A day of firsts: one's a chart-topper, the other didn't chart at all -- Plus another classic Brit double-bill we wish we could have been at...

"Mott" LP cover, July 1973. (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

3/1/1968 (50 years ago today) - What it means to "sink without a trace": Elton John releases his very first single as a solo artist, "I've Been Loving You"; it came out on the Phillips record label, and it never, ever graced the charts. Welcome to show-biz...

3/1/1970 (48 years ago today) - It's that point in the U.K. rock scene where The Beatles are breaking up and David Bowie has yet to make an impact. You need your rock-night-out, but what to do...? Head down for a couple of pints at the ol' Northcote Arms Pub in Middlesex, England, where this evening's entertainment bill features Mott The Hoople with a new, up-and-coming band called Genesis as the opening act. We're pretty sure we get blown away...

3/1/1975 (43 years ago today) - It's the first of five No. 1 singles for the Eagles when "Best Of My Love" goes to the top of the chart -- Pretty song, but likely the weakest track on the otherwise high-rollicking "On The Border" LP (which we often refer to as their best studio release and yes, that includes the somewhat pompous behemoth that is "Hotel California") -- This line-up of the band was at its peak here: insanely talented, yet grossly neglected by Don Henley and Glenn Frey as the years rolled on -- The contributions Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon made to the Eagles sound were quite significant and deserving of more credit to the history of the band.

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