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New Music Releases – September 16, 2014

newre2Some super vinyl to be had this week including Metallica’s reissues (‘…and Justice For All,’ ‘Death Magnetic,’ ‘Kill ‘em All’ and ‘Ride the Lightning’), 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin,’’ four Beach Boys reissues (’20/20,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Love You’ and ‘The Beach Boys In Concert’), Jimi Hendrix reissues of ‘Cry of Love’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge,’ Phish’s reissue of ‘A Picture of Nectar’ and Grateful Dead’s 5 LP set ‘Live At the Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976;’ to name a few.

 

 

50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (reissue) (2xLP)
Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll – Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll (10″)
Aidan Baker – Triptychs: Variations on a Melody
Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You (reissue)
Allah-Las – Worship the Sun (colored vinyl)
American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade (pre-order) (vinyl)
Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
Anjou – Anjou (vinyl)
Anthrax – Chile On Hell (DVD)
Antonio Pinto and Ed Cortes – City of God OST (vinyl)
AntropomorphiA – Rites Of Perversion
Apocalyptica – Cult (reissue)
Apocalyptica – Reflections (reissue)
Arkells – High Noon
Ballet School – The Dew Lasts an Hour
Barbra Streisand – Partners
Baths – Ocean Death (12″)
Beach Boys – 20/20 (reissue) (vinyl)
Beach Boys – Friends (reissue) (vinyl)
Beach Boys – Love You (reissue) (vinyl)
Beach Boys – The Beach Boys In Concert (reissue) (vinyl)
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (vinyl)
Big Mess – You Are My Sunshine (colored vinyl)
Black Moth – Condemned To Hope
Black Rain – Dark Pool (vinyl)
Bleached – For the Feel (7″)
Bloodbath – Bloodbath Over Bloodstock
Bloodtruth – Obedience
Bolt Thrower – Who Dares Wins (reissue) (vinyl)
Bostich and Fussible – Motel Baja (vinyl)
BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip to Be Woman
Brotherhood – Till Death…(vinyl)
Buddy Tate / Buddy Tate Quartet – The Texas Tenor (reissue)
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches (vinyl)
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Cathedral – The Carnival Bizarre (reissue)
Cecil Taylor – Live at the Café Montmartre (reissue) (vinyl)
Charlie Haden / Keith Jarrett – Last Dance (vinyl)
Chris Brown – X
Cliff Martinez – The Knick OST
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (reissue) (vinyl)
Colossus – Badlands
Dark Horses – Hail Lucid State
David Lynch & Alan R. Splet – Eraserhead: Orignal Soundtrack Recording
Deacon Blue – New House
Death Penatly – Death Penatly (vinyl)
Dr. John – High Priest of Psychedelic Voodoo
Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes (vinyl)
Edwin Starr – Involved (expanded edition) (reissue)
Edwin Starr – Soul Master (expanded edition) (reissue)
Ellen Allien – Freak (12″)
Engineers – Always Returning
English Dogs – The Thing With Two Heads
Flamin’ Groovies – Jumpin’ in the Night (reissue)
Flowers – Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do (vinyl)
Flyleaf – Between the Stars
Franz Ferdinand – Late Night Tales: Franz Ferdinand
Free Throw – Those Days Are Gone (vinyl)
Frightwig – War on Women (7″)
Gazelle Twin – Unflesh (vinyl)
Generationals – Alix (vinyl)
George Shearing – It’s Easy to Remember (reissue)
George Strait – Cowboy Rides Away: Live From At&T Stadium
Glass Ghost – LYFE (vinyl)
Grateful Dead – Live At the Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976 (5xLP)
GRMLN – Soon Away (colored vinyl)
Gust – Gust (vinyl)
Hamish Kilgour – All Of It And Nothing
Harlan T. Bobo – Too Much Love (reissue)
Hate Eternal – Conquering the Throne
Hostage Calm – Die On Stage (vinyl)
Ides of Gemini – Old World New Wave
Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will (vinyl)
Isabel Rose – Trouble In Paradise
James – Le Petite Mort (2xLP)
Jason Feathers – De Oro
Jason Moran – All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller
Jesse Winchester – A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble
Jimi Hendrix – Cry of Love (reissue) (vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix – Rainbow Bridge (reissue) (vinyl)
John Mellencamp – Plain Spoken
Johnnyswim – Diamonds (vinyl)
Kenny Drew – Undercurrent (reissue) (vinyl)
Kilo Kish – Across (vinyl)
kim ki o – Bir, Iki…(vinyl)
Kinks – Best of the Kinks 1964-1971
Le Butcherettes – Cry Is for the Flies
Lee Gamble – Kuang EP (12″)
Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder (reissue) (vinyl)
