Well, hello to one of the greatest debuts of all time! -- Bruce in dues-paying mode... -- OK, Elton's just milking it...

Reggie and a cool stereo, Sept. 1974. (Photo: D. Morrison/Express/Getty Images)

1/4/1967 (51 years ago today) - It's still capable of inducing nightmares: the debut album from The Doors is unleashed on this date and (just over) half-a-century later, it remains one of rock's most exceptional and extraordinary recordings -- "Light My Fire", "Break On Through", "Soul Kitchen", "The Crystal Ship", "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)", "The End" -- amazing how they sound fresh and nuanced and outright chilling (at the time, some establishment-figure types actually called it "dangerous")! Psychedelic rock/blues at its most pristine, and a definitive must-have...Meanwhile, Jim, meet Dick Clark:

1/4/1974 (44 years ago today) - Bruce Springsteen plays the first of three nights at Joe's Place {how perfect!} in Cambridge, Massachusetts (opening act: Peter Johnson & The Manic Depressives, who, at the very least, now have a story to tell...) -- Interesting sign of the times, too: tickets for the show featured the statement "Because of the energy crisis all our outside lights except for one will be be shut off" -- We remember those days...

1/4/1975 (43 years ago today) - Elton John starts two weeks at No. 1 on the singles chart with his (quite frankly over-long and over-produced) cover of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" -- No surprise we don't care too much for this and even if it does feature John Lennon on guitar, it's still the sound of Reggie-in-the-snow, shrugging his shoulders while making another bank deposit...

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