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.