Lia Ices – Ices (vinyl)
Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (vinyl)
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly (vinyl)
Malpractice – Turning Tides
Marble Sky – Marble Sky (2xLP)
Marco Benevento – Swift (vinyl)
Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood – Juice (2xLP)
Melted Toys – Melted Toys (vinyl)
Metallica – …and Justice For All (reissue) (2xLP)
Metallica – Death Magnetic (reissue) (2xLP)
Metallica – Kill ‘em All (reissue) (vinyl)
Metallica – Ride the Lightning (reissue) (2xLP)
Mia Doi Todd – Floresta
Mike Doughty – Stellar Motel (vinyl)
Mikey Erg/Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers – Split (vinyl)
Ministry – Twelve Inch Singles: 1981-1984
Monica Heldal – Boy From the North (vinyl)
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music (vinyl)
Moonface – City Wrecker (vinyl)
Motionless In White – Reincarnate
Mumblr – Full Of Snakes (tape)
Musk – Musk (vinyl)
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand (colored vinyl)
My Dying Bride – The Light at the End of the World
Myrkur – Myrkur (vinyl)
New Model Army – Between Wine and Blood
New Order – The New Order (reissue)
Nico & Vinz – Black Star Elephant
Nightfell – The Living Ever Mourn (vinyl)
Noctem – Exilium
Num Skull – Ritually Abused (deluxe reissue) (vinyl)
Obey The Brave – Salvation
Old Wounds – Death Projection EP
Ora Iso – Bathcat (vinyl)
Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
Parquet Courts/Future Punx – LAMC Split (vinyl)
Paul Butterfield / The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Audio Fidelity SACD)
People Skills – Tricephalic Head (vinyl)
Peter, Paul and Mary – In the Wind (Audio Fidelity SACD)
PHILM – Fire From The Evening Sun
Phish – A Picture of Nectar (reissue) (2xLP)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (reissue)
Pulp – Different Class (reissue)
Raekwon – F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art)
Rain City Rockers – Mayday
Robert Fripp / David Sylvian – Damage (reissue)
Robert Fripp / David Sylvian – The First Day (reissue)
Scruffy the Cat – The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings
Sepultura – Sepultura With Les Tambours Du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio (DVD)
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
Shellac – Dude Incredible (vinyl)
Shintaro Sakamoto – Let’s Dance Raw (vinyl)
Sir Sly – You Haunt Me
Slash – World On Fire (vinyl)
Sleepwave – Broken Compass (vinyl)
So Cow – The Long Con (vinyl)
Spencer Burton – Don’t Let the World See Your Love
Stan Getz – Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (reissue)
Steelism – 615 to FAME (vinyl)
Texas In July – Bloodwork
The Contortionist – Language (vinyl)
The Fauntleroys – Below the Pink Pony (vinyl)
The Front Bottoms – Rose (12″)
The Game – Blood Money La Familia
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
The Lees of Memory – Sisyphus Says (2xLP)
The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California
The Mattson 2 – Agar
The Mojo Gurus – Who Asked Ya?
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Between Colours
Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser (reissue)
This Juan MacLean – In A Dream
This Will Destroy You – Another Language (2xLP)
Tides of Man – Dreamhouse (vinyl)
Tim McGraw – Sundown Heaven Town
Tops – Picture You Staring (vinyl)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Trevor Morris – Vikings (Volume 2) (blue vinyl)
Turtles – 45 RPM Singles Collection (8 x7″)
Tweedy – Sukierae
TWOPOINTEIGHT – From Wires (vinyl)
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – Mind Crawler (7″)
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – Runaway Girls (7″)
Various Artists – Awesome 80s Hits: 15 Original Hits of the 80s
Various Artists – Breaking Bad (music from the original television series)
Various Artists – Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. (vinyl)
Various Artists – Def Jam 30th Anniversary: Greatest Hits
Various Artists – Earth To Echo OST (blue vinyl)
Various Artists – Far Out 70s Hits
Various Artists – Guardians Of The Galaxy OST (vinyl)
Various Artists – Laughing Hyena’s 25th Anniversary
Various Artists – Mass Appeal V1
Various Artists – My Little Pony OST (picture disc)
Various Artists – Piccadilly Sunshine, Vol. 19: British Pop Psych 1967-1971
Various Artists – Summer Forever: The Ultimate Party Album
Vessel – Punish, Honey (vinyl)
VKNGS – VKNGS
White Arrows – In Bardo
Xerath – III
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend (vinyl)
Zodiac – Sonic Child
Zoltan – Tombs Of The Blind Dead (vinyl)

