Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

DEF LEPPARD...The Def Leppard E.P.  (1979)
The Def Leppard E.P. was released 35 years ago in January 1979.  According to Wikipedia this rare E.P. has a great history.  Here's the story: The Def Leppard E.P. is the debut EP by British rock band Def Leppard. The EP was recorded at Fairview Studios in Hull, in November 1978 and produced by Def Leppard.  One hundred copies included lyric sheet inserts that vocalist Joe Elliott had photocopied during his lunch-break at work. Additionally, he and his mother glued the 1,000 sleeves together. Released in January 1979, the single was sold for £1 at shows and was handed out to anyone who could help gain the band exposure. The first pressing had sold out by the summer. The band's first managers had the EP reissued with the yellow label and no picture sleeve. he EP was re-issued yet again in the late 1980s to Def Leppard fan club members with the picture sleeve intact, the tracks put back in their original order, and a white label replacing the yellow label.  Boy, I would love to hear this one!
(vinyl, Allmusic review)

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1964 The legendary Whisky A Go-Go opens on the Sunset Strip in LA, a venue where many famous rock acts performed, most notably the Doors
1976 Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton is released
1979 Gregg Allman and Cher are divorced
1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
1989 The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
1990 The Who are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
1991 The Byrds and John Lee Hooker are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
2004 The estate of George Harrison settles its lawsuit against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, who treated Harrison before he passed away November 29, 2001 (see January 6 and 7)
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