On this Day in Music History: January 12, 1969

On this Day in Music History: January 12, 1969

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48 years ago, Led Zeppelin’s debut album, Led Zeppelin, was released in the United States by Atlantic Records. The album, which brought us “Good Times Bad Times,” peaked at No. 10 on Billboard. Critical reception to the album was lukewarm, but was a commercial success due to the band’s hard-rock sound which was gradually being adopted by the American and British counterculture. In 2004, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is currently ranked at #29 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

On this Day in Music History: January 5, 1979

On this Day in Music History: January 5, 1979

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On this day in 1979, funk-pop pioneer, Prince, made his solo performance debut in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. The concert took place at the historic Capri Theatre and a single ticket cost $4.75 at the door. Prince was only 20 years old and already signed with Warner Bros. However, executives from the label that attended the show told Prince he needed more time to further develop his music. In October of that same year, Prince released the album, Prince, containing hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” The album went Platinum. 

On this Day in Music History: December 29, 1956

On this Day in Music History: December 29, 1956

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On this day in 1956, celebrated Rock n Roll trailblazer, Fats Domino, sat atop the R&B music charts for the 11th week in a row with his timeless rendition of, “Blueberry Hill,” making it his most commercially successful recording. The song, written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock in 1940, was previously sung by Louis Armstrong. A New Orleans native, Domino was born in the Lower Ninth Ward, and stayed there through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 due to his wife’s poor health. Many believed he had died in the massive flooding, but Domino and his wife were eventually airlifted by U.S. Coast Guard helicopters. He has rebuilt his home and resides there to this day.

On this Day in Music History: December 22, 1958

On this Day in Music History: December 22, 1958

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58 years ago today, The Chipmunks skyrocketed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their Christmas-comedy classic, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late).” The song was written and performed by Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville) using a tape recorder that would allow him to vary the speed of his audio, creating the high-pitched vocals we now know as “Alvin,” “Simon,” and “Theodore.” The single won Bagdasarian 2 Grammys…no word whether or not Alvin ever received his beloved hula hoop.

On this Day in Music History: December 15, 1997

On this Day in Music History: December 15, 1997

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This day in 1997, the movie Spice World, starring the 90’s most beloved girl pop group, The Spice Girls (best known for their smash hit, “Wannabe,” in case you forgot) premiered in the U.K. Despite receiving an abundance of negative, critical reviews, the movie was a box office success, mainly due to the group’s mega popularity at the time. The film went on to break box office records in the US, racking in a total of $100 million dollars worldwide. Girl Power!

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