On This Date, November 8th in 1971: Led Zeppelin released their fourth album, Led Zeppelin IV which contained the massive hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” The album would reach number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and sell 23 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the third biggest selling album in U.S. history.
On This Date, April 21st in 1978: Sandy Denny (born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny) of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention died of a cerebral hemorrhage, one month after falling down a flight of stairs at a friend’s house. She was 31 years old. Denny has the distinction of being the only guest singer, ever, on a Led Zeppelin album, having contributed co-vocals with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin IV’s “Battle of Evermore.”
15 Albums That Changed My Life is one of the more interesting notes that are going around on FaceBook right now, and I felt compelled to share it on the ‘Gig. What you’re supposed to do is make a list of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you’re over 40) that had such a profound effect on you that they, literally, changed your life. It wasn’t hard for me to think of that many. In fact, it was hard to limit it to just fifteen. The glaring omission of any album released after 1987 certainly says something about the lack of vital, ass-kicking, earth shaking rock released since that time. Sometimes it’s advantageous to be an old fart. Here’s my list, kind of in chronological order but undoubtedly with MANY omissions.
1. The Beatles – Help! (Original Soundtrack)
2. Led Zeppelin 4
4. The Who – Who’s Next
6. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
7. Peter Gabriel – Wet Windshield (First Solo Album)
8. Queen – A Night at the Opera
9. Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits (original band)
10. Buzzcocks – Love Bites
12. Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
13. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
14. Blur – Park Life
15. Guns & Roses – Appetite for Destruction