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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending September 12, 2014

Rimage2222eview and video: Eight unmissable New Music Releases this September

 

 

 

 

 
LENNY-KRAVITZ-STRUT-large570Lenny Kravitz On His New Album ‘Strut’ And His Dream Of Working With Prince

 

 

 

 

 

 

afghanwhig_gentlemenlpThe Afghan Whigs to reissue Gentlemen with unreleased material

 

 

 

 

 
hhhhhhhhhhhhhThese New Puritans to Release Live LP Expanded Featuring 35-Piece Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

MonoVinyl_Press03Beatles’ mono vinyl brings fans back to the start

 

 

 

 

 
British singer Paul McCartney performs oPaul McCartney Tribute Comp: Bob Dylan, Kiss and More Cover the Beatle – Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey and more sing their favorite McCartney songs for the comp, due out this fall

 

 

 

 

 

David-BowieDavid Bowie box set to feature new and unreleased music

 

 

 

 

 

 

U2U2 releases its new album for free today exclusively on iTunes

 

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-09-09-at-12-03-37-pmLed Zeppelin’s Robert Plant plans collaboration with Jack White

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns N Roses Perform Live At Rock In Rio II - January 15 199115 Innovative Album Releases That Shook the Music Industry – From Radiohead’s payment scheme to Beyoncé’s midnight surprise, the most usual drops in recent history

 

 

 

 

 

British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thNeil Young releases new song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” — listen

 

 

 

 

 

 

lumineers-bighassleThe Lumineers Begin Work on Second Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

aaaaaaaaaaCut Copy, Death From Above 1979, Real Estate, Kurt Vile and the Violators, More to Play Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA – 60 artists and 30 shows coming to Los Angeles this November

 

 

 

 

 
RushRush Releasing 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Robert FRIPP and KING CRIMSONKing Crimson in Albany: The Best New Band in Prog Begins a U.S Tour – Robert Fripp and company come to America with a set list that includes songs they haven’t played in 40 years

 

 

 

 

 

xxxxxxxxxxxxLykke Li Discusses Singing on U2′s New Album, U2 Post Behind-the-Scenes Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

btonf1Randy Bachman on BTO’s Offhanded Smash ‘Not Fragile’ – Exclusive Interview

 

 

 

 

 

 
JBs3-665x400Lost James Brown / Bootsy Collins album surfaces for limited vinyl release this autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

candy2Philip Glass’s ‘Candyman’ Score Gets First Vinyl Release via One Way Static

 

 

 

 

 

 

riot-fest-map-300x154FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Riot Fest Chicago’s Best ‘Under The Radar’ Acts

 

 

 

 

 

 

chansons-cover-c86e16beaca941ff9affd4f2551efc8ae7cd1812-s6-c85Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

 

 

 

 

 

 

stock8Vinyl record sales have jumped to 6 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

brucedickinsonlord_420x237BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES Perform DEEP PURPLE’s ‘Burn’: Clip From ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’ DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 
TheStrokes_SimoneJoyner_GettyJulian Casablancas Says a New Strokes Album Is Likely

 

 

 

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.’

 

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending August 22, 2014

scorpions50thanniversaryalbumSCORPIONS To Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 2015 With New Studio Album, Tour

 

 

 

 

 

GettyImages_9620533445 Years Ago: Crosby, Stills & Nash Becomes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon_Flowers_-_The_Killers_-_Coke_Live_Music_Festival_2012The Killers Cover Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ at V Festival

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-08-18-at-8-17-49-amKanye West and Paul McCartney are recording music together

 

 

 

 

 

aaaaaaaaaaaAphex Twin Announces New Album SYRO Via Deep Web

 

 

 

 

 

35103735Interpol Release New Track “Ancient Ways”

 

 

 

 

 

Plain-SpokenJohn Mellencamp Releases New Single, ‘Troubled Man’

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Seger & Joe Walsh In ConcertTurn the Page: Bob Seger to Release First Album in Eight Years This Fall – Ride Out” will feature covers of John Hiatt and Wilco alongside original tracks

 

 

 

 

 

dbDirty Beaches Details ‘Stateless’ LP, Shares New Song

 

 

 

 

 

bushband2014_638BUSH To Release ‘Man On The Run’ Album In October

 

 

 

 

 

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less…

 

 

 

 

 

Munich_Eye_19_00_11_41Musical Emporium; the biggest Vinyl Records Collector

 

 

 

 

 

combine_images3Listen to Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello Play a Lost Bob Dylan Song

 

