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This Week In Music History – September 8 – September 14

beatles1964montreal2On September 8, 1964, the Beatles performed at the Montreal Forum, the 16th city of their famous 1964 North American Tour. The Beatles gave a matinee performance to 9,500 fans in the afternoon followed by a sold-out evening concert before a crowd of 11,500. Opening acts included the Righteous Brothers, Jackie de Shannon, the Bill Black Combo, and the Exciters.

 

 

 

220px-BrothersandsistersallmanbrotherOn September 8, 1973, the Allman Brothers started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Brothers And Sisters.’ The artwork was taken at “the Farm” in Juliette, Georgia and the front features drummer Butch Trucks’ son Vaylor and the back cover featured Berry Oakley’s daughter Brittany. The gate fold spread reveals a photo of the band and their extended families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

adollshouse_300x300On September 9, 1968, while working at Abbey Road studios, the Beatles recorded the ‘White Album’ classic “Helter Skelter.” Eighteen takes, lasting approximately five minutes each were recorded; and the last take was featured on the original LP. It’s reported that after that 18th take, Ringo Starr flung his drum sticks across the studio and screamed, “I got blisters on my fingers!” Also reported that John Lennon played bass and honked on a saxophone, roadie Mal Evans tried his best at playing trumpet. Paul McCartney recorded his lead vocal and George Harrison ran about the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head.

 

 

 
bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbOn September 9, 1978, “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones was released. The song was released as the second single off the album ‘Some Girls.’ It charted at #8 in the US and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and #433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiss_alive_album_coverOn September 10, 1975, KISS released their breakthrough and a landmark for live album ‘Alive.’ was released by KISS. The double-disc set contains live versions of tracks from their first three studio albums, ‘Kiss,’ ‘ Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Dressed to Kill’ and was recorded from concerts in Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Wildwood, New Jersey; and Davenport, Iowa.

 

 

 

 

220px-Smells_Like_Teen_SpiritOn September 10, 1991, Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was released in the US. It is the opening track and lead single from the band’s second album, ‘Nevermind.’ The now legendary cut was written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig. The success of the song propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream. The song peaked at reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is ranked as #9 in Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

 

220px-MMT_posterOn September 11, 1967, filming began for the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The film was unscripted and shooting proceeded on the basis of a mostly handwritten collection of ideas, sketches and situations, which Paul McCartney called the “Scrupt.” The ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus set off for the West Country in England stopping for the night in Teignmouth, Devon were hundreds of fans greeted the fab four at their hotel.

 

 

 

 
220px-Single_Peace_On_Earth-Little_Drummer_Boy_coverOn September 11, 1977, David Bowie and Bing Crosby recorded a duet version of “The Little Drummer Boy” for Crosby’s then-upcoming television special called Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The unlikely duo exchanged scripted dialogue about what they each do for their family Christmases, before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, “Peace on Earth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

monkees_lOn September 12, 1966, the Monkees TV show premiered on NBC. The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from the Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used on rock and roll parody show. The theme song to the Monkees, released as the single “(Theme From) The Monkees” in 1967, is one of the group’s most well known songs. The Monkees won two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (James Frawley).

 

 

 
220px-Aerosmith_PumpOn September 12, 1989, Aerosmith released their tenth studio album ‘Pump.’ It featured the hit singles, “Love In An Elevator,” “The Other Side” and “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The LP album has certified sales of seven million copies in the US. It produced their first Grammy Award (“Janie’s Got a Gun”) and “Love in an Elevator” became the first Aerosmith song to hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was the fourth bestselling album of the year 1990.

 

 

 

 

JohnnyCash1969On September 12, 2003, singer songwriter Johnny Cash died of respiratory failure aged 71. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, known as “The Man in Black.” He traditionally started his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” In 1999, Cash received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Cash No. 31 on their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list.

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Beatles-singles-yesterdayOn September 13, 1965, Yesterday/Act Naturally” was released by the Beatles. Although credited to “Lennon–McCartney,” the song was written solely by Paul McCartney. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone and it remains popular today with more than 2,200 cover versions, and is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

 

 
220px-We_Are_the_World_alternative_coverOn September 13, 1985, “We Are The World” won Best Group Video and the Viewer’s Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” video won four trophies, including Best Video. Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” gets the nod for Best Male Video and Tina Turner won Best Female Video for “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
littleOn September 14, 1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer; Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” So, with only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.” The song managed to make it into the US Top 20 early the following year, but a cover by Pat Boone over shadowed Richard’s version on the pop chart.

 

 

 

220px-Sugar,_sugarOn September 14, 1968, the first episode of the comic strip “The Archies” aired on US television. The recording group had contributions from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others and Don Kirshner (who also brought us The Monkees), was put in charge of the studio group. The following year, the Archies released “Sugar Sugar,” which reached #1 in the US and the UK in 1969.

 

 

 

 

220px-Quadrophenia_movieOn September 14, 1979, the film Quadrophenia was released. Based on the Who’s 1973 rock opera, the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.

 

 

 

 

 
busOn September 14, 2005, the newly refurbished Grateful Dead’s original tour bus went on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. The 1965 Gillig bus, which Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead dubbed ‘Sugar Magnolia’ was used by the band on their frequent tours across the US between 1967 and 1985. The ceiling was lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who had visited the bus.

 

 

This Week In Music History – September 1 – September 7

Rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-sunsetOn September 1, 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio, with the ribbon being cut by an ensemble that included Yoko Ono and Little Richard, among others, before a crowd of more than 10,000 people. The following night an all-star concert was held at the stadium. It featured Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and many others. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives is the world’s most comprehensive repository of materials related to the history of rock and roll.

