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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending September 5, 2014

Live 8 Concert - Hyde ParkThe 10 most anticipated albums this autumn

 

 

 

 
2014-08-29-image-8Turntable buying guide: What to look for in new & used record players

 

 

 

 

Obama Accepts Nomination On Final Day Of Democratic National ConventionFoo Fighters Offer Second Snippet of Music From Upcoming Album ‘Sonic Highways’

 

 

 

 
radioheadRadiohead updates app with new music and artwork

 

 

 

 
1994featureThe 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994

 

 

 

 
faithFaith No More Plan 2015 Release of First New Album in 18 Years

 

 

 

 

harrisonapleyearsGeorge Harrison’s first six solo albums to be reissued with unreleased songs and videos

 

 

 

 
WilcoWilco Announce Fall Tour Dates, Greatest Hits Compilation + Rarities Box Set

 

 

 

 
AnimalsPower Station on Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ Cover to Become Luxury Housing Complex

 

 

 

 

black-keysThe Black Keys to begin work on new album in January

 

 

 

 

140903-robert-plant7 Albums to Stream: Robert Plant, Death From Above 1979, Ryan Adams, and More

 

 

 

 
bcp-setting-a-record-20140902-001Record Collecting Isn’t Just Jack Moore’s Hobby, It’s Part Of His Worldview

 

 

 

 

capCaptain Beefheart Box Set Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, Featuring Unreleased Tracks, Announced

 

 

 

 
social-distortion-logo-big-e1401320696847Mike Ness on the musical direction and current status of new Social Distortion album

 

 

 

 
Toxic_TwinsJOE PERRY Explains What It Takes To Keep AEROSMITH Together

 

 

 

 
Jane's Addiction Perform At The 02 Apollo, ManchesterJane’s Addiction, Devo Set to Headline CBGB Festival in New York

 

 

 

 
caveNick Cave and the Bad Seeds Share “Give Us a Kiss”

 

 

 

 
Led Zeppelin_promo_68Led Zeppelin Drops Unreleased ‘Black Dog’ Take From ‘IV’ Reissue

 

 

 

 

metallica-guinness-world-recordMetallica Enter the History Books With New Guinness World Record

 

 

 

 

daft35Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Allegedly Plotting Solo Album

 

 

 

 

ggggggggggBrian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, “Weird Al”, Strokes/Weezer/Spoon Members, More To Play George Harrison Tribute

 

 

 

 

ozzy-osbourne-veganOzzy Osbourne Planning ‘Hell Gate’ Event for October 2015

 

 

 

 
falloutboy2k13promoUPDATE: Fall Out Boy to release new single on Monday

 

 

 

 
taylormomsenpressphoto2014_638PRETTY RECKLESS Becomes First Female-Fronted Band To Reach No. 1 With First Two Hits

 

 

 

 

640x360Genesis movie coming to DVD

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 4 – August 10

220px-PrincepurplerainOn August 4, 1984, Prince started a 24-week run at the top of the US album charts with ‘Purple Rain.’ His sixth studio album which features the hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” as well as the title track has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, becoming the seventh best-selling soundtrack album of all time. In 2012, the album was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”

 

 

 

 

 
american_Bandstand_svgOn August 5, 1957, American Bandstand first aired on US television. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year, when the show was still called Bandstand. The first record Clark played on the network debut show was “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and his first guests were the Chordettes. The smooth talking Clark hosted the show until 1989 when he was replaced by David Hirsch, but the show would be cancelled five months later. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including ABBA, The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.

 

 

RevolverOn August 5, 1966, the Beatles album ‘Revolver’ was released in the UK via the Parlophone label and produced by George Martin. (released August 8 in the US) Many of the tracks on Revolver are marked by an electric guitar-rock sound, in contrast with their previous LP, the folk rock inspired Rubber Soul (1965). The cover illustration was created by German-born bassist and artist Klaus Voormann, one of the Beatles’ oldest friends from their days at the Star Club in Hamburg. Voormann’s illustration, part line drawing and part collage, included photographs by Robert Whitaker. Voormann’s own photo as well as his name (Klaus O. W. Voormann) is worked into Harrison’s hair on the right-hand side of the cover. The album is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in music history and one of the Beatles’ greatest studio achievements.

