Chart action for Zep and Eagles and a tribute to the stupefyingly unique Captain Beefheart...

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

1/15/1972 (47 years ago today) - Their manager never wanted 'em to release any singles at all, you know: "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin debuts on the U.S. singles chart -- They weren't really cut out for this side of the biz as this third single release of theirs stalls out at No. 15 and then simply disappears altogether after spending a total of just eight weeks on the chart, somewhat unbelievable for a track that still garners airplay every friggin' day all across the globe! By the way, the song's title refers to a nameless Black Lab Retriever that wandered around the studios during recording, so there you go then, question answered...

1/15/1977 (42 years ago today) - "Hotel California" by The Eagles hits No. 1 for eight non-consecutive weeks on the album chart -- It also went to the top spot in Australia, Canada, Holland, New Zealand and Norway while on its way to becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time (at last count, over 42 million worldwide!) including two No. 1 singles -- the title track and "New Kid In Town", with "Life In The Fast Lane" just missing the Top Ten (it went up to 11, though). Pretty good for a record Don Henley has nonchalantly referred to as being about "a journey from innocence to experience, that's all".

1/15/1941 - Born this day, singer-songwriter-artist-extraordinaire Don Van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart -- His expressionist paintings and drawings have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious art galleries and museums all over the world, while his avant-garde records (with The Magic Band) are acknowledged to have been a deep and heavy influence on the works of Frank Zappa, Robert Plant, The Velvet Underground, Little Feat, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, The Clash, Jethro Tull, Public Image Ltd. and too-many-more-to-name/far-from-the-mainstream bohemians -- Don passed away at his California home on December 17, 2010, due to complications from multiple sclerosis; he was 69. A completely unapologetic one-of-a-kind artist, no question about it...

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