 

 

 

 
220px-Styx_-_Pieces_of_EightOn September 1, 1978, Styx released their eighth studio album ‘Pieces of Eight.’ The LP achieved triple-platinum certification, thanks to the hit singles “Sing for the Day,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and “Renegade.” The album’s cover was done by Hipgnosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 
angelsOn September 2, 1963, the Angels become the first white all-female group to have a number-one record with the legendary girl group cut “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

 

 

 

 

 

ELM_52On September 2, 1972, the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The promoters expected up to 50,000 music fans however, more than 200,000 attended the festival. Acts that appeared included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned Heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Michaels and Frosty, the Eagles, the Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.

 

 

 

 

 

usfest2On September 3, 1982, Steve Wozniak, the founder of the Apple Computer Company, sponsors a three day music Festival in San Bernardino, California, featuring The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Edmunds, Santana, the B-52′s, The Kinks, The Police, The Cars, Tom Petty and others. Even though the event was attended by over 400,000 people and took in $10 million, the concert still ended up losing money.

 

 

 

 

220px-96tearsalbumOn September 3, 1966, Question Mark And The Mysterians’ “96 Tears” made its debut on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it will eventually reach number one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
BEATLES111On September 4, 1962, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr begin recording together for the first time at EMI’s St. John Studio. They laid down six songs including “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You.”

 

 

 

 

 
Ya-Ya's_Out!_The_Rolling_Stones_in_ConcertOn September 4, 1970, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!,’ a live album by the Rolling Stones, was released on Decca Records in the UK and on London Records in the US. It was recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969. The title of the album was adapted from the song “Get Yer Yas Yas Out” by Blind Boy Fuller.

 

 

 

 

 
Paul_McCartney_during_a_Wings_concert,_1976On September 4, 1971, Paul McCartney scored his second solo, #1 hit in the US with “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey.” Paul explained that “Uncle Albert” was based on his real-life uncle. “He’s someone I recall fondly and when the song was coming, it was like a nostalgia thing… As for Admiral Halsey, he’s one of yours, an American admiral,” referring to Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 
the-doors-456-012913On September 5, 1968, on their first visit to the UK, the Doors appeared on Top of The Pops and performed their hit “Hello I Love You” live on the TV show.

 

 

 

 

 

Janis_Joplin_seated_1970On September 5, 1970, Janis Joplin started recording sessions that included recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee.” Joplin’s version topped the US singles chart in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous #1 single in US chart history after ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

jimiOn September 6, 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final concert appearance when he appeared at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. The guitarist died on Sept 18, 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

Eric_Clapton2_in_1978On September 6, 1968, Eric Clapton recorded the guitar solo for the Beatles’ song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” George Harrison had asked his friend to add a lead guitar solo to the song. Clapton was reluctant; and said, “Nobody ever plays on the Beatles’ records,’ however Harrison convinced him and Clapton’s solo, using Harrison’s Gibson Les Paul electric guitar “Lucy” (a recent gift from Clapton), was recorded that evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sam_Cooke_2On September 7, 1957, Sam Cooke released his first single “You Send Me.” The song has become a landmark record of the soul genre and was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 
Led-Zep-first-performance-7th-sept--1968On September 7, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live debut as Led Zeppelin but were billed as the New Yardbirds at Teen Club in Gladsaxe (a suburb in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark). Around 1,200 youngsters attended the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
moonOn September 7, 1978, Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, died in London after overdosing on Hemenephirin (prescribed to combat alcoholism) at the age of 31. Moon played on all the Who albums from their debut, 1965′s ‘My Generation’ to 1978′s ‘Who Are You.’

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 25 – August 31

 220px-BorntorunOn August 25, 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, ‘Born to Run,’ and the single of the same title. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling six million copies in the US by the year 2000. Two singles were released from the album: “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity. The tracks “Thunder Road” and “Jungleland” became staples of album-oriented rock radio and Springsteen concert high points.

 

 

 

 

220px-BostonBostonOn August 25, 1976, Boston releases its self-titled album. The album’s singles, most notably “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time,” were both AM and FM hits, and nearly the entire album receives constant rotation on classic rock radio. The album has been referred to as a landmark in 1970s rock and has been included on many lists of essential albums. The album has sold 17 million copies in the US alone and 20 million worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-You_Really_Got_Me_coverOn August 26,1964, the Kinks released the single “You Really Got Me” in North America. It was the group’s breakthrough hit; it established them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the US, reaching #7 there later in the year. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #82 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and at #4 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 
Hey_Jude_BeatlesOn August 26, 1968, the Beatles released “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution” in North America, the first single on their own Apple Records label. It was released in the UK four days later. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the UK charts. It also spent nine weeks at #1 in the US—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles single—and tied the record for longest stay at #1 until the record was broken by Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.” The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics’ lists of the greatest songs of all time.

 

 

 
creed_My_Own_PrisonOn August 26, 1997, Creed released their debut album ‘My Own Prison.’ The LP has been certified six times platinum and is one of the top 200 selling albums of all time in the US. The person kneeling on the album’s cover is Justin Brown, a friend of the band. The picture was taken by guitarist Mark Tremonti’s brother, Daniel, for a photography class. The album has spent over 150 weeks on the catalog albums chart and over 110 weeks on the Billboard 200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

stevieOn August 27, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time.

 

 

 
220px-PearlJam-Ten2On August 27, 1991, Pearl Jam released ‘Ten.’ The album produced three hit singles: “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy.” While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time, ‘Ten’ was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream. In February 2013, the album crossed the 10 million mark in sales and has been certified 13x platinum by RIAA.

