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John Lennon and Yoko Ono, New York City, 1972

David Johansen from the New York Dolls at Max’s Kansas City, NYC, 1970s

The Doors photographed by Joel Brodsky in New York City, 1967

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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.


On this day in music history: May 10, 1984 - “Stay Hungry”, the third studio album by Twisted Sister is released. Produced by Tom Werman, it is recorded at Cherokee Studios, Westlake Audio in Hollywood, CA and The Record Plant in New York City from Late 1983 - Early 1984. Having played together with various line ups since 1972, Twisted Sister record and release their first album “Under The Blade” for indie label Secret Records in 1982. While promoting that release in the UK they make an appearance on the popular music show The Tube, which attracts the attention of Atlantic Records who sign them on the strength of that performance. They record their second full length “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll” with producer Stuart Epps released in June of 1983. It performs well enough for the label to allow them to follow it up. Now paired with veteran rock producer Tom Werman (Blue Öyster Cult, Mötley Crüe, Cheap Trick), the end result is the most successful album of Twisted Sister’s career. It spins off three singles including “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (#21 Pop, #20 Mainstream Rock), and “I Wanna Rock” (#68 Pop, #35 Mainstream Rock). Those singles are supported by memorable and humorous music videos directed by Marty Callner (Aerosmith, Cher) featuring the band with actor Mark Metcalf (“Animal House”). In 2009, the album is remastered and reissued as a two CD deluxe edition to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its original release. The first disc contains the original nine song album, with disc two features eighteen additional tracks, including previously unreleased demos, outtakes, a radio spot recorded for Los Angeles station KMET, and one new track. It is also concurrently reissued as vinyl LP, pressed on bubblegum pink and translucent pink vinyl and packaged with a poster. “Stay Hungry” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.