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Today in 1976, Led Zeppelin released their seventh studio album, Presence. The album was released by Swan Song Records and recorded during the band’s more tumultuous times when Robert Plant was recovering from a serious car accident. While guitarist Jimmy Page described the album as the band’s most important because it “proved that they would continue despite turmoil,” the album was the slowest-selling album to date.
A few years later, today’s date became notable for another big name – Genesis. Duke was the tenth studio album from the big time British rockers that was released in 1980. While it peaked at #11 here in the US, this album finally landed Genesis at the #1 slot in the U.K. charts on this day! The album went on to platinum status and added to the band’s development as they began to present a more mainstream sound while maintaining their progressive nature.
While April 5th marks great progress and career landmarks for those two acts, it marks the end of an era for one other. Today marks the death of Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain in 1994. When Cobain shot himself with a shotgun, it wasn’t until three days later that his body was discovered in his Lake Washington home by an electrician.