 

 

PinkFloyd-album-piperatthegatesofdawn_300On August 5, 1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album, ‘The Piper At the Gates of Dawn,’ which would reach #6 in the UK. The LP did not contain the two singles released earlier in the year, “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play.” It only managed to climb to #131 on The Billboard Hot 200 and took nearly 27 years to be certified Gold when it received the honor in March, 1994. Since its release, the album has been hailed as one of the best psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

HelpOn August 6, 1965, in the UK, the Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film ‘Help!’ which included the title track, “The Night Before,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday.” In 2012, ‘Help!’ was voted 331st on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

 

 

 

220px-Going_Up_the_Country_single_coverOn August 6, 1968, at I.D. Sound Recorders in Hollywood, Canned Heat began recording “Going Up The Country.” The band’s Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, who died of a drug overdose two years later, sang lead on the song and is also credited as its composer. The track was completed the following day.

 

 

 

 

Rick_JamesOn August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. James had died from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker, and a heart attack. Known as “The King of Punk-Funk,” James scored the 1981 US #3 album ‘Street Songs’ and 1981 US #16 single “Super Freak part 1.” In the late ‘60s James worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown, working with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The-Quarry-Me-in-1957-010On August 7, 1957, the Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, “Cut out the bloody rock!”

 

 

 

 
220px-Goose_Lake_poster_1970On August 7, 1970, the Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Leoni, Michigan. Over 200,000 fans attended the three day festival. Acts who appeared included, Jethro Tull, 10 Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, James Gang, Stooges with Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, MC5, Rod Stewart and Flying Burrito Brothers.

 

 

 

 

220px-JohnLennon-albums-doublefantasyOn August 7, 1980, after a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album ‘Double Fantasy’ at New York’s Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. ‘Double Fantasy’ received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

 

 

 

 

GodsmackOn August 7, 2007, Godsmack headlined the third night of the Rock ‘N The Rally music festival in Sturgis, SD. It’s part of the five-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “Godsmack is more excited about this show than any other show we’ve played in the last decade,” says singer Sully Erna. “Not only is biking truly a part of our lifestyles, but Sturgis is the Cadillac of events.” The concert was filmed for DVD release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AbbeyRoadOn August 8, 1969, the cover photo for the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album was taken, showing the Fab Four striding across the road outside Abbey Road studios in London. Six shots were taken and the photo session was completed in less than ten minutes. The front cover design, a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, was based on sketched ideas by McCartney. At around 11:30 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic. The image of the Beatles on the crossing has become one of the most famous and imitated in recording history.

 

 

 
Rising_sun_animals_USOn August 8, 1964, “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals was released in America. Although the band would put 14 songs in the Top 40, this would be their only US #1 hit. It was reported that the song was recorded in just one take and the band was actually in the studio for less than ten minutes. It ranked #122 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

 

 

 

 
BillyJoel_AnInnocentManOn August 8, 1983, Billy Joel released the album ‘An Innocent Man.’ The album featured three Billboard Top 10 hit singles: “Tell Her About It,” which reached #1, “Uptown Girl,” which peaked at #3 and “An Innocent Man,” which peaked at #10. The LP received a nomination for the 26th Grammy Award for Album of the Year, but Joel lost the award to Michael Jackson’s epic ‘Thriller’ album. Joel was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Uptown Girl,” but Jackson won in that category as well. The album cover artwork was taken on the front steps of 142 Mercer Street, just north of the intersection of Mercer and Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

RSG_Screenshot2On August 9, 1963, the first ever edition of ‘Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year-old Cathy McGowan. The first show featured the Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. The final show was in Dec 1966 after 175 episodes. Originally 30 minutes long, it expanded to 50 minutes the following year, and soon attracted the most popular artists, including the Beatles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rolling Stones, the Four Tops, the Kinks, the Who, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five and many, many others.