 

 

 

 

Coldplay Perform Live In SydneyNFL Asks Musicians for Money to Play Super Bowl – League hopes Rihanna, Katy Perry or Coldplay will contribute part of post-performance tour earnings or make contribution to league

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Waters Performing The Wall Live At Wembley Stadium, London‘Roger Waters: The Wall’ Doc to Premiere at Toronto Film Fest Next Month

 

 

 

 

 

cdpreservation-06_slide-c2a8096ed8d30a6a5fb8ec0052684e5cef2e597f-s4-c85How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

 

 

 

 

 

hoofDeerhoof Announce New Album La Isla Bonita, Share “Exit Only”

 

 

 

 

 

Phish-A-Picture-of-Nectar-Elektr-1-353xPhish to Release A Picture of Nectar on Vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

archerArcher Pressing still makes records the old-fashioned way – on vinyl – in Detroit

 

 

 

 

 

dustygrooveThe 12 Best Record Stores In Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

image0061Dream Theater to Release Boston Homecoming Concert on DVD + Blu-Ray

 

 

 

 

 

slashsololive2014nation_638SLASH Blames Media For Causing ‘Unnecessary Conflict’ Between Original GUNS N’ ROSES Members

 

 

 

 

 

cryoflove_coverJimi Hendrix’s ‘The Cry Of Love’ & ‘Rainbow Bridge’ To Be Reissued On CD & LP September 16

 

 

 

 

 

YouMeAtSix-Aug12-620You Me At Six offer NFL $2 million to play Super Bowl Halftime Show

 

 

 

 

 

genesis-box-setGenesis pisses off fans by announcing another box set

 

 

 

 

 

yearbook-photo-michael-stipe-remRock Star Yearbook Photos: Jack White, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan + More

 

 

 

 

 

the-supremes-1965-billboard-650x430Rewinding The Charts: 50 Years Ago, The Supremes’ Reign Began

 

 

 

 

 

Foo-Fighters1Watch the Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ Trailer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 1, 2014

kurtcob_specialKurt Cobain biopic to go into production within next year

 

 

 

 

 

metallica-1990s-billboard-650Fighting Fire With Fire: Metallica Look Back on ‘Ride the Lightning’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avenged-Sevenfold-4Avenged Sevenfold Eyeing Return to Studio for Next Album

 

 

 

 

 

garthThe Return of Garth Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

461-30040 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ’461 Ocean Boulevard’

 

 

 

 

 

BRITAIN-MUSIC-ALBUMS-VINYLFrom User to Dealer: A Vinyl Junkie Goes Pro… Sort of

 

 

 

 

 

wings-600-1406568111Paul McCartney to Reissue More Wings Albums With Unreleased Material – ‘Venus and Mars’ and ‘At the Speed of Sound’ set for release this fall

 

 

 

 

 

levonThe 25 Best Music Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-04-21-at-7-33-35-pmAustin City Limits reveals 2014 schedule

 

 

 

 

 

tvTV On the Radio Announce New Album, Seeds

 

 

 

 

 

lady-gag-tony-bennett-billboard-650It’s Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere ‘Anything Goes’ Video

 

 

 

 

 

Clprimus-306-1406637736assic Primus Lineup Reunites for Wild Willy Wonka Album, Tour, Candy

 

 

 

 

 

wood-coverVideo: ‘Woodstock’ doc releases new concert footage

 

 

 

 

 

20140729-oasis-x600-1406667064Oasis Detail Upcoming ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ Reissue

 

 

 

 

 

Robert-Plant-Jimmy-PageWhole lotta love lost between Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-05-15-at-10-36-12-amFoo Fighters’ new album is officially finished

 

 

 

 

 

20140730-woodstock4-x600-140683315519 Worst Things About Woodstock ’99

 

 

 

 

 

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QUEEN: ‘Live At The Rainbow ’74′ Trailer

 

 

 

 

 

lordeLorde to Curate the New Hunger Games Soundtrack – Will also provide lead single

 

 

 

 

 

mickjagger_2986055bMick Jagger: ‘My parents didn’t want me to be in showbusiness’

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-08-01-at-7-13-57-amWatch: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

 

 

 

 

P4K_Features_072314_WaxAndWane-TopChartsWax and Wane – The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl’s Comeback

 

 

 

 

 

harvest-1fb04ec5ef990031db479b285b8b2f069e431730-s40-c85Making The Label Matter: A Record Company’s Return From Obscurity

 

 

 

 

