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 from the radio.
Back then of course, the world made its way to the record store, in my case, National Record Mart in South Hills Village, to buy an album. Harking back, I think they were $5.99 or something. Getting home with new vinyl, the first song, “Good Times Bad Times“, foretold of things to come. It is still one of my all time favorites. 2 years. 4 albums, and 32 songs later, the other fab four Led Zeppelin gave us “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!
Do you have a favorite to add to my list? Don’t be shy. I would love to hear from you!
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- Greatest Vocalists in Rock #2: Robert Plant (wncx.cbslocal.com)
- Led Zeppelin Plays One of Its Earliest Concerts (Danish TV, 1969) (openculture.com)