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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 – 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 11 – August 17

BookerT_&theMG'sGreenOnionsOn August 11, 1962, Booker T. and the MG’s song, “Green Onions,” was released. The instrumental cut was ranked #183 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 1999 “Green Onions” was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2012 it was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.

 

 

 

kisssssIn August of 1973, after seeing KISS play at a New York hotel, producer Bill Aucoin offered to become their manager and promised a record deal. With the help of Aucoin, KISS becomes the first act signed to Bogart’s new label, Casablanca Records.

 

 

 

 

RayParkerJrGhostbusters7InchSingleCoverOn August 11, 1984, Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. It was nominated at the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song “I Want a New Drug,” resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 
LedZeppelin1971Promo_fullpageOn August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed in a small basement room on Gerrard Street just south of London’s Soho district. The first song they played was a version of “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” They also played “Smokestack Lightning” and a version of “I’m Confused” (soon to become “Dazed And Confused”). The first live dates they played were as the Yardbirds, and it was not until the following month when they started to use the name Led Zeppelin.

 

 

 

CheapthrillsOn August 12, 1968, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist) released the legendary album ‘Cheap Thrills.’ It reached #1 on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the #1 spot for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks while the single, “Piece of My Heart” also became a huge hit. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies. The cover was drawn by cartoonist R. Crumb (the band’s original cover idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together, was dropped by the record company). Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Joplin on the front. But Joplin, an avid fan of underground comics, and especially the work of Crumb, so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia Records place it on the front cover. It is #9 on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers.

 

Woodstock_'94_posterOn August 12, 1994, Woodstock ’94 opened in Saugerties, New York on the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. More than 30 acts performed at the three-day event, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Metallica, and Nine Inch Nails, for a crowd estimated at between 235,000 and 350,000 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 
supremes_Baby_loveOn August 13, 1964, in Studio A at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit, the Supremes recorded “Baby Love.” Considered one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, “Baby Love” was ranked #324 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to number-one in the United States, reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on October 31, 1964, and staying there for four weeks

 

 

 

250px-Jefferson_Airplane_early_1966On August 13, 1965, Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club. In the audience that night was future Jefferson Airplane/Starship member Grace Slick.The photograph of the members of Jefferson Airplane that was featured on the front cover of their best-known album, ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ (1967), was taken inside the Matrix.

 

 

 

American_Woman45On August 13, 1969, at the RCA studios in Chicago, the Guess Who recorded “American Woman.” The song originated from their live jam at a curling rink concert in Kitchener, Ontario, with lead singer Burton Cummings improvising lyrics to fit the music. Shortly after its release, the Guess Who were invited to play at the White House. Because of its supposed anti-American lyrics, Pat Nixon asked that they not play “American Woman.” The song is noted for its memorable anti-American line. “I don’t want your war machines/I don’t need your ghetto scenes.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

 

 
220px-The_McCoysOn August 14, 1965, the McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy” was released. It will enter the Hot 100 three weeks later and top the chart by the first week of October. It was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell, originally titled “My Girl Sloopy.” It was named for singer Dorothy Sloop, who used the name “Sloopy” on stage. It was first recorded by the Vibrations in 1964, for Atlantic Records (45-2222), becoming a top-30 hit.

 

 

 

MaggiereasonOn August 14, 1971, Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” was released in the US, where it will reach #1 and become his first Billboard chart hit. It was initially released as the B-side of the single “Reason to Believe,” but DJs in the USA (possibly in Cleveland, Ohio) became fonder of the B-side and the song was reclassified, with “Maggie May” becoming the A-side. Stewart would later remark: “I cannot see how the single is such a hit. It has no melody.” In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #130 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

Rock_n_MeOn August 14, 1976, Steve Miller released “Rock ‘N Me,” one of his three hit singles not credited to the Steve Miller Band. The song was released as the second single from the group’s ninth studio album ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ in 1976. The North American release of the single was credited to Steve Miller, while the European release was credited as Steve Miller Band. The song was the band’s second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at the top for 1 week.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Raccoon_climbing_in_tree_-_Cropped_and_color_correctedOn August 15, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded the Paul McCartney composition “Rocky Raccoon,” the last Beatles song to feature John Lennon playing harmonica. Producer George Martin played the honky-tonk piano. In Mojo magazine in October, 2008, McCartney acknowledged that the style of the song is a pastiche, saying, “I was basically spoofing the folksinger.” Lennon attributed the song to Paul, saying “Couldn’t you guess? Would I have gone to all that trouble about Gideon’s Bible and all that stuff?” Paul McCartney was inspired while playing acoustic guitar with John Lennon and Donovan in India (where the Beatles had gone on a retreat).

