This group actually did what they sang about in their best known song... -- How Zimmy picks his backing bands... -- New LP chart record set by none other than...

Mark Knopfler Performs in Concert in Madrid
Mark Knopfler; in concert, Madrid, Spain, July 2010. (Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)

3/29/1973 (46 years ago today) - They finally make it, press-wise: After their hit, "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone", burst its way into The Top Ten (peaking at No. 6), Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show really do get their picture on the front of the legendary magazine! Accordingly, the members of the group go out and buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said. True!

3/29/1979 (40 years ago today) - When his assistant manager played him "Sultans Of Swing", he just had to hunt this band down: Bob Dylan attends a Dire Straits show during their residency at L.A.'s Roxy and afterwards asks guitarist Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album -- Of course, if Bob makes a request you say yes without even knowing what you're getting into (that's the fun part), but this time the project turns out to be "Slow Train Coming", the start of his more-than-somewhat controversial phase of becoming a born again Christian -- Also quite notably, the LP is produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler and recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in May of '79. What could go wrong?

3/29/1980 (39 years ago today) - Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" spends its 303rd week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the record set by Carole King's 1971 No. 1 LP "Tapestry". Ultimately, "Dark Side" stays on the charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other recording in chart history! Think about it: even right now, on a daily basis all over the world, someone is buying a copy because they've just discovered this record. Amazing to think about...

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