It only took Jimi five minutes to establish himself as (maybe) the best ever!!! -- Two '80's classics, one of which wasn't supposed to come out the way that it did, but...

"Electric Ladyland" album cover, U.S.A. version, Oct. 1968. (Courtesy of Reprise Records)

5/3/1968 (49 years ago today) - Jimi's solo on this track was named The 11th Greatest Guitar Solo Of All-Time in Guitar World magazine's "100 Greatest Guitar Solos": On this date, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded that beyond-description version of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" for the upcoming double-set "Electric Ladyland" -- It has since become one of Jimi's most legendary, searing and thrilling performances, and in November, 1970, the single release went to No. 1 in the U.K., just two months after Jimi passed away...

5/3/1980 (37 years ago today) - OK, time to admit we've taken for granted just how good this album really is...: It's the start of an impressive six-week-run at No. 1 for Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band's near-perfect "Against The Wind" LP -- While the radio hits were well-crafted and executed (the title track, "Fire Lake", "You'll Accomp'ny Me"), the other songs were even more convincing, especially the saucy old-school rockers "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight", "The Horizontal Bop" and "Her Strut", and the gospel-tinged upbeat-ballad "Shinin' Brightly", really a rather stupendously subtle release for his 11th studio outing. Oh, and by the way, it knocked Pink Floyd's "The Wall" out of the top spot on the chart(!), while breezily selling nearly 4 million copies. It remains Seger's only No. 1 album. Time for a re-think...

5/3/1986 (31 years ago today) - Still one of the most infectious dance songs around...: Robert Palmer went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Addicted To Love" (also No. 1 in Australia, and it made the Top Five in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Britain, and South Africa) -- Betcha didn't know: Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan, but {as always, here come the lawyers...} "contractual problems" forced the removal of her vocal parts; the track steamrolled into classic status anyways...

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