine Brinkley on a boat alongside the Statue of Liberty. This was Joel’s second marriage and they would divorce in 1994.


1985: Journey peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Only the Young”, their fifth top ten single in the U.S.


1983: ZZ Top released their eighth studio album Eliminator which went on to reach number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell ten million copies in the U.S.


1980: Pat Benatar reached number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Heartbreaker” which was her first top forty single in the U.S.


1979: Van Halen released their second album Van Halen II, which went on to become their first album to reach the top ten of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at number six.


1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by immigration authorities. This began Lennon’s long fight to obtain his green card, which he received in 1976.


1969: 30,000 people attended the Rally for Decency at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Announcements that publicized the rally warned that “longhairs and weird dressers” won’t be let inside. The rally was held in response to Jim Morrison’s alleged pants-dropping incident in Miami a few weeks earlier.


Birthdays:
Ric Ocasek-singer & guitarist for The Cars born in 1949

 

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