 

 

 

 
220px-PearlJam-NoCodeOn August 27, 1996, Pearl Jam released their fourth studio album, ‘No Code.’ Although No Code debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, it left a large section of the band’s fanbase unsatisfied and quickly fell down the charts. The album became the first Pearl Jam album to not reach multi-platinum status, receiving a single platinum certification by the RIAA in the United States.

 

 

 

 
220px-Dixie_Chicks_HomeOn August 27, 2002, the Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album, ‘Home.’ The album was nominated at the 45th Grammy Awards for 6 awards, including their second attempt for Album of the Year. The group went home with 4 in 2003, including Best Country Album, Best Recording Package, Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Lil’ Jack Slade”, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Long Time Gone.” The album was certified 6× Multi-platinum status by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are_We_Not_Men_We_Are_Devo!On August 28, 1978, Devo released their debut album called ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo.’ Produced by Brian Eno, it was recorded primarily in Cologne, Germany and released in the US by Warner Bros. Records company. The album received somewhat mixed reviews from critics and peaked at #12 on the UK album charts and #78 on the US Billboard charts.

 

 

 

 
220px-Green_Day_-_Boulevard_of_Broken_Dreams_coverOn August 28, 2005, Green Day cleaned up at this years MTV awards held in Miami winning seven awards including, Video of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the Viewer’s Choice Award. Best Male Video went to Kanye West for “Jesus Walks,” Best Choreography went to Gwen Stefani for “Hollaback Girl” and Breakthrough Video went to Gorillaz for “Feel Good Inc.” The awards went ahead despite concerns over Hurricane Katrina, which hit Florida last week, and after a shooting at a pre-awards party. Record boss Suge Knight was shot in the leg during at a party for Kanye West.

 

 

 

 

 
66_beatles_001On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) brought cameras on stage and took pictures between songs. During this tour, the Beatles did not play a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver.’ They finished the show with a version of Little Richards “Long Tall Sally.” After the show, George Harrison was heard half-joking, “Well, that’s it. I’m not a Beatle anymore.”

 

 

 
OasisDefinitelyMaybealbumcoverOn August 29, 1994, Oasis’ first studio album, ‘Definitely Maybe,’ was released. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles “Supersonic”, “Shakermaker” and “Live Forever.” The album went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide and brought widespread critical acclaim.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Chandler_Duke_EarlOn August 30, 1961, 24 year old Gene Chandler records “Duke Of Earl” for Vee Jay Records. It will become the label’s first #1 and first million seller next February. This song was a 2002 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

 

 

 

 
Bob_Dylan_-_Highway_61_RevisitedOn August 30, 1965, Bob Dylan released his second electric guitar album, ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ Leading with the hit single “Like a Rolling Stone,” the album features songs that Dylan has continued to perform live over his long career, including “Ballad of a Thin Man” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” He named the album after the major American highway which connected his birthplace, Duluth, Minnesota, to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and the Delta blues area of Mississippi. The LP peaked at #3 in the US charts and #4 in the UK. The album was ranked #4 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” “Like a Rolling Stone” was listed at #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

 

 

 

TheByrdsSweetheartoftheRodeoOn August 30, 1968, the Byrds released their sixth album, ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.’ Recorded with the addition of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country-rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, ‘The Notorious Byrd Brothers.’ The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, the album is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country-rock album.

 

 

 

 

 
Goats_Head_SoupOn August 31, 1974, the Rolling Stones released ‘Goat’s Head Soup.’ It featured the song “Angie,” which went to #1 as a single in the US and top 5 in the UK. At the time of release, Jagger said, “I really feel close to this album, and I really put all I had into it… I guess it comes across that I’m more into songs. It wasn’t as vague as the last album which kind of went on so long that I didn’t like some of the things. There’s more thought to this one. It was recorded all over the place over about two or three months. The tracks are much more varied than the last one. I didn’t want it to be just a bunch of rock songs.”

 

 

 
flyyOn August 31, 1999, the Dixie Chicks released their album, ‘Fly.’ The band’s fifth studio LP, it was very successful for the group, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. It has received diamond status by the RIAA on June 25, 2002 in the United States, for shipments of 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Ready to Run and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of Ready to Run, Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 18 – August 24

ringo-starr_010On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with the Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. This was the first appearance of the Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

 

 

 

 

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On August 18,1969, the Woodstock festival closes after morning performances by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na and finally, at 9 AM, Jimi Hendrix, who performs his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Bon_jovi_slippery_when_wetOn August 18, 1986, Bon Jovi released their third studio album, ‘Slippery When Wet,’ which peaked at #1 on the US charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide. The set featured two US chart toppers, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitches_brewOn August 19, 1969, at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York City, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis began three days of recording sessions for the jazz-rock fusion album ‘Bitches Brew,’ which became his first Gold record. Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul were among the musicians who took part in the groundbreaking recording. Upon release, it received a mixed response, due to the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians.

 

 

 

The_Monkees_1966On August 19, 1968, the final “Monkees” TV show aired on NBC. The last song performed on the show was “Zor And Zam.” Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972 . The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from the Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used on The Monkees.

 

 

 

 

Fleetwood_Mac_-_The_DanceOn August 19, 1997, Fleetwood Mac’s reunion album ‘The Dance’ was released. This was the last Fleetwood Mac album to feature Christine McVie, who departed the group a year after the album’s release. Debuting at #1 in the Billboard 200, the LPe became the fifth best-selling live album of all time in the US, with over 5 million copies sold. The concert was recorded for Fleetwood Mac’s MTV The Dance special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on May 23, 1997, and features the University of Southern California Marching Band who perform on the tracks “Tusk” and “Don’t Stop.”

