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May 10th marks the birth of two music legends, John Ritchie in 1957and Paul Hewson in 1960. Never heard of them? Well, they grew up to be Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Bono of U2, respectively. Bono was born in Dublin, Ireland, while Vicious was born in London, England.
This same day in 1969 marked a very important event in the career of Led Zeppelin. Forty-four years ago today, Zeppelin hit the U.K album charts for the first time with their self-titled debut album. Led Zeppelin charted at #6, and went on to remain on the chart for another seventy weeks. It debuted on the American charts a week later at #10. This absolutely stacked introduction to Zeppelin featured some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded, including “Dazed and Confused,” “How Many More Times,” and “Communication Breakdown.”
On a sadder note, on May 10, 1999, Chicago born folk singer and songwriter, children’s author, poet, and illustrator, Shel Silverstein passed away from a heart attack at his home in the Florida Keys at the age of 68. Among many beloved children’s books, Silverstein also wrote “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash, which won him a songwriting Grammy award in 1970 for Best Country Song.