Led Zeppelin – 50 Years Ago Today

The eponymous album Led Zeppelin was released in the United States on this day in rock history, 50 years ago, January 12th, 1969.

Picture courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Copyright 2018

I first learned of Led Zeppelin in the fall of 1968 from a friend in high school, Tom Stein. He had a friend or relative (can’t remember which) in England who shared the excitement Led Zeppelin was creating across the pond. Finally I heard the album in December on WNEW-FM New York City’s premier rock station. It was featured in heavy rotation on DJ Scott Muni‘s, “Things From England” show. I was hooked.

I bought this record straight away and took this 12″ LP everywhere I went for the next few months as you can see from the back cover.

I played Led Zeppelin again today through my iPhone XR via Apple Cloud Music and headphones on my morning walk. It still sounds fresh and brilliant as ever!


Thank You Cream For Introducing Me To The Blues

I found myself wondering where the blues took hold with me. I attribute my 47+ year fascination with the blues to the band Cream.

The year was 1968 a formative time in my life. I was listening intently to progressive rock format via WNEW-FM 102.7, New York City.

The radio personalities on that station were influencing my tastes and direction. They poured a healthy amount of Cream during their shifts.

The standout recording for me was “Sunshine of Your Love” from Disraeli Gears. I wore that vinyl LP down along with several stereo needles on the hi-fi system in my bedroom.

This song and album anchored my interest in Cream. I purchased their other two albums, Fresh Cream and Wheels of Fire in short order. Cream constituted my listening hours for months.

I discovered a great deal about the blues with “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon, “I’m So Glad” by Skip James and “Crossroads” by Robert Johnson.

Time to give Cream a deeper blues appreciation this weekend. 🙂

I can walk down the street, there’s no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd
I can drive down the road, my eyes don’t see
Though my mind wants to cry out loud

I Feel Free – Fresh Cream, Writer(s): Jack Bruce, Peter Constantine Brown, Pete Brown, Ben Langmaid, Copyright: Dratleaf Music Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.



Little Arabella By The Nice

I often think of the days in the late 60s and early 70s I listened to progressive FM music on WNEW-FM 102.7 from New York City. My favorite disk jockey was Scott Muni, Scotsso was his nickname. He often played this song by The Nice, “Little Arabella”.

I went looking for the original studio cut that Scottso would play and found it on YouTube.

There is also a live recording of Little Arabella from The Fillmore East. The best rock palace of all time!

Memories of Poco and Pete Fornatale

The country rock group, Poco began due to the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. Buffalo Springfield gave us Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was the roots foundation for spawning  Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungPoco, as well as popular acts Loggins and Messina and Crazy Horse.

Richie Furay and Jim Messina originally formed Poco in 1968, releasing their first album Pick Up The Pieces, in 1969.

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I caught on fully to Poco due to the love Pete Fornatale of WNEW-FM 102.7 NY City had for the group. Pete was totally passionate about Poco. He played their music on the air deep from the music of his heart. Richie Furay wrote a very loving testimony to Pete Fornatale on his Web site, “Pete Fornatale-My Friend”

Pete Fornatale was directly responsible for my decision to get concert tickets for Poco and Buddy Mile Express at Fairfield University on December 6, 1970. Poco proved to be an exhilarating live act. I found them to be great musicians, wonderful harmonies. I saw the nucleus of Poco musicians listed below.  Jim Messina had left Poco in October 1970. I was very impressed with Timothy B. Schmitt on bass and vocals, little did I realize he would become an integral member of The Eagles in 1977, again replacing Randy Meisner. What I loved about Poco’s sound was the rich vocals set against the electrifying pedal steel guitar of Rusty Young.

The second Poco was out then, Poco. 

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  • Richie Furay – guitars, vocals
  • Paul Cotton – guitars, vocals
  • Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass, harmonica, vocals
  • George Grantham – drums, vocals

Poco would soon release Deliverin’ on January 13, 1971, their first live album. It was exciting to have a live recording of Poco’s so close to seeing them live in concert the month before 🙂

Pete Fornatale wrote the liner notes. I just pulled that vinyl LP from my collection and read the liner notes feeling both happy and sad.

Kind Woman (Ritchie Furay)

Kind woman, won’t you love me tonight?

The look in your eyes

Kind woman don’t leave me lonely tonight

Please say it’s all right