 

 

 

 
Sly-family-stone-1969-promoOn August 9, 1969, “Hot Fun in The Summertime,” by Sly and the Family Stone was released. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and #3 on the Billboard soul singles chart in autumn 1969. Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Jerry-Mickey_at_Red_Rocks_taken_08-11-87On August 9, 1995, singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the Grateful Dead, died of a heart attack while a patient at a Northern California drug treatment center at age 53. Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and also released several solo albums. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist’s of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Summer_in_the_CityOn August 10, 1966, “Summer In The City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful hit the topped of the Billboard singles chart. The song started out as a poem written by John Sebastian’s brother, Mark, before the band changed some words and then set it to music. The record reached #8 in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Money_for_Nothing_singleOn August 10, 1985, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits peaked at #4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV,” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

260px-Isaac_Hayes_2On August 10, 2008, singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit “Theme From Shaft” as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 14 – July 20

215px-Pink_floyd_the_wallOn July 14, 1982, the movie premier for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by the music of Pink Floyd.

 

 

 

 
220px-JudastouchofevilOn July 14, 2009, Judas Priest released ‘A Touch Of Evil: Live.’ The collection features 11 songs that have never appeared on any of the group’s previous concert discs, including songs from ‘08’s “Nostradamus.” “It’s a very fierce record and just captures the band’s attitude and feeling in a very strong, determined way,” said frontman Rob Halford.

 

 

 

 

 
22BAD7~1On July 15, 1972, Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ‘Honky Chateau,’ his first US chart topper. Cuts included the space ballad “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” the jumpy “Honky Cat;” as well as the epic “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” In 2003, the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 
bandOn July 15, 1973, Grand Funk released their seventh studio album, ‘We’re an American Band.’ Two singles were released from the album. “We’re an American Band” was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, “Walk Like a Man” was released on October 29, 1973. Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer. The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark-yellow vinyl.

 

 

 
MI0003191332On July 15, 2001, police ended an Insane Clown Posse show in Toledo, Ohio after over 100 fans went on the stage. Most of the bands equipment is destroyed in the melee. not sure if any clowns were hurt….

 

 

 

 

 

 
beach_Boys_-_Be_True_To_Your_SchoolOn July 16, 1963, the Beach Boys recorded “In My Room.” All five of the group members played and/or sang on the track, supplemented by David Marks on guitar, Maureen Love on harp, and Hal Blaine on percussion. “In My Room” remained on the Billboard Top 100 for 11 weeks, peaking at #23. In 1990, Brian wrote, “I also enjoyed producing ‘In My Room’. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song ‘Ivory Tower’ to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded ‘In My Room’, there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse…and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis’ death.”

 

 
230px-Cream_Clapton_Bruce_Baker_1960sOn July 16, 1966, Eric Clapton formed a new band he called Cream, along with two former members of the Graham Bond Organization, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. The trio lasted just two years, but left us with some classic Rock tunes like “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room”. To this day, Clapton says he does not look back on those days with great fondness, but many fans feel that he was at his best at this point. They reunited for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993, and in 2005 played the Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

 

 
The_Three_TenorsOn July 16,1994, the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras – reunited to perform in front of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the eve of the World Cup soccer final. The televised concert drew an estimated 1.3 billion viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

215px-Beatles_Yellow_Submarine_move_posterOn July 17, 1968, the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” film premiered in London. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, based on the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the screenplay penned by four collaborators including Erich Segal. The film received a widely positive reception from critics and audiences alike. It is also credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Axl_rose_in_israelOn July 17, 1993, Guns N’ Roses played the last date on their Use Your Illusion Tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the final show with the original members. It was not only the band’s longest tour, but one of the longest concert tours in rock history, consisting of 194 shows in 31 countries. It was also a source of much infamy for the band, due to riots, late starts, cancellations and outspoken rantings by Axl Rose.

 

 

 

 

 
220px-5DCoverOn July 18, 1966, ‘Fifth Dimension’ by the Byrds was released. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, during a chart stay of 28 weeks, and reached #27 in the UK. Two singles, “Eight Miles High” and “5D (Fifth Dimension)” were included on the album, with the former just missing the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart. Additionally, a third single taken from the album, “Mr. Spaceman,” reached the US Top 40. The LP is widely regarded as the band’s most experimental album to date and is considered influential in originating the musical genre of psychedelic.