 

 

 

woodstockOn August 15, 1969, Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. The event was scheduled: August 15–17, 1969. Attended by over 400,000 people, it featured the music of, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. Joni Mitchell was booked to appear but had to pull out due to being booked for a TV show, wrote the song “Woodstock.”

 

 

 

 
elvisPresleyAlohafromHawaiiOn August 16, 1977, at his Graceland home in Memphis, Elvis Presley took the book he’d been reading, Frank Adams’ “The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus,” and went into his bathroom.

“Don’t fall asleep in there,” said girlfriend Ginger Alden, knowing he had a habit of nodding off.

“Okay, I won’t,” he said. Ginger went back to sleep.

At 1:30 p.m. CST, Ginger awoke and saw Elvis was still gone. When knocking on the bathroom door produced no reply, she entered and found his lifeless body on the floor in front of the toilet.

Alden called for Elvis associates Joe Esposito and Al Strada, who arrived and called the fire department. An ambulance was dispatched. Daughter Lisa Marie and father Vernon arrived in the bathroom, but Lisa Marie was quickly removed. Elvis was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital, where, after several attempts to revive him, he died at 3:30 p.m. CST.

His autopsy was performed at 7:00 p.m. The official coroner’s report listed “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse by the Presley family with the help of autopsy physicians to cover up the real cause of death: a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken together in doses no doctor would ever prescribe.

The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart; the report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ own personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time. Most of Elvis’ many health problems can and have been traced back to rampant abuse of prescription drugs.

The painkillers Morphine and Demerol. Chloropheniramine, an antihistamine. The tranquilizers Placidyl and Vailum. Finally, four drugs were found in “significant” quantities: Codeine, an opiate, Ethinamate, largely prescribed at the time as a “sleeping pill,” Quaaludes, and a barbituate, or depressant, that has never been identified. It has also been rumored that Diazepam, Amytal, Nembutal, Carbrital, Sinutab, Elavil, Avental, and Valmid were found in his system at death.

The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart; the report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ own personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time.

He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to between 50 and 100 million.

 

200px-Everly_Brothers_-_CroppedOn August 16, 1957, at RCA’s McGavock Street studios in Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded “Wake Up Little Susie.” The song reached #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered “suggestive.” It was ranked at #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

last_Train_to_Clarksville_coverOn August 16, 1966, the Monkees released their first single, “Last Train to Clarksville.” The song refers to Clarksville, Tennessee, which is in close proximity to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division which flew numerous missions over Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on November 5, 1966.

 

 

 

 

ramonesOn August 16, 1974, the Ramones made their live debut at CBGB in New York. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the US and, perhaps to a greater extent, in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-beatles-353x-353xOn August 17, 1960, in Hamburg, Germany, the Beatles began the first of 48 nights performing at the Indra Club, on stage for 4½ hours on weekdays, 6 hours on weekends. The arrangement led to 20-minute versions of songs like “Long Tall Sally.” The club owner, Bruno Koschmider, told the Beatles to “mach shau,” or really put on a show, which led to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage and sometimes playing while lying on the floor. John Lennon often yelled at the German audiences, called them Nazis, shouted “Sieg Heil!” at them, and wore outlandish outfits. One time he appeared on stage in only his underwear, and another time he had a toilet seat around his neck. The young crowd loved it. The Beatles eventually broke their contract and moved to the Top Ten Club. Koschmider exacted his revenge by getting George Harrison deported for being too young to play in bars, and Paul and Pete Best deported for starting a fire in the tiny room the group shared behind a screen in a local movie house.

 

 

jimihendrix-x600-1405632252On August 17, 1969, on the final day of the three-day Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, there were performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Sha Na Na, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, the Band, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

 

 

 

 

nnnnnnnnnnnOn August 17, 1991, Nirvana shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience. The video won Nirvana the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named ‘Teen Spirit’ the Most Played Video on MTV Europe.

