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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Release Their First Album

This may seem obvious, but Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut, which arrived in U.K. record shops 45 years ago today, is an album full of firsts, beyond the ‘I’ frequently tacked onto its title nowadays.

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Take a Walk Down Memory Lane as Wendy’s Classic ‘Where the Beef?’ Commercial Turns 30 [VIDEOS]

Long before the Dell dude, the Budweiser wassup guys or Jared there was Clara Peller.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Quits the Beatles

In early 1969, while their fans were still swooning over the recently released White Album, the Beatles were holed up in London's Twickenham Studios, trying to figure out their next move. These famously fractious sessions eventually produced the band's final studio release, 'Let It Be' -- but not before bringing long-simmering tensions between the group's members to a raging boil.

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40 Years Ago: Faces Release Final Album, ‘Live – Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners’

For a band that thrived onstage, and whose live performances are legendary, it's a shame that the only official concert document of the Faces is the less-than-stellar 'Live - Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners.' Released on Jan. 10, 1974, as the group was about ready to call it quits, the album captures the Faces in typically ramshackle form during a pair of California shows from late 1973.

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45 Years Ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival Release ‘Bayou Country’

January 1969 announced the big-time arrival of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the unassuming, denim-and-flannel-clad quartet comprised of brothers John and Tom Fogerty and pals Stu Cook and Doug Clifford.

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39 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

Early 1975 was an exciting time for Led Zeppelin fans, with an upcoming tour and the impending release of the band's sixth LP, 'Physical Graffiti.' Unfortunately, a particularly passionate contingent of Zep-heads in Boston got a little out of hand on Jan. 6, 1975, unwittingly botching the group's chances of ever performing in the city again.

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10 Years Ago: Ray Davies Shot

Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America. His love of blues, country, jazz, and a number of other genres helped him find his musical muse again during a trip to New Orleans in 2004. However, the famous city also gave him something else: a bullet wound in his leg.

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41 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Released

It would take a few years before anybody realized it, but 41 years ago today (Jan. 5) a rock and roll revolution was launched from an unlikely place. Bruce Springsteen's debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,' was released upon an unsuspecting world on Jan. 5, 1973.

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47 Years Ago: The Doors’ Debut Album Released

When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member of the quartet could abruptly swerve toward a new direction and the others would follow without missing a beat.

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30 Years Ago: Van Halen Debut ‘Jump’ Video

By waiting until January 1984 to release their '1984' LP, Van Halen broke an impressive one-album-a-year streak that dated back to 1978 -- but they made up for it by picking up their first No. 1 single in the U.S. with the record's lead-off single, 'Jump.'

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Two Virgins’ Seized by Police

It's arguably the most controversial album cover in rock 'n' roll history, and, if authorities in New Jersey had their way, every last one of them would have been destroyed.

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35 Years Ago: The Who Announce Kenney Jones as Keith Moon’s Replacement

Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.

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