This Week In Music History – September 15 – September 21

 

The_4_Seasons_(1966)On September 15, 1962, the Four Seasons scored their first #1 hit when “Sherry” reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled “Terry,” but after considering other names, including “Jackie,” (named for Jackie Kennedy) the quartet changed the lyrics to “Sherry;” after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe’s best friends. Over their career the Four Seasons would have 3 more #1 hits: “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

 

 

 

1978_AMC_Matador_sedan_red_NC_detail_of_factory_AM-FM-stereo-8-track_unitOn September 15, 1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.

 

 

 

 

Huey_Lewis_&_the_News_-_SportsOn September 15, 1983, Huey Lewis and the News released the album ‘Sports.’ The album spawned four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” The LP reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 on June 30, 1984, and has been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Beatles_She_Loves_YouOn September 16, 1963, “She Loves You” by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the US. Although the song was currently at the top position in the UK, the now legendary pop song was ignored in the US, that is, until 1964 – when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.

 

 

 

 

220px-SurferGirlCoverOn September 16, 1963, the Beach Boys album ‘Surfer Girl’ was released. The LP reached #7 in the US during a chart stay of 56 weeks. The front cover of Surfer Girl features (from left to right) Dennis Wilson, David Marks, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Brian Wilson holding a surfboard from the same 1962 photo shoot that produced the cover of their album debut ‘Surfin’ Safari.’

 

 

 

 

ShindiglogoOn September 16, 1964, the rock and roll show Shindig debuts on ABC-TV with the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers and Bobby Sherman. Later shows were taped in Britain with the Beatles as the guests and many popular performers of the day played on the show including Lesley Gore, Bo Diddley, Sonny and Cher, the Beach Boys, James Brown, the Supremes and the Ronettes; to name a few.

 

 

 

 

Vynil_vinil_92837841On September 17, 1931, RCA-Victor demonstrated the first long-playing record or LP, (33 1/3 rpm recording) at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars) and wasn’t revived until 1948.

 

 

 

 

doorsOn September 17, 1967, the Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from their hit 60′s anthem “Light My Fire;” but he did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.”

 

 

 

220px-Roger_Daltrey_-left_and_Keith_Moon-right_1967On September 17, 1967, the Who appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. An incident occurred with flash explosions that damaged Pete Townsend’s ears. Drummer Kieth Moon bribed a stage hand to put explosives in his drum kit, loading it with ten times the expected dose. The resulting detonation threw Moon off his drum riser while his arm was cut by flying cymbal shrapnel. Townshend’s hair was fried and his left ear left ringing, while a camera and studio monitor were destroyed by a blast.

