On this day in music history: March 17, 1979 - “Desolation Angels”, the fifth studio album by Bad Company is released. Produced by Bad Company, it is recorded at Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey, UK from August - September 1978. The fifth full length release from the hard rocking British band takes its title from the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, and sees them at the peak of their commercial powers. It spins off two singles including “Gone, Gone, Gone” (#44 Pop) and their last major hit “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy” (#13 Pop). The band tour extensively in support of the album, playing huge stadiums around the world. By the time the follow up “Rough Diamonds” is released three years later, the once tight bands’ music and relationships go into a decline. Weary of the road and the pressures that go along with it, including the waning interest of manager Peter Grant (following Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s death), results in Bad Company also disbanding shortly afterward. Originally released on CD in 1988, the album is remastered and reissued in 1994, with limited edition Japanese CD pressings featuring mini-LP packaging issued in 2007 and 2010. “Desolation Angels” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.