Zep 'n' Bowie 'n' BonnieCheers!

Zep IV LP cover; Released Nov. 8, 1971. (Courtesy of Atlantic Records)
Zep IV LP cover; released Nov. 8, 1971. (Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

11/8/1971 (48 years ago today) - With no title or band name on the album cover (they didn't want to get "pigeon-holed" by the press), Led Zeppelin's much anticipated fourth studio effort is unleashed on this date -- Generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV", it's also been affectionately titled "ZoSo", a reference to to the four symbols that appear on the inner sleeve, supposedly representing each band member -- Since there's not much to add to what's already been written about the music, let's go with the artwork on the front: It was a 19th century rustic oil painting that was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop (or should that be "shoppe"?) in Reading, England, a trivia fact that might come in handy somehow, someway, someday...

11/8/1975 (44 years ago today) - David Bowie {finally} makes his U.S. television debut, performing "Fame" on Cher's CBS-TV show -- The song was one of those "happy accidents in the studio", the result of a jam session with John Lennon when the ex-Beatle was living in New York City. At the time, Bowie supposedly didn't think too much of it, saying he didn't really know how to go about writing hit singles. Words of wisdom, actually...

11/8/1949 - Happy Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, 70 years old today -- Collectively as humans on the planet, we should be honored and humbled to listen to her play a slide guitar solo on any given day. Let's face it, calling her a pioneer barely touches the surface -- She's pretty rippin' on this one:

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