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 20, 1969, after finishing “I Want You, (She’s So Heavy),” the Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of “Octopus’s Garden” and “Oh! Darling” was reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios. (later three of the Beatles came together in the studio to overdub tracks from the ‘Let It Be’ sessions.)

 

 

 

On August 20240px-Mick_Jagger_in_red, 1973, the Rolling Stones released “Angie,” a Mick Jagger composition that is rumored to be written about David Bowie’s wife, Angela Barnett. In fact, the song was written almost entirely by Keith Richards, whose daughter Dandelion Angela had just been born, and the name was one of Richards’ contributions to the lyrics. Keith Richards has since written in his autobiography that Angie at the time was his nickname for heroin during his attempt to detox in Germany, to once and for all “say good by.” 

 

 

 

 

Prince_GraffitiOn August 20, 1990, Prince released his 12th studio album, the soundtrack for the Prince movie, ‘Graffiti Bridge.’ The album produced the hit singles “Thieves in the Temple” and “New Power Generation,” an anthem in two parts celebrating Prince’s newly created backing band, The New Power Generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, “Crazy.” She was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Cline’s version is #85 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1965, Barry McGuire’s “Eve Of Destruction” was released. The single was released by Dunhill Records. The accompanying musicians who recorded the legendary cut were top-tier LA session players: P. F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass. The vocal track was thrown on as a rough mix and was not intended to be the final version, but a copy of the recording “leaked” out to a DJ, who began playing it. The song was an instant hit and as a result the more polished vocal track that was at first envisioned was never recorded. The single hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

 

 

 

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On August 21, 1997, Oasis’ third album ‘Be Here Now’, became one of the fastest selling albums ever, selling over a million copies on the first day of release. As of 2008, the album had sold eight million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On August 22, 1906, the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture the Victrola (record player). The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, retailed for $200. Records were purchased separately, usually in the appliance stores that sold the machines, at a cost of between $1 and $7. Famed conductor John Philip Sousa predicted “a marked deterioration in American music” and said that generations of amateur musicians would give way to “canned music.”

 

 

 

 

Chipmunks_Beatles_USOn August 22, 1964, Liberty Records reported the album “The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles” was selling 25,000 copies a day. The stereo mix of the album mimics the stereo mixing of the early Beatles albums, with vocals predominantly in one channel and the instrumental backing in the other. In a December 1982 Goldmine magazine interview, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. remembered that his father “thought it would be a cute idea for a Chipmunk record and he spoke with the Beatles. When he was in London, he even met the Beatles, who were very supportive of the idea.”

 

 

 

 

HeyjudealbumOn August 22, 1969, before filming a video for “The Long and Winding Road,” the Beatles held their last group photo shoot on the lawn of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s home in Tittenhurst in Ascot, England. Three pictures from this session were used for the front and back covers of the compilation album ‘Hey Jude.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatles_-_She_Loves_YouOn August 23, 1963, the Beatles’ single “She Loves You” with “I’ll Get You” on the flip side is released in the UK. There was tremendous anticipation ahead of the release – thousands of fans had ordered the group’s next single as early as June, well before a title had been known. By the day before it went on sale, some 500,000 advanced orders had been placed for it. The single set several British sales records. It will enter the British charts on August 31st and remain there for thirty-one consecutive weeks, eighteen of those in the top three.

 

 

 

 

NothingsShockingOn Aug. 23, 1988,  Jane’s Addiction’s official studio debut ‘Nothing’s Shocking’ was released. It is often cited as the group’s best albums. But, despite this, it peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200. The single “Jane Says” reached #6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The album was ranked #312 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.” Perry Farrell created the cover image which features a sculpture of a pair of nude female conjoined twins sitting on a sideways rocking chair with their heads on fire. Farrell said the image, like much of his artwork, came to him in a dream.

 

 

 

 

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On August 24, 1956, at the 20th Century Fox Stage 1 in Los Angeles, Elvis Presley recorded his immortal cut “Love Me Tender.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard charts the week ending November 3, 1956, remaining in the position for 5 weeks and reached #11 on the charts in the UK. “Love Me Tender” also reached number three for three weeks on the R&B chart. It was also an achievement as “Love Me Tender” succeeded another Presley single, “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” at #1. This occurrence marked two important events in Billboard history. During this time, Elvis accomplished another record; the longest consecutive stay at number one by a single artist, sixteen weeks, though this was tied by Boyz II Men in 1994 and stood for eight years until being surpassed by R&B singer Usher in 2004 who spent 19 weeks at the top of the charts.

 

 

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On August 24, 1966, the Doors started recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

 

 

On AuQueengust 24, 1975, Queen started recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield studio’s in Monmouth, Wales – the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. Brian May, Mercury and Roger Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for 10 to 12 hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

 

 

 

 

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 28 – August 3

black_Sabbath_SabotageOn July 28, 1975, Black Sabbath released their sixth studio album, ‘Sabotage,’ in North America. The LP peaked at #7 in the UK and at #28 in the US. It was certified Silver (60,000 units sold) in the UK by the BPI on 1 December 1975 and Gold in the US on 16 June 1997, but was the band’s first release not to achieve platinum status in the US. Songs such as “Hole in the Sky,” and “Symptom of the Universe” became fan favorites.

