First tracks on debut albums

Good Times Bad Times album cover by Led Zeppelin

Good Times Bad Times album cover by Led Zeppelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was having a discussion with a guitar playing friend of mine the other night and we hit on Led Zeppelin’s first album. We were saying that the first time most of the general public ever heard Led Zeppelin was on the radio.  Then of course, the world made its way to the record store, in my case, National Record Mart at South Hills Village, and bought the album. I started looking at first tracks on debut albums and was surpirsed.

Getting home with new vinyl, the first song  was “Good Times Bad Times”, still one of my all time favorites. LZ then made us wait 32 songs over 4 albums and 2 years to hear “Stairway to Heaven.” That got me thinking about first tracks on debut albums. I thought I would share with you a list I made.

Rolling Stones Route 66 1964
Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady 1966
Eric Clapton Slunky 1970
Beatles I Saw Her Standing There 1963
Janis Joplin Bye, Bye Baby 1967
The Who Out in the Street 1965
Led Zeppelin Good Times Bad Time 1969
Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes 1956
Eric Burdon & The Animals House of the Rising Sun 1964
Stevie Ray Vaughn Love Struck Baby 1983
Doobie Brothers Nobody 1971
Allman Brothers Don’t Want You No More 1969
Deep Purple And The Address 1968

It is surprising that some of the first tracks were hits right away and some artists took a while before they became firmly rooted in the Rock/ Blues explosion of the 60′s.  I was surprised that Elvis’ first track was Blue Suede Shoes. I guess you have to start somewhere. Some first tracks of big name artists don’t register with us right away. Can anyone hum the first part of Slunky? Thought so!

If you want to add your band’s first track to my list, just add a comment.

Thanks and Cheers!

DP

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