 

 

 

220px-GnR--UseYourIllusion1On September 17, 1991, over 4 million copies of Guns N’ Roses album, ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ were simultaneously released for retail sale. The cover art of both ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums is a detail of Raphael’s painting The School of Athens. The highlighted figure, unlike many of those in the painting, has not been identified with any particular philosopher. Both covers are the work of Estonian-American artist Mark Kostabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gitarrlegenden Jimi HendrixOn September 18, 1970, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills. Hendrix left the message “I need help bad man,” on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music,and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Lick_it_up_coverOn September 18, 1983, the album ‘Lick It Up’ was released by KISS. On the day of its release, the band members appeared on MTV without their trademark makeup. It was the first public appearance without makeup by Kiss since their very early days. The title track is a fan favorite Kiss song and a staple of the band’s live performances. This is also the first Kiss album officially featuring new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

220px-SgconcertincentralparkOn September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded “The Concert in Central Park” live in New York’s Central Park for an HBO special. Among the songs performed were the classics “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Boxer.”  The accompanying album was very successful peaking at #6 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

 

 

 

 

NoNukesAlbumOn September 19, 1979, the No Nukes concert was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Performers included Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.

 

 

 

 

 

 
led-zep1On September 20, 1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of the Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782. According to guitarist Jimmy Page, “The first album is a live album, it really is, and it’s done intentionally in that way. It’s got overdubs on it, but the original tracks are live.”

 

 

 
220px-DCalbumOn September 20, 1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.’ All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

220px-All_Along_the_Watchtower_single_coverOn September 21, 1968, “All Along the Watchtower” was released by Jimi Hendrix. The single reached #5 in the British charts, and #20 on the Billboard chart, and Hendrix’s recording of the song appears at #47 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The song also had the #5 spot on Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

 

 

 

 

220px-Radiohead_original_creep_coverOn September 21, 1992, Radiohead released “Creep” as their debut single, later appearing on their first album, ‘Pablo Honey’ (1993). During its initial release, “Creep” was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Surf Music – It Was More Than Just The Beach Boys

Kelly Slater is ready to attack the 12th world surfing title ~ Photo Credit www.surfertoday.com

Kelly Slater is ready to attack the 12th world surfing title ~ Photo Credit www.surfertoday.com

Surf music was a short-lived music phenomenon and it is an important part of pop rock, with easily digestible songs and lyrics, yet it is very influential in terms of music history. The musical genre was an extension of rockabilly and 1950′s rhythm and blues compositions. Mainly a Southern Californian genre of the early Sixties, surf rock celebrated not just catching the perfect wave, but such carefree adolescent phenomena as the sun, beach, parties, girls and hot rods.

Throngs of predominately male teenage surfers began to develop their own sub culture, dressing and speaking in a distinctive way. At high school, the bleached-blonde surfers wore Pendleton shirts and sandals. After school they jumped into their over sized station wagons with wooden sides (called woodies), which transported their polys (surfboards), drove to the beach and dashed to the ocean for some waves and fun.

Most of the popular surf music was recorded between 1961 and 1965 and was dominated by reverb-drenched guitar, simple three-chord songs and rolling instrumentation.  It was often confined to an isolated region, more often than not, Southern California, but had worldwide appeal. This is not to state that all surf music came from the area of the US; on the contrary, there were some very popular groups who adopted the sound as their own from various locations in the US and the world.

Surf music has two basic sub genres, surf pop, with inventive melodies, vocals and the surf sound (more on that later) and the surf instrumentals. Most groups were one hit wonders who charted regionally, but a few were able to take the genre to the mainstream national audience such as Dick Dale, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Ronny and the Datonas and the Ventures, just to name a few.

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Dick Dale (2005)

However, it is Southern California guitarist Dick Dale who is often acknowledged as the ‘father of surf music.’ In the late 1950s, he developed the genre defining ‘reverb sound’ which enabled music lovers to hear the melody lines played on the low end of the strings of a Fender Stratocaster guitar which in turn gave it a wet, dripping-like sound; which was supposed to capture the feel of actually riding the waves. This innovative method was often copied and some took the method further using the whammy bar on a guitar to create a unique and distinct sound and to generate the excitement of rushing down a crashing wave. Surf music was also one of the first genres to adopt the electric bass, and the Fender Precision Bass was a standard among the early surf groups and was cutting edge at the time. Unlike a double bass, a simple electric bass line can be easily learned, even by the most novice musician.

