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|
|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|
|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!
- Five Lessons From Music’s Most Feared Manager, Led Zeppelin’s Peter Grant (businessweek.com)
- Quick Fact – Elvis Presley “Blue Suede Shoes” (joetroiano.wordpress.com)
- Alfred Releases Newly Transcribed Led Zeppelin Guitar TAB Songbooks Containing Unprecedented Accuracy (prweb.com)
- BIMM Launching Scholarship Named After Legendary LED ZEPPELIN Manager Peter Grant (bravewords.com)
- The Track That Rocked My Week (dontleavetowngavin.com)
- The Top 3 Best Led Zeppelin Songs Of All Time – And Why (psychedelichippiemusic.blogspot.com)
- the famous last dance (justfortherecords.wordpress.com)
- Music History Class – Whole Lotta Love (dontleavetowngavin.com)
- Presty the DJ for May 11 (steveprestegard.com)