 

talkingheads600-1406902861Talking Heads on ‘Stop Making Sense’: ‘We Didn’t Want Any Bulls–t’

 

 

 

 

 

Red-Bull-Graphic---MR1Watch Red Bull TV’s Lollapalooza Live Stream This Weekend

 

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 28 – August 3

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 25, 2014

 

screen-shot-2014-07-20-at-10-54-08-amWatch Eddie Vedder’s First-Time Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

 

 

 

 

 
aaaaaaaaaaaaThe Aislers Set Announce Reissue Campaign, Reunion Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. musician David Byrne attends a conference with public before screening his movie "True Stories" at the Estoril Film FestivalIt’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

 

 

 

 

 

 

unicornshairreissueThe Unicorns announce reissue of Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?

 

 

 

 

 
godsmack100hpcoveralbumNew Song Premiere: GODSMACK’s ‘Generation Day’

 

 

 

 

 
Beats-by-Dre-headphones-617x409Beats’ Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

 

 

 

 

 
screen-shot-2014-07-22-at-10-30-18-amM83 to release reissues of first three albums, plus remix and b-sides compilations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators perform at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH on July 9, 2014Slash Dishes on ‘World on Fire’ Album, Touring With Aerosmith + More

 

 

 

 

 

 

damon-albarn-family-musicalDamon Albarn Is Writing a ‘Mainstream Musical for Families’

 

 

 

 

 

 

275px-Flyingcircus_2Watch Monty Python Sing Their Last Song Ever at Final Reunion Show

 

 

 

 

 
2014U2_Getty476332699_10030314U2 reportedly set to release new album ‘before the end of the year’

 

 

 

 

 
screen-shot-2014-07-23-at-7-58-41-amiHeartRadio Festival reveals 2014 lineup

 

 

 

 

 
Songwriters Hall Of Fame 44th Annual Induction And Awards - ShowAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry jazzed about new tour, upcoming book — and Paul McCartney

 

 

 

 

 

 
header-353xJack White, Neil Young, Dave Matthews to Headline Farm Aid 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

20140724_inq_dm1roots24z-jNew Recordings: The best recent releases in Americana, classic country, and blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards - Show

Stevie Nicks Raids Her Vaults for New Album

 

 

 

 

 
rrrrrrrrrrrrrVINYL SPOTLIGHT: Bonnie Raitt, ‘Nick of Time’ 25th Anniversary Edition

 

 

 

 

 
met11Metallica Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign via Their Own Blackened Recordings

 

 

 

 

 
jjjjjjjjjjjJeff Tweedy Shares “Fake Fur Coat”, Performs “High as Hello” and “Summer Noon” on “The Tonight Show”

 

 

 

 

 
image007Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Teams with Hasbro for ‘Transformers’ Guitar

 

 

 

 

holecelebrityskinlineup_638COURTNEY LOVE Rules Out HOLE Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

nyhcHistory of New York Hardcore Explored in ‘NYHC’ Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

brittany-howard-alabama-shakes-terminal-5-nyc-2014-billboard-650Alabama Shakes Unleash Fresh Songs in New York: Live Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 21 – July 27

220px-Black_Sabbath_-_Master_of_RealityOn July 21, 1971, ‘Master of Reality” by Black Sabbath was released. The LP is credited as the foundation of doom, stoner and sludge metal and was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies. It peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart and at #8 in the US.

 

 

 

 
ACDC_Back_in_BlackOn July 21, 1980, AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album ‘Back In Black,’ the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33. It was very successful around the world, and despite never reaching number one on the US Billboard 200, it received the 22x Multi-Platinum distinction. As of June 2011, the album has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

220px-GunsnRosesAppetiteforDestructionalbumcoverOn July 21 1987, Guns N’ Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records called ‘Appetite for Destruction.’ It featured the singles “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and “Paradise City.” The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time there.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bluesbreakers_John_Mayall_with_Eric_ClaptonOn July 22, 1966, John Mayall and Eric Clapton released the album ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.’ The album is also known as Beano because of its cover photograph showing Clapton reading The Beano, a British children’s comic. The guitar that Eric Clapton used during these sessions was a sunburst 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard with two PAF Humbucking pickups. The album consists of blues standards by long-established artists such as Otis Rush, Freddie King and Robert Johnson, as well as a few originals penned by Mayall and Clapton. Most tracks serve as a showcase for the young Clapton’s playing.