 

 

 

 

R_E_M__-_Lifes_Rich_PageantOn July 28, 1986, R.E.M. released their fourth album, ‘Life’s Rich Pageant.’ The cover of the album depicts drummer Bill Berry on the upper part of the cover and a pair of bison. On the vinyl and cassette releases, R.E.M. labeled side one (tracks 1-6) as the “Dinner side” and side two (tracks 7-12) as the “Supper side.”

 

 

 

 
220px-What'sThe411_On July 28, 1992, Mary J. Blige released her debut album ‘What’s the 411?’ The album spawned six singles, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.” The album eventually sold 3.4 million copies and was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blowin_in_the_Wind_PPMOn July 29, 1963, Peter, Paul & Mary released their single of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind,” a song Dylan later claimed he “probably wrote in about ten minutes.” The trio’s version, which was used as the title track of their third album, peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. The single sold a phenomenal three hundred thousand copies in the first week of release and made the song world famous. Peter Yarrow recalled that, when he told Dylan he would make more than $5,000 (in 1963 dollars) from the publishing rights, Dylan was speechless. Peter, Paul & Mary’s version of the song also spent five weeks atop the easy listening chart.

 

 

 

HelponesheetOn July 29, 1965, the Beatles’ second movie, “Help!,” premiered in London with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance. The film had its North American premiere in New York on August 11 and went into wide release August 25. Critics didn’t like the movie as much as “A Hard Day’s Night” and John Lennon commented that “the best stuff is on the cutting room floor.” Later the film earned first prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

220px-Hall_Oates_VoicesOn July 29, 1980, Daryl Hall & John Oates released their ninth studio album, ‘Voices,’ the first album they produced themselves. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17.

 

 

 

 

 

 
headsOn July 30, 1965, the Rolling Stones released the LP ‘Out Of Our Heads’ in the US. The LP was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit “The Last Time” and the worldwide #1 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” In 2003 the US edition was listed as #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 

 

 

Sublime_Self-TitledOn July 30, 1996, Sublime released their self-titled debut album. The album was a major commercial success, selling over 6 million copies by 2010 and etching Sublime into a permanent place among the stars of mid-90s alternative rock. The album was faithful to Sublime’s ska, dub, and reggae influences, with tempos ranging from the frantic — such as “Seed,” “Same in the End,” and “Paddle Out” — to the slow and deliberate, such as “Pawn Shop” and “Jailhouse.”

 

 

 

 
220px-Springsteen_The_RisingOn July 30, 2002, Bruce Springsteen released his 12th studio album, ‘The Rising,’ with songs inspired by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. It was his first studio album in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of over 520,000 copies. The album also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003; although nominated for the Album of the Year award as well, it was beaten by Norah Jones’ debut album ‘Come Away with Me.’ The title song “The Rising” was also a Grammy recipient.

 

 

 

 

 
300px-Blue_Oyster_Cult_1977_publicity_photoOn July 31, 1976, Blue Oyster Cult’s epic cut “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was released (from their 1976 album, ‘Agents of Fortune’) The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of November 6 and November 13, 1976. The song remained on the charts for 20 weeks. It was written and sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and it is built around Dharma’s guitar riff that opens the song and repeats throughout. A cowbell is used in the background, although there are differing accounts as to who played it.

 

 

 

JourneyEscapealbumcoverOn July 31, 1981, Journey released ‘Escape,’ their seventh studio album and eighth overall. It spawned three Top 10 singles: “Don’t Stop Believin’” (which peaked at #9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), and “Open Arms” (#2). It was a massive success, being certified nine times platinum by the RIAA and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. It is recognized by fans and critics as one of the greatest and most successful arena rock albums of the 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
oh,_Pretty_Woman_Single_CoverOn August 1, 1964, at Fred Foster Sound Studio in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded “Oh, Pretty Woman.” The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1999, the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #222 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

Concert_For_Bangladesh_CoverOn August 1, 1971, the Concert for Bangla Desh was staged to raise money for victims of famine and war in that country. The show featured George Harrison, with some help from his friends Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar and some members of Bad Finger. The three disc live album from the show reached #1 in the UK and #2 in the US in 1972, as well as winning a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief.

 

 

 
mtvOn August 1, 1981, MTV made its debut at 12:01am. The first video to be shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

 

 

 

 

 
Apple_20_sleeveOn August 2, 1969, Paul McCartney presented his demo of the song “Come And Get It” to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys). The single was released on Apple Records on December 5, 1969 in the UK, but not until January 12, 1970 in the US. “Come and Get It” was a hit single for the band, peaking at #7 in the US, and #4 in the UK. It was the opening theme for the film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney produced the track.

 

 

 

 

220px-American_graffiti_ver1On August 2, 1973, ‘American Graffiti’ premiered in Los Angeles and became something of a surprise hit. The film, centered on a group of teenagers growing up on the West coast of the US in the 1960s, cost just over $700,000 to make, but has garnered an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office receipts and home video sales. The soundtrack album reached #10 in America and has been certified triple Platinum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John LennonOn August 3, 1963, the Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the very last time, a month after the band recorded “She Loves You” and just six months before the Beatles’ first trip to the US They had made 292 appearances at the dingy, basement club since their debut there 2½ years earlier. Their first gig paid them $14 and their last brought in $840. At the time, Brian Epstein promised the club’s owners that the Beatles would return someday, but it was a promise that was never fulfilled.