 

 

 

AnthemOfTheSunOn July 18, 1968, the Grateful Dead released their second studio album, ‘Anthem of the Sun.’ It is the first album to feature second drummer Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. In 2003, the album was ranked #287 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 

 

Kiss-KasketOn July 18, 2001, the Kiss Kasket, an actual coffin featuring the faces of the four founding members of the band, went on sale. Also included were the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good.” Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel) was buried in a Kiss Kasket.

 

 

 

 

Beatles_help2On July 19, 1965, the Beatles released the single “Help!” b/w “I’m Down” in North America (July 23rd in the UK). The song hit #1 for three weeks in both the US and the UK. “Help!” was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. During an interview with Playboy in 1984, Paul McCartney stated that the title was “out of desperation.” In 2004, it was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 
lennongetty200On July 19, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording “Sexy Sadie,” a John Lennon composition about his disillusionment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lennon originally wanted to title the song “Maharishi,” but changed the title to “Sexy Sadie” at George Harrison’s urging. The track was completed on August 21, 1968. Lennon once said of the song: “That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, ‘Sexy Sadie,’ instead of (sings) ‘Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool…’ I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I’d like them to be.” He told Rolling Stone that when the Maharishi asked why he was leaving, he replied, “Well, if you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.”

 

 

 

 

likeaRollingStoneOn July 20, 1965, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was released by Columbia records. It turns out to be his biggest hit ever, climbing to #2 in the US and #4 in the UK. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned from a grueling tour of England, exhausted. After the lyrics were heavily edited, “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ More than 40 years since its release, it remains highly regarded, as measured by polls of reviewers and fellow songwriters. Rolling Stone picked “Like a Rolling Stone” as the #2 single of the past 25 years in 1989, and then in 2004 placed the song at #1 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

10363134_649013441850107_4235627723283340296_nOn July 20, 1968, Iron Butterfly’s classic album, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band’s second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to #30, but the album climbed to #4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

 

 

 

220px-CandleboxdebutOn July 20, 1993, Candlebox released their self-titled debut. It contains their best known hit, “Far Behind” as well as the hit singles “Change,” “You” and “Cover Me.” The album has since been certified 4× platinum in the United States.

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 11, 2014

Black-Sabbath-Ozzy-and-Tony-1Black Sabbath Play Final Scheduled 2014 Show as Tony Iommi Vows Band Will Tour Again

 

 

 

 

 
split_2965189bTen most valuable albums of all time – Some old records fetch £10,000, others – such as a Blur LP worth £70 – are fast risers

 

 

 

 

 

jameshetfieldrehearsalglaston_638METALLICA: Official Video Footage Of GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL Concert

 

 

 

 

 

beatles225 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

 

 

 

 

 

mastodon-benkaye-bonnaroo2014-28Mastodon announce new U.S. tour dates

 

 

 

 

 

slipknot600-1404746793Knotfest 2014: Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch to Perform – The three-day festival is also promising carnival attractions and “pillars of fire”

 

 

 

 

 

mickjoneslougramm2013_638Ex-FOREIGNER Singer LOU GRAMM Says He Will Get Together With MICK JONES In September To Work On New Music

 

 

 

 

 

LON002_RTRIDSP_3_BRITAIN-1024x682Pink Floyd is releasing its first new album in 20 years

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5650abAnthrax To Record Drums on ‘Game of Thrones’ Set, Hope Lady Gaga Covers One of Their Songs

 

 

 

 

 

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Crosby, Stills & Nash Perform Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” on “Fallon” With Jimmy Fallon as “Neil Young”

 

 

 

 

 
vanmorrison_belfast_1979Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

381_10151617512399020_412433553_nWatch a documentary on the 25-year history of Merge Records

 

 

 

 

 

brianjohnsonsolocars2014_638AC/DC Completes Work On New Album, Considers ‘Man Down’ As Possible Title

 

 

 

 

 
steven-tyler-joe-perry-650-430Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks Touring With Slash, Next Album

