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On this day in music history: March 20, 1982 - “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Written by Jake Hooker and Alan Merrill, it is the biggest hit for the New York City based rock band fronted by former Runaways guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett (real name Joan Marie Larkin). The song is originally recorded by Anglo/American rock band the Arrows in 1975. Jett hears the song while on tour with The Runaways in the UK. After they go their separate ways, Jett actually record the song twice. The first time is in 1979 with former Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The “hit” version of the song is cut with her band The Blackhearts and producers Ritchie Cordell and Kenny Laguna. Released as the first single in January of 1982, “I Love Rock 'N Roll” quickly becomes a radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #63 on February 6, 1982, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. Comedian “Weird Al” parodies the song on his first album as “I Love Rocky Road” (#106 Pop) in early 1983, even dressing like Jett in the accompanying music video and on the picture sleeve for the single. “I Love Rock 'N Roll” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.