Duane Eddy’s instrumental “Movin’ and Groovin’” is thought by many to be the first popular surf rock record, while others claim the first was Dick Dale’s “Let’s Go Trippin’,” a 1961 hit that helped pave the way for others who loved the ‘surf sound.’ Dale followed with “Surfbeat,” “Surfing Drums,” and “Shake ‘n’ Stomp,” and in 1962 produced the classical surf instrumental, “Miserlou.” In early 1963, Capitol Records signed Dale and called him the King of the Surf Guitar.

Groups like the Del-Tones, the Sentinals, Jerry Cole & His Spacemen, the Royal Coachmen, the Tornados and the Pyramids, though not having any chart topping hits, were a strong influence of the genre. “Wipe Out,” the number two hit of 1963 by the Safaris, ranks as one of the great rock instrumentals, featuring a classic up-and-down guitar riff and a classic solo drum roll break, both of which were emulated by millions of beginning rock & rollers. In 1964, a group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Trashman, were able to land in the top ten with the catchy cut “Surfin’ Bird,” but were held out of the top spot by the Beatles.

Instrumental surf music by artists like Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Santo and Johnny and the Ventures all hit the charts with impassioned surf instrumentals in the early 1960′s. In fact, Link Ray pioneered a new kind of distorted amp sound and invented the power chord and Pete Townshend has said that he wouldn’t have started playing guitar at all if it weren’t for Link Wray. Keith Moon of the Who was a huge fan and the manic splashing of his drum kit owes a debt to the bashing rumble of the surf bands that he loved to listen to.

zzzzzzzzzzBut the group that is synonymous and infectiously popular within the genre is the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys introduced mass market pop vocals to surf music. They were the ultimate surf band for many listeners, simply because they put the appeal of the beach and surfing into words instead of conveying it with impressionistic music. They utilized the surf template and blending in Four Freshman-style harmonies to basic surf based rhythms, created a musical dynasty that is still highly revered to this day. The Beach Boys’ first three albums featured ‘surfin’ or ‘surfer’ in the title – “Surfin’ Safari” (1962), “Surfin’ USA” (1963) and “Surfer Girl” (1963). Songs like “Surfin’ Safari” (#14 in 1962), “Surfer Girl” (#7 in 1963) along with the fun in the sun hits like “Little Deuce Coupe” (#15 in 1963), the aptly named “Fun, Fun, Fun” (#5 in 1964) and the 1964 #1 hit “I Get Around” cemented their place in the surf music arena.  Ironically, Dennis Wilson was the group’s only surfer.

Once the British invasion hit the American shores, surf music disappeared from the major charts, but has remained popular in local clubs and venues in some regions. Surf music has influenced many artists. Surf rock’s influence can be heard in the music of Blondie, the Go-Go’s, the Raybeats, the Reverend Horton Heat, the Cramps, just to name a few.

While known as a genre that was mainly developed on the West Coast of the US in the 1960s, in the 1990s a revival of surf music has sparked a resurgence worldwide. Man or Astro-man?, Los Straitjackets, Pollo Del Mar and many others perform on a regular basis. Other groups such as Simon and the Bar Sinisters, the Red Elvises, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Aqua Velvets, The Blue Stingrays, and The Bomboras also dabble in this genre.

These days, surf bands are often performing in conjunction with classic car shows, and the genre still gets a fair amount of airplay on Oldies and some Classic Rock radio stations. One thing is clear, from the foundations of early surf music, whether it be surf rock or the surf instrumentals of the 1960′s, we can still hear the impact and musical innovations of surf music in today s rock and roll music.

~written by Robert Benson

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An avid surfer himself, Dick strove to recreate the feeling of riding the waves in his music

 

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