 

 

 

 

 
Rjudas4ob Halford Talks Judas Priest’s Return with ‘Redeemer of Souls’

 

 

 

 

 
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beck-600-1404911948Beck to Release ‘Song Reader’ LP Featuring Jack White, Fun. and More – Album also features Jack Black, David Johansen, Jarvis Cocker and Jeff Tweedy

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Country Music Hall Of Fame Medallion CeremonyGarth Brooks to Go Digital, Announces New Record Deal

 

 

 

 

 
wenn5972574_600Aerosmith earned more from Guitar Hero sales than from any album

 

 

 

 

 
20140710-gnr-x600-1405028868Guns N’ Roses’ Next Record Is ‘Close to Being Done,’ Dizzy Reed Says

 

 

 

 

 
1705472471Foreigner Talk About the Challenges of the Music Industry’s Digital Revolution

 

This Week In Music History – June 23 – 29

220px-Smokey-miracles-page-displayOn June 23, 1965, Motown Records released “Tracks Of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles. The song was written by the group, based on a riff that Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin had come up with. Their version would reach #16 on the US Pop charts. It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 
220px-Supertramp_-_Breakfast_in_AmericaOn June 23. 1979, Supertramp‘s album, ‘Breakfast in America‘ rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, “The Logical Song” (#6), “Goodbye Stranger” (#15), and “Take the Long Way Home” (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 
220px-Hammer_TouchOn June 23, 1990, the decline of the music industry was never more evident than when MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” topped the Billboard R&B chart. By simply talking over Rick James’ 1981 hit, “Super Freak,” Hammer (real name: Stanley Kirk Burrell) would go on to win Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Song as well as Best Rap Solo Performance.

 

 

 

 

 

EndlessSummerBBCoverOn June 24, 1974, the Beach Boys released the compilation album ‘Endless Summer.’ The double album spent 155 weeks on the Billboard album chart, and peaked at #1. It was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA for selling over three million copies in the US. Initial pressings of this album contained a poster depicting an airplane flying a Beach Boys banner. While the album is limited entirely to the band’s sixties material, the cover artwork reflected the Beach Boys’ seventies appearance.

 

 

 

Eric_Clapton2_in_1978On June 24,  2004, a Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

allyouneedisloveOn June 25,1967, 150 million people in 26 countries saw the Beatles perform “All You Need is Love,” live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, Our World. The Beatles were asked to come up with a song containing a simple message to be understood by all nationalities. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said Brian Epstein. “It cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”

 

 

 

220px-PrincepurplerainOn June 25.  1984, the soundtrack ‘Purple Rain, by Prince was released five weeks ahead of the film. The two main songs from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” would top the US singles charts and were hits around the world, while the title track would go to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and #72 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 

michael-jackson310314On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died while in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22, arriving three minutes later at Jackson’s location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for an hour after arriving there at 1:13. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time. He earned the title of “The King Of Pop” by collecting 13 Grammy Awards and 13 US number one singles. Jackson’s death triggered an outpouring of grief by music fans around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically. Michael had been scheduled to perform his This Is It concert series to over one million people at London’s O2 arena from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

 

 

Beatles_-_She_Loves_YouOn June 26, 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose “She Loves You” in a hotel room in Newcastle, England while on tour there with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers. The single set and surpassed several records in the UK charts, and set a record in the US as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the American charts simultaneously on April 4, 1964. In November 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “She Loves You” #64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

Don_McLean_-_American_PieOn June 26, 1971, Don McLean’s 8:36 long epic “American Pie” debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, “The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it’s part reality and part fantasy, but I’m always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses.” The single would rise to #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.

 

 

 

 

Elvis_Presley_68_Comeback_SpecialOn June 27, 1968, Elvis Presley started filming what would become known as his Comeback Special. It would eventually air in December. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including “That’s All Right Mama,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing “If I Can Dream.” Presley was extremely nervous about performing live for the first time in seven years, and was told by producer Steve Binder that once he went out there, he could just get up and leave if he found he couldn’t handle it. A close look at the video tape reveals that, once on stage, he pretended to do just that. Elvis performed two of these jam session shows – one in the afternoon and one in the evening. His memorable performance later served as the inspiration for MTV’s “Unplugged” series.

