The eponymous album Led Zeppelin was released in the United States on this day in rock history, 50 years ago, January 12th, 1969.
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!
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!
Richie Furay and Jim Messina originally formed Poco in 1968, releasing their first album Pick Up The Pieces, in 1969.
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.