5 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2017/50 Y.O. Edition

Yes, the 5 albums on this week’s list by Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, The Doors, Beatles and the late, great David Bowie will be…fifty years old in 2017. 

But all music truth be known, they still have the ability to kick, stretch, kick and own our music lives to the fullest with every listen. 

Take a look…

David Bowie/Self-titled  Although we still can’t believe it’s been a year since the world lost the great Mr. Bowie, what’s even harder to believe is that it’s been fifty years since he graced the stars and all of us with his iconic presence on his debut set.

While its content bears very little resemblance to well, anything the superstar put out during his massive career, it’s still the one that started it all, especially when it comes to tracks, “Rubber Band Man,” “Love You Til Tuesday” “Come and Buy My Toys” and even oh, so eclectic opener, “Uncle Arthur.”

But perhaps Bowie biographer David Buckley perfectly summed this record and its status in the late rocker’s discography perfectly when he described it as “the vinyl equivalent of the madwoman in the attic.” 

And there you have it. 

The Doors/Self-titled  In case you’re wondering, ’67 was quite a year in music as Jim Morrison and The Doors also made it their debut year and simply rocked with it. Starring their breakthrough single “Light My Fire” and the lengthy psychedelic wonder “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section, its been said that the iconic rockers credited the success of the record on being able to work the songs out night after night at the Whisky a Go Go and the London Fog nightclubs in West Hollywood

Those influences were certainly no f#$king joke as the set went on to sell twenty million copies worldwide and was indeed one of the only albums to hit stateside that was most prominent in the progression of psychedelic rock. If that’s not enough tripped out heat for you, “Light My Fire” found a home in the Grammy Hall of Fame (although Ed Sullivan might’ve not been too happy about that) and after you get down with Mr. Morrison and the boys of The Doors and this record, you’ll certainly be reminded why. 

Aretha Franklin/Aretha Arrives Although she had already begged for us to “Rescue” her a few years earlier, it was this album that cemented Ms. Diva as That Diva.

Loaded with soul, soul and more soul, Billboard smashes “Baby I Love You,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “(I Can’t Get No)Satisfaction”(yes) proved that Franklin could not just make it through the rain after a stage accident that left her without full mobility in her right hand, but carried on through all of that record label drama between Columbia and Atlantic. 

It was also this album that paved the way for ’68 follow-up Lady Soul, a set that needs no introduction since you most likely sang “Chain of Fools” and “Natural Woman” at the top of your lungs in the shower today. We have Aretha Arrives to thank for that because boy, did she ever fifty years ago this year. 

Dolly Parton/Hello, I’m Dolly Keeping on with the ’67 truth, it was also the year we rightfully got served with everything the legendary Ms. Parton has to offer including that hair, those boobs and of course, those pipes which were beautifully laced all over her debut set. 

While we could easily sit and spill all day about everything this album has to offer including those catchy melodies (“I Wasted My Years”)swinging riffs (“Something Fishy”) and irresistible charm, but when your first album starts off with a little track called “Dumb Blonde,” we must pay our respect and attention right away to Ms. Dolly and her feast of infectious debut ditties. 

The Beatles/Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club  Does this one really need an explanation? 

Cover photo courtesy of Daily Express