 

 

 

 

220px-Def_Leppard_-_Hysteria_(vinyl_version)On August 3, 1987, Def Leppard released their album ‘Hysteria.’ Clocking in at 62 and a half minutes, the album was, at the time, one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record. It is the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 18, 2014

20140712-radiohead-600-1405190213Radiohead to Begin Work on New Album in September

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thNeil Young Cancels Crazy Horse Concert In Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

147831684KISS Announce 2014 Las Vegas Residency Shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

 

 

 

 

 

 

deeppurplegraz1975Historic Deep Purple ‘Graz 1975′ CD, 2LP, And Digital Audio Due In September

 

 

 

 

 

 

blink-182-confirm-new-albumBlink-182 Announce New Album on Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

1404805324000-Bitter-Tears-Revisited-final-cover-353xJohnny Cash Tribute Album to Feature Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and More

 

 

 

 

 

 

blueBlue Note Records Continues 75th Anniversary Celebrations

 

 

 

 

 
toolTool reveal the real reason why they haven’t released a new album in eight years

 

 

 

 

 

ooooooooooooArcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallett, More Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-beatles-circa-1966-650-430Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

 

 

 

 

 

 

rrrrrHalfway To Insanity: How The Ramones Changed Heavy Metal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smashing Pumpkins” Intimate 1998 Masterpiece ‘Adore’ Set For Reissue In September

 

 

 

 

 

macdemobundleMac DeMarco to release demos from 2 and Salad Days on vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linkin-Park-Black-Keys-Jack-WhiteLinkin Park, The Black Keys, Jack White + More Earn 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

 

 

 

 

 

 
jimihendrix-x600-1405632252Jimi Hendrix’s Early Recordings as a Sideman to Get Proper Release – Hendrix’s recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires will be issued over next three years

 

 

 

 

 

seedsThe Seeds Celebrated with Documentary Featuring Iggy Pop, Bruce Johnston

 

 

 

 

 

 
140716-fair-digital-dealsIndie Giants Unite for ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’ – Domino, Sub Pop among labels calling for more transparent dealings with streaming services

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 - Day 1 - ShowEric Clapton’s Future Plans: Quit the Road, Make a New Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

slash-breaking-bad-sequelKickstarter’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Sequel Stars Slash as Walter White Nemesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

pppppppppppppWatch The Pitchfork Music Festival Live Stream – Live from Union Park, Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling Stones_promoFB_0625-13Keith Richards Hints at Rolling Stones Activity: ‘There’s Something in the Air’

 

 

 

 

 

newport-folk-festival-353xNPR Music Returns For 2014′s Newport Folk Festival

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 7 – July 13

220px-ElvisPresley_ThatsAllRight_Sun_209_45On July 7, 1954, producer Sam Phillips took a recording of Elvis Presley singing “That’s All Right” to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. On hearing the news that Dewey was going to play his record, Presley went to the local movie theater to calm his nerves. Phillips played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again. “That’s All Right” was officially released on July 19, 1954. Rolling Stone magazine argued in a 2004 article that Presley’s recording of “That’s All Right” was the first rock-and-roll record.

 

 

 

AbbeyRoadOn July 7, 1969, George Harrison recorded his new song, “Here Comes the Sun,” with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, at Abbey Road Studios in London. John Lennon was absent, recovering from a car crash in Scotland. The following day he taped his lead vocals, and he and McCartney recorded their backing vocals twice to give a fuller sound. A harmonium and handclaps were added on July 16th. Harrison added an electric guitar run through a Leslie speaker on August 6th, and the orchestral parts (George Martin’s score for two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes and two clarinets) were added on August 15th. The track was finally completed four days later with the addition of Harrison’s Moog synthesizer part. The song was included on the now famous ‘Abbey Road’ LP.

 

 

220px-Styx_-_The_Grand_IllusionOn July 7, 1977, Styx released their seventh studio album, ‘The Grand Illusion.’ It launched the band to stardom, spawning the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself” and selling over three million copies in the US. The album cover art, created by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, is an homage to a painting by René Magritte entitled “Le Blanc-Seing”.

 

 

 

 

mannheim_7-2-80-7On July 7, 1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The concert was the last scheduled stop on a 14-date European tour in support of the group’s most recent (and ultimately final) studio album, 1979′s ‘In Through the Out Door.‘ The set included “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir,” “Trampled Underfoot” and “Stairway to Heaven.”  They finished the show with a 17-minute version of “Whole Lotta Love.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nowhere_Man-The_BeatlesOn July 8, 1966, the Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included: “Drive My Car,” “Michelle” and “You Won’t See Me.” The EP was only released in mono, with the catalogue number Parlophone GEP 8952. All four tracks were taken from the Beatles sixth UK studio album, ‘Rubber Soul.’

 

 

 

 

jimi-Evening-Standard-HultoOn July 8, 1967, in Jacksonville, Florida, Jimi Hendrix opened for the Monkees on their latest tour. The band loved him, but the audience kept screaming for Davy Jones. Hendrix was dropped after six shows and told his act was not suitable for the Monkees’ teenybopper audience.

 

 

 

 

Go-Go'sBeautyandtheBeatalbumcoverOn July 8, 1981, the Go-Go’s released their debut album, ‘Beauty and the Beat.’ The LP sold in excess of two million copies and reached double platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked #414 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is now widely considered as one of the cornerstone albums of 1980′s new wave music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Dick_Clark_American_Bandstand_1961On July 9, 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. He took over from Bob Horn, who had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police crackdown. The show’s name would be changed to American Bandstand when it went to ABC-TV in 1957. Clark relinquished his hosting duties in 1989 to 26 year-old David Hirsch, but the program died within a matter of months. Still, it had been on the air for 37 years – a record for a television variety show.

