Zep's efficiency still astounds! -- Bowie's first No. 1... -- AC/DC's third highest seller was...

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)
(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

9/20/1968 (49 years ago today) - When the sessions got underway, they were calling themselves The New Yardbirds: At London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin begin recording their debut album -- They do almost all of it live; including minimal overdubs, it only takes 'em 36 hours total to nail it down, wrap it up and call it good! Not to be an old fogey, but honestly kids, that level of pure-mind-numbing-bone-rattling-beyond-belief-talent ought to be more than enough to make today's knob-twiddlers and auto-tuners s---t themselves.

9/20/1975 (42 years ago today) - David Bowie finally gets his first U.S. No. 1 single with "Fame" -- In fact, it's his very first entry in The Top Ten! Co-written with John Lennon, the song becomes a mega-hit: on Billboard's Top 100 for 1975, it finished the year with a mighty impressive No. 7 ranking as well. Bowie remained typically detached, claiming he had "absolutely no idea" the track would do so well: "I wouldn't know how to pick a single if it hit me in the face".

9/20/1976 (41 years ago today) - AC/DC release their third studio album "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" -- It does rather well, selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the band's third best-selling album in America, right behind "Highway To Hell" and "Back In Black"...now, there's a 1-2-3 punch!!!

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