Zep on the cheap...-- George was the first Beatle to.. -- AC/DC tops it!

12/26/1968 (49 years ago today) - Led Zeppelin started their first North American tour as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit (uh-oh, so, um, Zep was noted for "lifting" and "borrowing" and we love 'em dearly, but is this...maybe...where the "Stairway To Heaven" law suit has its roots?) -- Anyway, tonight's gig takes place at the Denver Auditorium in Colorado; tickets cost $5!!!

12/26/1970 (47 years ago today) - The song was originally intended for Billy Preston: George Harrison starts four weeks at No. 1 with the classic "My Sweet Lord", thus making him the first Beatle to score a solo chart-topping hit. It will come back to bite him in the ass, but still...

12/26/1981 (36 years ago today) - From the "Really Hard Act To Follow" Dept.AC/DC kick off three weeks at No. 1 on the album chart with "For Those About To Rock...We Salute You" -- The name of the album was inspired by a book guitarist Angus Young had just finished reading, titled "For Those About To Die, We Salute You" -- OK, we all know that the previous LP, "Back In Black", set a new standard by which, etc., etc., and (also OK) no one expected this one to top it, but it still  took the band many more years on the road to convince everyone they had what it takes, that the first post-Bon Scott record wasn't  a fluke. Those Aussies, really hard workin' lads who know how it tough it out!

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