48 years ago today, a couple of guys named John and Robert performed their first-ever gig in London with a musical endeavor they called the Band of Joy. Within a few months, the joy had apparently left the band, but even after their disbanding, John and Robert continued to play together in a new group. Perhaps you’ve heard of them: they were called Led Zeppelin.
John Bonham and Robert Plant first crossed paths in 1965, when Bonham joined the ranks of Plant’s band at the time, the Crawling King Snakes. That particular band may not have lasted for the long haul, but by 1966 Plant was fronting the Band of Joy, at least for a little while. His stint didn’t last very long due to disagreements between him and the band’s management, so he tried to start his own Band of Joy, a plan which seems destined for failure, as indeed it proved to be.
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22 years ago today, Texas-born country crooner Neal McCoy released his third studio album, which turned out to be the album that would transform him into a chart-topping superstar during the 1990s.
Born in Jacksonville, Texas, McCoy got his big break in 1981 after entering a talent contest hosted by Janie Fricke – a country superstar in her own right – and walking away with the sweet taste of victory on his lips, not to mention a highly valuable prize: the opportunity to open for Charley Pride. Up to that point in his career, McCoy was still going by his real name, Neal McGaughey, but as he was understandably concerned about people mangling the pronunciation, he opted for a phonetic spelling instead: McGoy.
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