The Song Remains The Same

My parents gave me a Fisher-Price record player in 1975. They also gave me precisely one 45 (that's a 45-RPM record single, in case you were born in the age of CDs): "Dueling Banjos," a 1955 instrumental by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. I played the record 10 times a day for six months, which freaked me out a dozen years later when I saw the movie Deliverance.

In 1978, I heard Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" for the first time - the live version from The Song Remains the Same. Its impact wouldn't really hit me until college.

My brother, Joel, knew every word to The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" within three...