Before Beatlemania, you know, some singles were actually pretty cool, like this one... -- Zimmy totally gets it! -- Finally, Zep on yer TV!!!

(Courtesy of Columbia Records)

10/23/1961 (57 years ago today) - Proof that there was some good stuff making the radio rounds before The British Invasion: Dion started two weeks at No. 1 with the totally righteous (and infectious) classic single "Runaround Sue" -- Go ahead, we dare you to try not to sing along. Can't be done...

10/23/1963 (55 years ago today) - Heavily influenced by his favorite Irish and Scottish ballads, the song was deliberately written to be an anthem for the time, and it worked (more than) beautifully -- On this date in New York City's Columbia Studios, Bob Dylan recorded "The Times They Are A-Changin'". Should you be looking for the definition of a musical "milestone", your search can end right here...

10/23/1976 (42 years ago today) - They had been together for over eight years, but had never before performed live on American TV...until tonight!: Led Zeppelin make their U.S. television debut on (where else?) "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" -- They perform "Black Dog" and "Dazed And Confused" and even though it was extremely cool, man, to see our band in Mom and Dad's living room, it didn't really prove anything that we didn't already know, you know? The Kirshner footage is virtually impossible to find, but this gem (also from '76) works just fine thank you very much:

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