The Stranger

It’s #70 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Released on September 29, 1977. It remains his best-selling album.

Parallel Lines

Musically, Blondie were hopelessly horrible when we first began rehearsing for Parallel Lines, and in terms of my attitude they didn’t know what had hit them. I basically went in there like Adolf Hitler and said, ‘You are going to make a great record, and that means you’re going to start playing better.'”

Mike Chapman, in an interview for Sound on Sound, recalling Blondie’s initial musical inexperience

Blondie releases their US-breakthrough album — and their most successful album — on September 23, 1978. It’s #140 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Little Criminals

Randy Newman released “Little Criminals” on September 23, 1977 and almost immediately pissed off the vertically challenged across the land. It contains my fav Newman tune, “Baltimore,” which has been covered by Nina Simone, Nils Lofgren, David Gray and many others.

A few of Randy’s friends helped out on the album including Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Henley. J.D. Souther and Timothy B. Schmidt.

Abraxas turns 50

Santana’s second album was released on September 23, 1970.

It’s #207 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2016.

In short — it’s a classic and should be in every music lover’s collection if not — as is often the case with Santana albums — for the album artwork alone.