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Happy Birthday Joan Jett

Marty’s photo of the day #2664: Happy 60th birthday to Joan Jett. I took this photo at an outdoor concert in Salt Lake City, when she was just a spring chicken of 58.

My Kevin Bacon connection to Joan Jett: One of her biggest hits, “Crimson and Clover,” was originally a Tommy James and the Shondells song. In my twenties, I was part owner of National Talent Associates, a Minneapolis-based talent agency. My partner, Mark Alan, managed Tommy James when his version of the song became a hit. Also, Joan Jett’s producer, Ritchie Cordell, produced Fairchild, one of the bands we managed, and I got to hang out in the studio and watch Ritchie work. So Joan Jett and I practically know each other.

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