 

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending August 8, 2014

opethpalelpListen: Opeth’s new song “Eternal Rains”

 

 

 

 

 

nick drakeRare Nick Drake demo pulled from sale after legal row

 

 

 

 

THEYOUNGSCOVERUSAHow AC/DC Recorded ‘Highway To Hell’ – Exclusive Book Excerpt

 

 

 

 

 
George-Vosburgh-principal-trumpet-Pittsburgh-Symphony-OrchestraFor classical music, vinyl is slow to revive – Despite classical music’s poor performance in vinyl sales, purveyors of classical records insist that the format is rewarding

 

 

 

 

 

ThurstonThurston Moore Reunites With Sonic Youth Drummer, Enlists My Bloody Valentine Bassist for New Supergroup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doobie-Brothers-Southbound-with-CarExclusive: Doobie Brothers Duets Album Track List Revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

SpoonSpoon Open Up About New Album, The Preatures, And ‘Vinyl Gratification’

 

 

 

 

 

 

2812985The Offspring’s Dexter Holland Talks 20 Years of ‘Smash,’ 2014 Summer Tour + More

 

 

 

 

 
VinylYou’ll Never Guess What The Top Selling Vinyl Albums Of The Last 23 Years Are

 

 

 

 

 

 

foreigneratlanticbox2014_638_0FOREIGNER’s ‘The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991′ Due In October

 

 

 

 

 
British Summer Time 2014 - July 12th20 Years Ago: Neil Young’s ‘Sleeps with Angels’ Arrives as a Requiem for Kurt Cobain

 

 

 

 

 
jazzNewport Jazz 2014 In Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

720x405-thewhoThe Who Ask Fans for Rare Recordings for 50th Anniversary Festivities

 

 

 

 

 

 

malcolmsolo_638AC/DC Biographer Doesn’t Expect To See MALCOLM YOUNG With Band Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

wuWu-Tang Clan Release New Single “Ron O’Neal” – The latest track from A Better Tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 
Planes-Trains-EricEric Clapton Announces New Tour Documentary

 

 

 

 

 

 

720x405-20140807_rscountry2_x1401The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear

 

 

 

 

 

VR-vs-CD1-630x310Vinyl vs. Digital: Low Fidelity in High Tech

 

 

 

 

 

Foo Fighters US leader Dave Grohl perfor10 Of The Most Anticipated Albums For 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

robert-plant-space-shifters-2014-frank-melfi-900x470Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Announce Fall Tour Dates

 

 

 

 

 

 

shehimShe & Him Preview 44 Seconds of New Music in Upcoming Album Teaser

 

 

 

 

 
goldGold Panda Releases New Track “Clarke’s Dream”

 

 

 

 

 

 

minus-the-bearMinus the Bear Stream Unreleased Song From Their Upcoming Rarities Album

 

 

 

 

 
140808-peter-frampton-cell-phone-fanPeter Frampton Tosses Photo-Taking Fan’s Phone Mid-Concert – Obnoxious concertgoers get swift justice from the rock legend

 

 

 

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 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.

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 4, 2014

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This Week In Music History – May 19 – 25

220px-Bobby_Darin_1959On May 19, 1958, Bobby Darin released the single, “Splish Splash.” The song was co-written by New York City DJ Murray the K’s mother, Jean Kaufman (credited as Jean Murray), who suggested the song’s opening line and title. The song went to #3 on the US charts. It was released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a plastic 45-RPM disc.

 

 

 

Dire_Straits_-_Sultans_Of_Swing_picture_coverOn May 19, 1978, Dire Straits released their first major label single “Sultans Of Swing,” recorded on a £120 budget. The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London. The song was then re-recorded in early 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band’s debut album ‘Dire Straits.’ The song reached the top 10 in both the UK and the USA, reaching #8 on the UK Singles Chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive sales of the album, which also became a hit.

 

 

220px-Peter_Gabriel_So_CD_coverOn May 19, 1986, Peter Gabriel released the album ‘So.’ The LP is the best-selling album of Gabriel’s career and charted at #1 in the UK Album Chart, and #2 on the Billboard 200 in the US It is certified triple platinum in the UK, and five times platinum in the US. The second track on the record is Gabriel’s most popular single, “Sledgehammer.”

