Proto-metal-blues, gospel-funk and slick rock-pop releases all share the charts on this date (all great stuff, too!)...

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

12/27/1969 (48 years ago today) - "Led Zeppelin II" goes to No. 1 on the Billboard chart, notable for it being the very first time {with many more to come}  that the band hit the top in both America and England simultaneously, with six million copies breezily selling in the U.S. alone! 'Tis a rather perfect slab o'vinyl...

12/27/1975 (42 years ago today) - The Staple Singers hit No. 1 with the funkaliciously-smoky single "Let's Do It Again", written by soul legend Curtis Mayfield. It was the family's second chart-topper and by the way, if you've never really listened closely to the sounds and vibes they were creating, we kinda-sorta-hafta insist that you go back and re-discover The Staple Singers, they were freakin' excellent-plus!!!

12/271980 (37 years ago today) - Has it really been that long?: John and Yoko's "Double Fantasy" album starts eight weeks at No. 1, while at the same time "(Just Like) Starting Over"  kicks off five weeks at No. 1 on the singles chart. Though not overwhelmingly well-received by critics when first released, it's John's non-hit tracks on here that really do more than just hold up well: there's the notably intense and invigorating "Cleanup Time" and "I'm Losing You", the confessional pseudo-be-bop of "Watching The Wheels", plus the fantastically beautiful "Beautiful Boy". One of those albums ya gotta work yer way thru, but well worth it...

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