 

 

 

blowingUnauthorizedOn July 9, 1962, Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ In the Wind” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

 

200px-Jerry_Garcia_1968On July 9, 1995, the Grateful Dead give their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Jerry would die of a heart attack a month later while in drug rehab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry_Nilsson_Son_of_SchmilssonOn July 10, 1972, Harry Nilsson’s album, ‘Son of Schmilsson’ was released in the US. Most of the recording sessions for this album were extensively filmed at the request of Nilsson. They were to be edited for a planned documentary called, Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? which was never released commercially. It featured George Harrison under the name George Harrysong and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare, on some of the tracks.

 

 

 

 

KinksLowBudgetOn July 10, 1979, the Kinks released the album ‘Low Budget’ in North America. The Kinks recorded the LP in the US and launched an extensive concert tour in America to support the album. Six of the eleven songs from the album are included on the double-live album ‘One for the Road’ which was recorded in 1979 and 1980 during the Low Budget tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RollStones-Single1969_HonkyTonkWomenOn July 11, 1969, the Rolling Stones released the single “Honky Tonk Women” in North America. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on holiday in Brazil from late December 1968 to early January 1969. Inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matão, São Paulo, the song was originally released as an acoustic country song. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in August/September of 1969. Ranked #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.

 

 

 

Fleetwood_Mac_-_Fleetwood_MacOn July 11, 1975, Fleetwood Mac released their second self-titled album. The first one was issued in 1968. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart. It launched three top twenty singles: “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon” and “Say You Love Me,” the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at #11. In 1976, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of five million units. In 2003, the album was ranked #182 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 

 
voodooLounge94On July 11, 1994, the Rolling Stones released the album ‘Voodoo Lounge,’ the first album without their long-time bass guitarist Bill Wyman, who left the group in early 1993. As their first new release under their new alliance with Virgin Records, it ended a five-year gap since their last studio album, ‘Steel Wheels’ in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RollingStones02PA241011On July 12, 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee club in London. Their line-up consisted of lead vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, Dick Taylor on bass, pianist Ian Stewart and Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums. Avory and Taylor would be replaced by Tony Chapman on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. Chapman didn’t work out and drummer Charlie Watts completed the Stones’ line-up in January 1963.

 

 

 

 
Beach_boys_california_girlsOn July 12, 1965, the Beach Boys released the single “California Girls.” It is one of The Beach Boys’ most famous songs and has been included on countless greatest hits compilations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included the song in its of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.” In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 71st on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “California Girls” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

 

 

disco600On July 12, 1979, Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl held the infamous Disco Demolition in between games of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Dahl burned Disco records brought by fans who received discount admission. Some of those fans decided to start their own fires and a mini-riot ensued, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
230px-LiveAidlogoOn July 13, 1985, the first Live Aid concerts were held at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at Wembley Stadium in London. Producer Bob Geldof headed the effort by attracting big name artists such as Paul McCartney, The Who, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins. The performances were shown live via satellite for 18 consecutive hours and helped raise millions of dollars for starving people in Ethiopia.

 

 

 

 

220px-Michael_jackson_bad_cd_cover_1987_cddaOn July 13, 1987, representatives of fifty of America’s largest record retailers are guests at Michael Jackson’s home in Encino, California to preview his new album, ‘Bad.’ The LP, which includes the singles, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana,” would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

 

This Week In Music History – June 30 – July 6

220px-Love_gun_coverOn June 30, 1977, Kiss released the LP ‘Love Gun.’ It is notable for being their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley and it was the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature the entire original Kiss lineup on every track. A cardboard “Love Gun” (assembly required) was included inside the album. The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly. The LP was certified Platinum, two weeks after its release.

 

 

 

220px-Queen_The_GameOn June 30, 1980, Queen released their eighth studio album ‘The Game.’ It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became their best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” both of which reached #1 in the US.

 

 

 

 

220px-TruebluealbumOn June 30, 1986, Madonna released the album ‘True Blue.’ The album was an immediate global success, reaching #1 in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US. The album’s singles and their accompanying music videos have sparked debates among scholars and social groups and it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of more than 25 million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Beatles_She_Loves_YouOn July 1, 1963, the Beatles recorded “She Loves You,” which was released in August (in the UK and 9/6/63 in the US) and become the group’s second UK #1 hit. Adding to the song’s popularity among young people was the phrase “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” which was looked down upon by British establishment and in some quarters was seen to hail “the collapse of civilized society.” It was done on a two-track recording machine and in November 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “She Loves You” #64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 
BigpinkOn July 1, 1968, the Band released their first album ‘Music From Big Pink.’ It employs a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968. The LP included the song “The Weight,” which peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in the US. The song was a bigger hit elsewhere, peaking at #35 in Canada, and #21 in the UK. The album peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart in 1968.

 

 

 
220px-Wolfman_Jack_in_1979On July 1, 1995, pop culture icon and legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack, who appeared in the movie American Graffiti, died of a heart attack at the age of 57 at his home in Belvidere, North Carolina. He had risen to fame in the mid-1960s and was immortalized in 1974 by The Guess Who’s “Clap For The Wolfman,” on which his raspy voice is heard in the background. Wolfman Jack released two albums on the Wooden Nickel label: Wolfman Jack (1972) and Through the Ages (1973). His 1972 single “I Ain’t Never Seen a White Man” hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts. Wolfman Jack was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1996, and into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

 

 

 

elvisCruelDogOn July 2, 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” It was also the first time Elvis worked with the Jordanaires as his vocal backup group. Presley first performed “Hound Dog” to a nationwide television audience on The Milton Berle Show on June 5, 1956, his second appearance with Berle. “Hound Dog” sold over 4 million copies in the US on its first release. It was his best selling single and starting in July 1956, it spent a record eleven weeks at #1. It stayed in the #1 spot until it was replaced by “Love Me Tender,” also recorded by Elvis. “Hound Dog” was initially released as the B-side to the single “Don’t Be Cruel” on July 13, 1956. Both sides of the record topped the charts independently, a rare feat. The single also topped all three extant Billboard charts: pop, country & western, and rhythm & blues, the first record in history to do so. In March 2005, Q magazine placed Presley’s version at No. 55 in its list of the Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #19 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the highest ranked of Presley’s eleven entries.