 
The_B-52's_-_Cosmic_ThingOn June 27, 1989, ‘Cosmic Thing‘ by the B-52′s was released. The album contains the singles “Love Shack” and “Roam,” which remain two of their most popular tunes. The success of the album served as a comeback after the death of former guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.

 

 

 

 

NeilYoungMirrorBallOn June 27, 1995, ‘Mirror Ball’ by Neil Young & Pearl Jam was released. Tying in with the album title, a mirror ball graces the album’s cover art. Because of legal complications between their respective record companies, only Young’s name appears on the album sleeve, although the individual members of Pearl Jam are credited individually in the album’s liner notes. The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has been certified gold by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

Kinks_Lola_Uk_CoverOn June 28, 1970, the Kinks released the single “Lola” in North America (June 12 in the UK). The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possible transvestite or transgender person he meets in a club in Soho, London, with the narrator describing his confusion towards a person named Lola who “walked like a woman and talked like a man.” The song reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the US. It was ranked #422 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 
Elton_John_-_CaribouOn June 28, 1974, Elton John released the album ‘Caribou,’ recorded at the Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado. The album contains the singles, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart and #2 in the US and “The Bitch Is Back,” which reached #15 in the UK and #4 in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

buddyholly300-5b2752a281088b596533f2e083fd187ffa355e9c-s6-c85On June 29, 1957, Buddy Holly recorded the song “Peggy Sue.” The song was originally called “Cindy Lou”, and was named for Buddy’s niece, the daughter of his sister Pat Holley Kaiter. The title was later changed to “Peggy Sue” in reference to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison’s girlfriend (and future wife), Peggy Sue Gerron, with whom he had recently had a temporary breakup. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957. The song is ranked #194 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957.

 

 

 

Saucerful_of_secrets2On June 29, 1968, Pink Floyd‘s second album ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ was released in the UK. (June 27 in the US). It was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios on various dates from August 1967 to April 1968. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album in which all five band members contributed. This is the first of several Pink Floyd album covers designed by Hipgnosis.

This Week In Music History – June 9 -15

Some_GirlsOn June 9, 1978, ‘Some Girls‘ was released by the Rolling Stones. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and became one of the band’s biggest-selling albums in the US, and has been certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. The album cover for was designed by Peter Corriston, with illustrations by Hubert Kretzschmar. An elaborate die-cut design, with colors varying on different sleeves, it featured band in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action. The album was quickly reissued with a revised cover that removed all the celebrities whether they had complained or not, and were replaced with black and punk style garish colors with the phrase PARDON OUR APPEARANCE – COVER UNDER RE-CONSTRUCTION (found on most reissues since).

 

220px-InvisibleTouch86On June 9, 1986 the album ‘Invisible Touch’ was released by Genesis. It reached #1 in the UK where it remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it by far the most commercially successful album of their career, certified 6x platinum in the US and 4x platinum in the UK; eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide. It received generally favorable reviews from critics and produced five US Top 5 singles, including the title track which reached the #1 spot on the US chart, the only song by Genesis to do so.

 

 

 

 
Janis_Lyn_JoplinOn June 10, 1966, Big Brother & the Holding Company made their first live appearance in San Francisco at the Avalon with new lead singer Janis Joplin.

 

 

 

 

 
The_Eagles_-_One_of_These_NightsOn June 10, 1975, the Eagles released their fourth studio album, ‘One Of These Nights.’ The album released three Top 10 singles, “One of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It To The Limit.” Those singles reached #1, #2, and #4 respectively. The album became the band’s first album to top the charts. The album sold 4 million copies and won the band its first Grammy for “Lyin’ Eyes.” The album was the band’s breakthrough album, transforming them to international superstars.