 

 

 

 
220px-BillHaleyOn May 20, 1954, Bill Haley And His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” was released. The record would find only limited success until the following year when it was included on the soundtrack of the film Blackboard Jungle. Haley’s recording is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. It was a #1 single on both the US and UK charts and also re-entered the UK Singles Chart in the 1960s and 1970s. The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

FooFighters-TheColourAndTheShapeOn May 20, 1997, Foo Fighters released their second album ‘The Colour And The Shape,’ the album was a Grammy nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998. Even though Foo Fighters are an American band, the word ‘Colour’ in the album title is always spelled with the British spelling. This was a nod to producer Gil Norton, who is British.

 

 

 

 

001On May 21, 1955, Chuck Berry recorded “Maybellene,” which would become his first hit record, reaching #5 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart. In the heyday of Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and the McGuire Sisters, it was one of the few rock ‘n’ roll songs to get any radio air play that year. Rolling Stone magazine wrote, “Rock & roll guitar starts here.” The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences and it was quickly covered by several other artists after its initial release.

 

 

275px-Crosby_Stills_Nash_and_Young_1970On May 21, 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded “Ohio.” Neil Young wrote the lyrics to “Ohio” after seeing the photos of the incident in Life Magazine. On the evening that CSN&Y entered Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, the song had already been rehearsed, and the quartet with their regular rhythm section recorded it live in just a few takes. During the same session they recorded the single’s equally direct B-side, Stephen Stills‘s ode to the war’s dead, “Find the Cost of Freedom.” The record was mastered with the participation of the four principals, rush-released by Atlantic and heard on the radio with only a few weeks delay. Young termed the Kent State incident as “probably the biggest lesson ever learned at an American place of learning” and reported that “David Crosby cried when we finished this take.” Indeed, Crosby can be heard keening “Four, why? Why did they die?” and “How many more?” in the fade.

 
220px-Headquarters_-_The_MonkeesOn May 22, 1967, the Monkees released their third album, ‘Headquarters,’ the one album on which they played their own instruments, mostly on songs they had written. The LP reached thetop of the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum in the US with sales of more than two million copies within the first two months of release. As of 2008 it has sold seven million copies in the US and achieved global sales of 11.6 million.

 

 

 
220px-Ozzy_Osbourne_-_Black_RainOn May 22, 2007, Ozzy Osbourne‘s ‘Black Rain’ was released. “It’s a well-put-together album,” says Ozzy. “I took my time on (it) and (guitarist) Zakk (Wylde) plays some amazing stuff as always.” “I Don’t Wanna Stop” is the lead single. “People keep saying to me, ‘You’ll be quitting soon, retiring.’ I don’t wanna stop!” adds Ozzy. “I’d miss the fans. I’d miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy.” The album was recorded at Osbourne’s home studio in L.A.

 

 

 

 

 
TommyalbumcoverOn May 23, 1969, the Who released their fourth album, ‘Tommy.’ A double album telling a the story of a “deaf, dumb and blind kid” who became the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed as a rock opera. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value.” In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

elton_John_-_Captain_Fantastic_and_the_Brown_Dirt_CowboyOn May 23, 1975, Elton John‘s ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’ album was released, the first to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release and first album to debut at #1, where it stayed for seven weeks. On the UK Albums Chart, it peaked at #2. In 2003, the album was ranked #158 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 
Jackflash1On May 24, 1968, the Rolling Stones released their single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in the UK (June 1st in the US). The Rolling Stones have played the song during every tour since its release and it ranks as the song the band has played in concert most frequently. It reached the top of the UK charts and peaked at #3 in the US.

 

 

 

Van_Halen_-_OU812On May 24, 1988, Van Halen released the LP ‘OU812.’ their second LP to feature vocalist Sammy Hagar The album’s front cover is an homage to the classic cover of ‘With The Beatles.’ Album artwork for the back cover is Hugo Rheinhold’s Affe mit Schädel.

 

 

 

 

 

DioHolyDiverOn May 25, 1983, Dio released the album ‘Holy Diver.’ The cover was controversial, featuring a devil killing a cleric. Dio was quick to argue that appearances are misleading, that it could just as easily be a priest killing a devil, wanting people not to “judge a book by its cover.” The demon-like monster is the band’s mascot known as “Murray” and is featured on several other Dio albums as well. When the “DIO” logo is viewed upside-down it can be interpreted as spelling either the word “DIE” or “DEVIL.” However, Ronnie James Dio denied that and called it purely coincidental. The original vinyl release also had a photo-montage LP-liner, with images from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath days.