 
Neil_Young_Rust_Never_SleepsOn July 2, 1979, Neil Young released the album ‘Rust Never Sleeps.’ The bulk of the album was recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with overdubs added. Audience noise was removed as much as possible, although it is clearly audible at certain points, most noticeably on the opening and closing songs. The album is half acoustic and half electric, opening and closing with different versions of the same song; “Hey Hey, My My.” The album won the 1979 Rolling Stone Critics Poll for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked #350 on the same magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 

 

On July 3, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” written mostly by Paul McCartney, who sang lead on the track. John Lennon openly hated the song and left the studio during the session. When he returned, reportedly under the influence of marijuana, Lennon went immediately to the piano and played the opening chords much louder and faster than before. He claimed that was how the song should be played, and that is the version they ended up using.

 

 

 

Brian_Jones_1965On July 3, 1969, the Rolling Stones original lead guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool, just three weeks after he was kicked out of the band. The official cause was recorded as “death by misadventure.” Reports say that Jones had sunk into substance abuse and he was frequently strung out on barbiturates, LSD and alcohol and was no longer able to function as a musician. Original Stones bassist Bill Wyman said of Jones, “He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. … Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it — highly intelligent — and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.”

 

 

 

Jim_Morrison_1969On July 3, 1971, while on sabbatical in France, the Doors’ lead singer, Jim Morrison died of heart failure and acute respiratory distress. News of his death wasn’t made public until after his burial in a Paris cemetery on July 9th. Morrison was well known for often improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live. Due to his wild personality and over-the-edge performances, he is regarded by many critics and music fans as one of the most iconic, charismatic, and pioneering frontmen in rock music history.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-The_FabsOn July 4, 1966, the Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The band failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresented this as a deliberate snub, and when Brian Epstein tried to make a televised statement, his comments were disrupted by static. As the Beatles made their way to the airport the next day, they were greeted by angry mobs as the Philippine government retaliated by refusing them police protection.

 

 

 

atlantaPopFestival1969On July 4, 1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Grand Funk Railroad, Johnny Rivers, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Spirit, Chicago Transit Authority, Ten Wheel Drive, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band performed at the two-day Atlanta International Pop Festival at the Atlanta International Raceway. Grand Funk’s performance led to Capitol Records signing them to a record deal.

 

 

 

 

220px-GivechanceOn July 4, 1969, the single “Give Peace a Chance” by the Plastic Ono Band was released in the UK. It was issued in North America three days later. Written by John Lennon while the Beatles were officially still together, the song is one of three Lennon solo songs, along with “Instant Karma!” and “Imagine,” in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It became an anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s. It peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the British singles chart.

 

 

 
Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_-_Creedence_Clearwater_RevivalOn July 5, 1968, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album, which included the track that would be edited to become their breakthrough single, “Suzie Q.” The LP also included a blistering remake of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic “I Put a Spell on You.” The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.

 

 

 

 

220px-Hootie_&_the_Blowfish_-_Cracked_Rear_ViewOn July 5, 1994, Hootie & the Blowfish released the album ‘Cracked Rear View.’ It was the highest-selling album of 1995 and it is the joint 16th-best-selling album of all time in the US. ‘Cracked Rear View’ reached #1 on the Billboard 200 five times over the course of 1995. The album also reached #1 in Canada and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

 

The famous photo of the Quarrymen playing at St. Peter's Church garden fête, where Lennon and McCartney first met. From left to right: Griffiths, Hanton, Davis, Lennon, Shotton, Garry

The famous photo of the Quarrymen playing at St. Peter’s Church garden fête, where Lennon and McCartney first met.

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at the Woolton Church Parish Fete where the Quarry Men were appearing. As the Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played “Twenty Flight Rock” (Eddie Cochran) and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 
aHard_Days_night_movieposterOn July 6, 1964, the film ‘A Hard Day’s Night ‘premieres in the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool. Hundreds of thousands line the streets for a parade from the airport to the city center. The film set records at the London Pavilion by grossing over $20,000 in the first week, ultimately becoming so popular that more than 1,600 prints were in circulation simultaneously.

 

 

 

 

TheB-52'sTheB-52'sOn July 6, 1979, the debut album by the Athens, Georgia-based New Wave rock band the B-52′s was released. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who went on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd). The album peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200 and “Rock Lobster” reached #56 on the Hot 100. In 2003, the television network VH1 named the B-52′s the 99th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked #152 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 

inTheDarkLPCoverOn July 6, 1987, the Grateful Dead released ‘In The Dark,’ the band’s 12th studio album and first in six years. The peppy “Touch of Grey” became their only single to reach the top ten (and, for that matter, top 40) on the Billboard Hot 100; it also became a frequently played music video on MTV. “Hell in a Bucket” and “Throwing Stones” also achieved significant album-oriented rock radio airplay. The album itself reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart, again the highest ranking the group would ever have.

 

 

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.