 

 

 
220px-R_E_M__-_Fables_of_the_ReconstructionOn June 10, 1985, R.E.M. released ‘Fables of the Reconstruction.’ The LP reached #28 in the US (going gold in 1991) and was the band’s best showing yet in the UK, peaking at #35. Peter Buck, in the liner notes of the 25th Anniversary Deluxe edition, said, “Over the years, a certain misapprehension about Fables of the Reconstruction has built up. For some reason, people have the impression that the members of R.E.M. don’t like the record. Nothing could be further from the truth. [...] It’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is. Nobody but R.E.M. could have made that record.”

 

 

 

 

elvisTeddyOn June 11, 1957, Elvis Presley released the single “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” b/w “Loving You.” The song was a US number-one hit for Elvis Presley during the summer of 1957, staying at #1 for 7 weeks, and his third of the four that he would have that year. “(Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear” would also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers List, becoming his fourth number one on that chart.

 

 

 
Manfred_mann_do_wah_diddy_diddyOn June 11, 1964, Manfred Mann recorded “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.” The now legendary cut (and bar band and wedding band staple) was released on July 10 and spent two weeks #1 in the UK Singles Chart in August and two weeks at the #1 spot in the US Billboard Hot 100 in October.

 

 

 

 

dark_side_of_the_moonOn June 11, 2011, Pink Floyd‘s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ re-entered the Billboard Album chart at #47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s charts. The album, which was released in 1973, has done consistently well reaching #1 on more than one occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfer_Girl_coverOn June 12, 1963, at Western Studios in Los Angeles, the Beach Boys recorded “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Surfer Girl.” The latter, was written solely by Brian Wilson, the song is his very first composition. Although the song is sometimes referred to as a tribute to his then girlfriend Judy Bowles, this is untrue as the song wasn’t written with anyone particular in mind. It was the first Beach Boys recording session where Brian Wilson served as the official producer.

 

 

 
MariahCarey-MCcoverOn June 12, 1990, Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album. Five singles were released from the album, four of which became number-one hits on the Hot 100. The album was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over nine million copies in the United States. The album experienced similar success in Canada, where it topped the charts and was certified seven-times platinum.

 

 

 
220px-John-Lennon-Darfur-v2On June 12, 2007, the 21 song John Lennon tribute album “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur” was released. The set contains Jackson Browne’s rendition of “Oh My Love,” as well as contributions from Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. who provide the compilation’s first single, “#9 Dream,” featuring the band’s founding drummer, Bill Berry. Proceeds go to Amnesty International’s initiative against the Darfur genocide.

 

 

 

 
Frank_Sinatra_laughingOn June 13, 1971, Frank Sinatra performed his “retirement” concert at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, a benefit performance marking the 50th anniversary of the Motion Picture And Television Relief Fund. His 11-song set ended with the song “Angel Eyes” and its last line, “‘S’cuse me … while I … disappear,” after which the spotlight that had been reduced to illuminate only his face was extinguished. Sinatra returned a year and a half later with the legendary comeback album “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back.”

 

 

 
candy-O_-_The_CarsOn June 13, 1979, ‘Candy-O‘ by the Cars was released. The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band’s artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of the Cars. The painting, depicting a girl sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership.

 

 

 

alanis_Morissette_-_Jagged_Little_PillOn June 13, 1995, Alanis Morissette released the album ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ It became a commercial and critical success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. The album produced six singles, including the Grammy nominated “Ironic.” In October 2002, Rolling Stone ranked it #31 on its Women In Rock – The 50 Essential Albums list, and in 2003 the magazine ranked it #327 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 

 
BeatlesVIalbumcoverOn June 14,1965, the Beatles released the album ‘Beatles VI.’ It was the seventh Capitol Records release in the US (including The Beatles’ Story). It was the ninth album released into that market in less than one and a half years (Vee-Jay Records and United Artists Records also released one album each during that period). The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions. ‘Beatles VI’ reached #1 in Billboard for six weeks, beginning on July 10, 1965.

 

 

 

 

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On June 14, 1968, the legendary LP ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida’ by Iron Butterfly was released. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and was given the distinction of being the first album to be awarded platinum status when the RIAA began that achievement level in 1976. Today it is a 4x platinum album with sales of over 30 million copies. It was also Atlantic Records’ biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV.

