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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 25 – August 31

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 28 – August 3

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

This Week In Music History – June 2 – June 8

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 On June 2, 1978, Bruce Springsteen’s album, ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’ was released. Although the album did not produce high charting singles it nevertheless remained on the charts for 97 weeks. A steady seller in Springsteen’s catalogue, it has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA. A box set reissue, ‘The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story,’ was released on November 16, 2010. The six-disc set includes three CDs and three DVD or Blu-ray discs.

 

 

220px-Thin_Lizzy_-_Live_and_DangerousOn June 2, 1978, Thin Lizzy released the live double album ‘Live And Dangerous.’ It was recorded in Philadelphia, London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums ‘Johnny The Fox’ and ‘Bad Reputation.’ In 2011, the British music magazine NME ranked Live and Dangerous at #1 in its “50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

 
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On June 3, 1977, Bob Marley & The Wailers released their ninth studio album ‘Exodus.’ It is widely considered to be the album that propelled Marley to international stardom and has been recognized by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century. In 2003, the album was ranked #169 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

Wu-Tang_ForeverOn June 3, 1997, Wu-Tang Clan released the double LP ‘Wu-Tang Forever.’ The album was certified 4X’s platinum by the RIAA on October 15, 1997, making it the group’s highest selling album to date.  Upon its release, the album received favorable reviews from most music critics and it earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998.

 

 

 

Weezerred2 On June 3, 2008, Weezer’s self-titled disc (aka ‘The Red Album’) was released earlier than originally planned because several tracks were leaked online. The video for the album’s first single “Pork and Beans” quickly became the most-watched video on the internet the weekend following its release. The standard album was released on transparent red vinyl upon its initial release in the US, though it is now out of print.    

 

 

 

 

Johnny_Cash_At_San_QuentinOn June 4, 1969, Johnny Cash released the epic ‘At San Quentin’ LP. The album was certified Gold on 8/12/1969, Platinum and 2x Platinum on 11/21/1986 and 3x Platinum on 3/27/2003 by the RIAA. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “A Boy Named Sue.”

 

 

 

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On June 4, 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album ‘Born In The USA,’ which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The album was supported by an enormous commercial campaign that helped create several hit singles, as well as remixes and music videos. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone.      

 

 

 

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On June 4, 1996, the Metallica album ‘Load’ was released. ‘Load’ debuted (and spent four consecutive weeks) at #1 on Billboard 200. The album has sold over five million copies worldwide and is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released in part of the marketing campaign of the album: “Until It Sleeps,” “Hero of the Day,” “Mama Said” and “King Nothing.”

 

 

 

 

220px-Sympathy_for_the_Devil_coverOn June 5, 1968, the Rolling Stones began recording “Sympathy For The Devil” at London’s Olympic Sound Studios. Also responding to Senator Kennedy’s assassination, Mick Jagger adds the line “who killed the Kennedys?” The Stones finished the track in less than a week. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at #32 in their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

On JuAliciaKeys-SongsInAMinor-music-albumne 5, 2001, Alicia Key’s debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ was released. The album earned Keys several awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards at the 44th Grammy Awards. The LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 236,000 copies in its first week. It has sold over 6.2 million copies in the US and twelve million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

On Junziggye 6, 1972, David Bowie released the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.’ It peaked at #5 in the UK and #75 in the United States on the Billboard Music Charts. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. The seminal album has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time, with Rolling Stone magazine ranking it the 35th greatest ever. The first song recorded for the album, the cover “It Ain’t Easy,” was recorded in September 1971. The first session in November produced “Hang on to Yourself,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (later shortened to “Star”), “Moonage Daydream,” “Soul Love,” “Lady Stardust” and “Five Years.”

 

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On June 6, 1978, the Cars released their debut LP. With the popular tracks “Just What I Needed” and “My Best Friend’s Girl” getting heavy airplay on AOR radio stations, the album sold one million copies by the end of the year and steadily climbed the charts, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 1979. The LP remained on the album chart for 139 weeks and four more tracks became radio favorites: “Good Times Roll,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” “Bye Bye Love” and “Moving in Stereo.”

 

 

 

 

220px-BlindfaithalternateOn June 7, 1969, one of rock’s first super groups, Blind Faith played their only live performance in Hyde Park, London in front of an estimated 120,000 people. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Gretch produced just one album together, which included the songs, “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Presence of the Lord.” Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band on the front.

 

 

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On June 7, 1982, ‘Built for Speed’ was released by rockabilly band Stray Cats. It was the most successful record for the band, with the videos for songs such as “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” reaching MTV regular rotation status.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Paul_McCartney_&_Wings-Band_on_the_Run_album_coverOn June 8, 1974, Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Band On The Run,” his third solo US #1, a #3 hit in the UK. McCartney later stated that George Harrison unwittingly contributed the first line of one part of the song: “If we ever get out of here” when he said it during one of the many Beatles’ business meetings.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud

 

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Counting Crows Announce New Album

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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10 best record stores in the USA

 

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ZZ Top to Release Career-Spanning Compilation

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Paul McCartney expected to make ‘complete recovery’

 

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

 

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