Interesting LP chart-facts, '60's and  '80's, plus a revered icon's birthday...

Glen Campbell, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Jan. 2012. (Photo: Ed Rode/Getty Images)

12/21/1968 (49 years ago today) - Glen Campbell goes to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with the mega-classic and lushly arranged "Wichita Lineman" album -- It stays on the chart for 46 consecutive weeks(!), but it would turn out to be Glen's only Number One LP.

12/21/1985 (32 years ago today) - Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." passes Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become the second longest lasting LP to remain in the Billboard Top Ten, where it stayed for a mind-boggling 79 weeks in a row! Great gosh o'mighty, the question then is, what album could possibly have lasted longer in The Top 10? Howzabout "The Sound Of Music" Soundtrack with Julie Andrews, checking in at an unbelievable run of 109 weeks!!! Which brings us back to "dough"...

12/21/1940 - Born on this date, multi-instrumentalist-musician/genius-composer-producer, the truly unique Frank Zappa, whose ferocious catalog of work remains in a league of its own, especially in terms of sheer scope: no one (and we mean no one) else melded non-conformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity and stinging satires of American culture like Frank did, either with the over-the-top influential Mothers Of Invention or as a solo artist. Totally fearless and imaginative and (excuse the pun) quite Frankly funny as hell. Sadly missed still; Frank died from cancer on December 4, 1993, seventeen days before his 53rd birthday. Wow, kids, lookit all the stuff he did, and he was only 53 when he passed away? Amazing!

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