 

 

 
On June220px-Grateful_Dead_-_Workingman's_Dead 14, 1970, the Grateful Dead released the LP ‘Workingman’s Dead.’ The title of the album comes from a comment from Jerry Garcia to lyricist Robert Hunter about how “this album was turning into the Workingman’s Dead version of the band.” In 2003, the album was ranked #262 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 
220px-Emerson,_Lake_&_Palmer_-_Tarkus_(1971)_front_coverOn June 14, 1971, Emerson, Lake and Palmer released the LP ‘Tarkus ‘in the UK on Island Records, appearing two months later in the US on Cotillion Records. It’s one of only two ELP records to reach the Top 10 in the States, making it to #9 (Trilogy, the following year, got to #5), while in Britain it’s their only number-one album. Additionally, Tarkus spent a total of 17 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. In Japan the album was released on Atlantic Records. Later vinyl reissues were on the Manticore label.

 

 

 

 

LikeaRollingStoneOn June 15, 1965, in New York, Bob Dylan began a two-day recording session that produced his classic “Like A Rolling Stone.” The fourth of 15 takes on the second day was the version released as the single. The track has been described as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan’s voice, and the directness of the question in the chorus: “How does it feel?”. The cut transformed Dylan’s career and is today considered one of the most influential compositions in post-war popular music. The song has been covered by numerous artists, varying from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, The Wailers to Green Day. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Like a Rolling Stone” at the top of their list of “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.” In 2006, Pitchfork Media placed it at number 4 on their list of “The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”.

 

 

220px-Bob_Dylan_-_Street-LegalOn June 15, 1978, ‘Street Legal’ by Bob Dylan was released. It was another gold record for Dylan, but it peaked at only #11 on the US Billboard charts, making it his first studio album to miss the US Top 10 since 1964.

 

 

 

 
220px-Nirvana-BleachOn June 15, 1989, Nirvana‘s debut album ‘Bleach‘ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling “pissed off,” and that he did not regard them highly. The album cover was photographed by Cobain’s then-girlfriend Tracy Marander during a concert at the Reko Muse art gallery in Olympia, Washington.

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending May 23, 2014

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Your Week in Music: All the music news we can cram into 1 column

 

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Did Vinyl Really Die in the ’90s? Well, Sort Of…A record manufacturing executive recently reopened the question, saying singles kept vinyl alive in the mid-’90s. The numbers are more complicated

 

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Nas Launches Record Label, Plans to Release Archival Material and Posthumous Pimp C Album

 

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Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud

 

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Counting Crows Announce New Album

 

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R.E.M. releases surprise 131-track collection of rarities

 

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ROB ZOMBIE Says Being On The Road With ALICE COOPER ‘Was One Of The Best Tours’

 

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Pink Floyd to Release 20th Anniversary Edition of ‘The Division Bell’

 

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Bon Jovi Celebrate Three Decades With Extensive ‘New Jersey’ Reissue – It’s the first of several commemorative releases the band will put out this year

 

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Quincy Jones thinks Michael Jackson’s new ‘Xscape’ album is only about money - Quincy Jones on Q: An exclusive feature interview

 

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Rare Velvet Underground Record Sold for $25k Headed Back to Auction – Vaunted “Scepter Studios” acetate returns to market this summer

 

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Bonnie Raitt’s ‘NICK OF TIME’ Gets Vinyl Treatment on June 24 to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

 

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10 best record stores in the USA

 

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ZZ Top to Release Career-Spanning Compilation

 

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live 1974 Box Set Out This Summer

 

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Preview pre-AC/DC recordings by Angus and Malcolm Young

 

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MASTODON Cover Artist SKINNER Talks About Inspiration For ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’ Art

 

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Here are all 181 songs played by Bruce Springsteen during his most recent tour

 

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Watch Jimmy Page Discuss the Led Zeppelin Reissues on ‘The Tonight Show’

 

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Paul McCartney expected to make ‘complete recovery’

 

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Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers plug in their instruments, deliver surprise performance on Fallon

 

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SPIN’s 30 Best Musical Moments From TV’s Latest Golden Age