 

 

 

MyAim_isTrueOn July 22, 1977, Stiff Records released ‘My Aim Is True’ the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK (March 1978 in the US). The album cover was designed by Barney Bubbles, but he was uncredited on the sleeve. The cover art features rows of tiny black and white checks (surrounding the photo of Costello) on which the phrase “Elvis Is King” was written. Costello’s pose on the cover would become an iconic look for him, with the Buddy Holly glasses and the knees bent inwards together. He struck a similar pose in the photo on the back of the original sleeve. In 2004, it was #37 of the top 100 albums of the 1970′s by Pitchfork which reported the album to be “held by many as the most impressive debut in pop music history.”

 

 

 

 

Every_Good_Boy_Deserves_FavourOn July 23, 1971, the Moody Blues released their seventh album, ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.’ The album reached #1 on the British album charts, in addition to a three week stay at #2 in the United States, and produced one top-40 single, “The Story in Your Eyes.” The track “Emily’s Song” was written by John Lodge for his newborn daughter.

 

 

 

 
coldiceOn July 23, 1977, Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” was released. It became one of the best known songs of the band in the US, peaking at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. It was initially the B-side of some versions of the “Feels Like the First Time” 45 rpm single. It is featured in the video game Rock Band 3.

 

 

 

 
AmyWinehouseBerlin2007On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career. In 2012, Winehouse was listed at number 26 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Women in Music. The BBC has called her “the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation.”

 

 

 

 

 

zzzzzzzzzOn July 24, 1964, the Zombies released the single “She’s Not There.” It reached #12 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1964, and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US at the beginning of December 1964. In Canada, it reached #2. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “She’s Not There” #297 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

YlittlegamesOn July 24, 1967, the Yardbirds released ‘Little Games,’ their final album before disbanding. Jimmy Page used his guitar-bowing technique on the cuts “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor” and “Glimpses.” The song “White Summer” would later be performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts as a medley with “Black Mountain Side.” The album peaked at #80 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.

 

 

 

LaBambaposter1987On July 24, 1987, the movie biography of Richie Valens called La Bamba opens in US theatres. The film starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens and Esai Morales as Ritchie’s older brother Bob. The production had the full support of the Valenzuela family and Bob and Connie Valenzuela even came to the set to help the actors portray their characters correctly. The music was performed by Los Lobos. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $5,698,884 and eventually grossed $52,678,820 in the US in 12 weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last_Train_to_Clarksville_coverOn July 25 1966, at RCA Victor Studio B in Hollywood, the Monkees recorded “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.

 

 

 

 

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_-_Cosmo's_FactoryOn July 25, 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their fifth studio album, ‘Cosmo’s Factory.’ When the album was released it became a world-wide hit, topping the album charts in six countries. Almost twenty years later, on December 13, 1990, it received a certification of 4 times platinum with sales of over four million units sold. In January 1970, the double A-sided single, “Travelin’ Band”/”Who’ll Stop the Rain,” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

 

 

Metallica_-_Kill_'Em_All_coverOn July 25, 1983, Metallica released the album ‘Kill ‘Em All.’ The band initially intended to title the album ‘Metal Up Your Ass’ with the cover featuring a toilet bowl with a hand clutching a dagger emerging from it. However, their record label Megaforce urged them to change this, and they agreed, switching to ‘Kill ‘Em All.’ This time the cover featured the shadow of a hand letting go of a bloodied hammer. Since its release, it has been certified 3× platinum by the RIAA, having sold over three million copies in the US.

 

 

 

 

 
Cooke_in_studioOn July 26, 1960, Sam Cooke released the single “Chain Gang.” The song was inspired after a chance meeting with an actual chain-gang of prisoners on a highway, seen while Sam was on tour. According to legend, Cooke and his brother Charles felt sorry for the men and gave them several cartons of cigarettes. The song reached #2 in the US pop and R&B charts, and #9 in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

ZZ_Top_-_Tres_HombresOn July 26, 1973, ZZ Top released their third album, ‘Tres Hombres.’ Contained the deep cuts “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,” and “Waitin’ for the Bus;” as well as the single “La Grange” which peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. The album marked the first of many times the band worked with engineer Terry Manning.

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Paul_McCartney_&_Wings-Band_on_the_Run_album_coverOn July 27, 1974, Wings started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run,’ featuring the title-track, “Jet” and the US hit “Helen Wheels.” It became Wings’ most successful album and remains the most celebrated of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles albums. It was 1974′s top-selling studio album in the United Kingdom and Australia and sold over 6 million copies world-wide.

 

 

 
Queen_1984_012On July 27, 1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.

 

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – June 30 – July 6

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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