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Led Zeppelin III 50th Anniversary- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Terry Manning

Led Zeppelin III  appeared October 5, 1970 with surprisingly little notice. Containing "The Immigrant Song","Gallows Pole", and "Since I've Been Loving You", Led Zeppelin III   also planted exotic seeds of sounds in "Friends" with its Middle Eastern orchestration, which would skip several subsequent albums only to germinate with legendary impact on Physical Grafitti . My guests Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Led Zeppelin "III"  recording engineer at Ardent Studio in Memphis, Terry Manning, tell the story on the fiftieth anniversary.

Allman Brothers Band- Idlewild South 50th Anniversary- the late Gregg Allman

...for me in Autumn 1970 with discovering the Allman Brothers Band, as it was their second album, "Idlewild South" , which was my gateway drug to a five decade musical high for what turned out to be, as legendary producer Tom Dowd put it it, "the greatest musical fusion I've ever witnessed."

Allman Brothers Band- In Memory of Elizabeth Reed- LA 6-11-92

This live acoustic version of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", originally served up fifty years ago on only their second album, Idlewild South .

Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs and Englishmen 50th Anniversary- Leon Russell

Here are the first-person accounts by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen  US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album on its fiftieth anniversary.
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Moody Blues- A Question of Balance 50th- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

The Moody Blues' sixth album, "A Question of Balance", released fifty summers ago, unfolded like a sweeping cinematic epic playing in the panorama between your ears. The antithesis of a Top 40 band, nevertheless "A Question of Balance"  contained the dynamic hit "Question" plus "Dawning is the Day","How is It We Are Here","It's Up to You", and the classic "Melancholy Man". Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-host here In the Studio

The Band- Stage Fright 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

The Band's sublime third effort,  "Stage Fright" , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as  fathers of  the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have  been one of rock's first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson ("The Weight","The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down","Up on Cripple Creek","The Shape I'm In") helps me make that case.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmo’s Factory- John Fogerty

How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970's "Cosmo's Factory" , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.

Traffic- John Barleycorn…50th- Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Traffic albums "Mr Fantasy",  "Traffic",   and "John Barleycorn Must Die", the latter marking its 50th anniversary,  included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for  melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves.

Jimi Hendrix- Hear My Train a Comin’- Memorial Day 1970- Berkeley CA

Fifty years ago Jimi Hendrix performed two Memorial Day concerts in Berkeley CA at which he unveiled unreleased songs, including the portentious "Hear My Train a Comin' ".
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Who- Live at Leeds 50th- Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey here In the Studio   hosting the fiftieth anniversary of The Who "Live at Leeds" , with archival classic rock interview from the late John Entwistle .