A Who debut -- When The Eagles were real -- Props for The Captain!!!

Captain Beefheart, "The Spotlight Kid" LP cover, Jan. 1972. (Courtesy of Reprise Records)

1/15/1965 (53 years ago today) - The Who released their first single "I Can't Explain" (their previous 45, "Zoot Suit", was issued when they were calling themselves The High Numbers) -- Pete Townshend wrote the song when he was 18 and, proudly noting its similarity to "All Day And All Of The Night", claimed "It can't be beat for straightforward Kink copying!". Still sounds fantastic, really...

1/15/1977 (41 years ago today) - ...and now Don Henley is the one and only original band member that remains: The Eagles scored their third No. 1 album when "Hotel California" went to the top of the charts -- It stayed in the No. 1 spot for eight non-consecutive weeks on its way to becoming one of the best-selling LP's of all-time: 16 million sold in the U.S. alone, 32 million worldwide! Grammy nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours", making 1977 just as smarmy as you thought it was...

1/15/1941 - Born on this day, Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart -- Although he achieved little commercial or mainstream success, his influence was incalculable: by mixing Delta blues, free jazz, rock and avant-garde experimentation, he became known as one of modern music's true innovators, producing 13 studio albums highlighted by surrealist wordplay and an extremely powerful singing voice -- An artistic prodigy in his childhood, The Captain also pursued a career in art and sculpture which is what ultimately gave him financial security -- His expressionist paintings and drawings sold for (quite staggeringly) high prices and have been exhibited in museums and galleries all around the world! Don died in 2010 from complications from multiple sclerosis, which had plagued him for years; he was 69. With The Magic Band (featuring Ry Cooder on guitar), the 1967 classic "Safe As Milk" is probably the easiest/most accessible music The Captain had to offer...

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