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New Music Releases – September 16, 2014

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

 

 

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

This Week In Music History – September 8 – September 14

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

This Week In Music History – September 1 – September 7

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 11 – August 17

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 4 – August 10

220px-PrincepurplerainOn August 4, 1984, Prince started a 24-week run at the top of the US album charts with ‘Purple Rain.’ His sixth studio album which features the hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” as well as the title track has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, becoming the seventh best-selling soundtrack album of all time. In 2012, the album was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”

 

 

 

 

 
american_Bandstand_svgOn August 5, 1957, American Bandstand first aired on US television. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year, when the show was still called Bandstand. The first record Clark played on the network debut show was “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and his first guests were the Chordettes. The smooth talking Clark hosted the show until 1989 when he was replaced by David Hirsch, but the show would be cancelled five months later. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including ABBA, The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.

 

 

RevolverOn August 5, 1966, the Beatles album ‘Revolver’ was released in the UK via the Parlophone label and produced by George Martin. (released August 8 in the US) Many of the tracks on Revolver are marked by an electric guitar-rock sound, in contrast with their previous LP, the folk rock inspired Rubber Soul (1965). The cover illustration was created by German-born bassist and artist Klaus Voormann, one of the Beatles’ oldest friends from their days at the Star Club in Hamburg. Voormann’s illustration, part line drawing and part collage, included photographs by Robert Whitaker. Voormann’s own photo as well as his name (Klaus O. W. Voormann) is worked into Harrison’s hair on the right-hand side of the cover. The album is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in music history and one of the Beatles’ greatest studio achievements.

 

 

PinkFloyd-album-piperatthegatesofdawn_300On August 5, 1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album, ‘The Piper At the Gates of Dawn,’ which would reach #6 in the UK. The LP did not contain the two singles released earlier in the year, “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play.” It only managed to climb to #131 on The Billboard Hot 200 and took nearly 27 years to be certified Gold when it received the honor in March, 1994. Since its release, the album has been hailed as one of the best psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

HelpOn August 6, 1965, in the UK, the Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film ‘Help!’ which included the title track, “The Night Before,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday.” In 2012, ‘Help!’ was voted 331st on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

 

 

 

220px-Going_Up_the_Country_single_coverOn August 6, 1968, at I.D. Sound Recorders in Hollywood, Canned Heat began recording “Going Up The Country.” The band’s Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, who died of a drug overdose two years later, sang lead on the song and is also credited as its composer. The track was completed the following day.

 

 

 

 

Rick_JamesOn August 6, 2004, Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. James had died from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, a pacemaker, and a heart attack. Known as “The King of Punk-Funk,” James scored the 1981 US #3 album ‘Street Songs’ and 1981 US #16 single “Super Freak part 1.” In the late ‘60s James worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown, working with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The-Quarry-Me-in-1957-010On August 7, 1957, the Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, “Cut out the bloody rock!”

 

 

 

 
220px-Goose_Lake_poster_1970On August 7, 1970, the Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Leoni, Michigan. Over 200,000 fans attended the three day festival. Acts who appeared included, Jethro Tull, 10 Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, James Gang, Stooges with Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, MC5, Rod Stewart and Flying Burrito Brothers.

 

 

 

 

220px-JohnLennon-albums-doublefantasyOn August 7, 1980, after a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album ‘Double Fantasy’ at New York’s Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. ‘Double Fantasy’ received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

 

 

 

 

GodsmackOn August 7, 2007, Godsmack headlined the third night of the Rock ‘N The Rally music festival in Sturgis, SD. It’s part of the five-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “Godsmack is more excited about this show than any other show we’ve played in the last decade,” says singer Sully Erna. “Not only is biking truly a part of our lifestyles, but Sturgis is the Cadillac of events.” The concert was filmed for DVD release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
AbbeyRoadOn August 8, 1969, the cover photo for the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album was taken, showing the Fab Four striding across the road outside Abbey Road studios in London. Six shots were taken and the photo session was completed in less than ten minutes. The front cover design, a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, was based on sketched ideas by McCartney. At around 11:30 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic. The image of the Beatles on the crossing has become one of the most famous and imitated in recording history.

 

 

 
Rising_sun_animals_USOn August 8, 1964, “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals was released in America. Although the band would put 14 songs in the Top 40, this would be their only US #1 hit. It was reported that the song was recorded in just one take and the band was actually in the studio for less than ten minutes. It ranked #122 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

 

 

 

 
BillyJoel_AnInnocentManOn August 8, 1983, Billy Joel released the album ‘An Innocent Man.’ The album featured three Billboard Top 10 hit singles: “Tell Her About It,” which reached #1, “Uptown Girl,” which peaked at #3 and “An Innocent Man,” which peaked at #10. The LP received a nomination for the 26th Grammy Award for Album of the Year, but Joel lost the award to Michael Jackson’s epic ‘Thriller’ album. Joel was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Uptown Girl,” but Jackson won in that category as well. The album cover artwork was taken on the front steps of 142 Mercer Street, just north of the intersection of Mercer and Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

RSG_Screenshot2On August 9, 1963, the first ever edition of ‘Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year-old Cathy McGowan. The first show featured the Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. The final show was in Dec 1966 after 175 episodes. Originally 30 minutes long, it expanded to 50 minutes the following year, and soon attracted the most popular artists, including the Beatles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rolling Stones, the Four Tops, the Kinks, the Who, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five and many, many others.

 

 

 

 
Sly-family-stone-1969-promoOn August 9, 1969, “Hot Fun in The Summertime,” by Sly and the Family Stone was released. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and #3 on the Billboard soul singles chart in autumn 1969. Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Jerry-Mickey_at_Red_Rocks_taken_08-11-87On August 9, 1995, singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the Grateful Dead, died of a heart attack while a patient at a Northern California drug treatment center at age 53. Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and also released several solo albums. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist’s of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-Summer_in_the_CityOn August 10, 1966, “Summer In The City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful hit the topped of the Billboard singles chart. The song started out as a poem written by John Sebastian’s brother, Mark, before the band changed some words and then set it to music. The record reached #8 in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

220px-Money_for_Nothing_singleOn August 10, 1985, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits peaked at #4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV,” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

260px-Isaac_Hayes_2On August 10, 2008, singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit “Theme From Shaft” as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 14 – July 20

215px-Pink_floyd_the_wallOn July 14, 1982, the movie premier for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by the music of Pink Floyd.

 

 

 

 
220px-JudastouchofevilOn July 14, 2009, Judas Priest released ‘A Touch Of Evil: Live.’ The collection features 11 songs that have never appeared on any of the group’s previous concert discs, including songs from ‘08’s “Nostradamus.” “It’s a very fierce record and just captures the band’s attitude and feeling in a very strong, determined way,” said frontman Rob Halford.

 

 

 

 

 
22BAD7~1On July 15, 1972, Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ‘Honky Chateau,’ his first US chart topper. Cuts included the space ballad “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” the jumpy “Honky Cat;” as well as the epic “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” In 2003, the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 
bandOn July 15, 1973, Grand Funk released their seventh studio album, ‘We’re an American Band.’ Two singles were released from the album. “We’re an American Band” was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, “Walk Like a Man” was released on October 29, 1973. Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer. The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark-yellow vinyl.

 

 

 
MI0003191332On July 15, 2001, police ended an Insane Clown Posse show in Toledo, Ohio after over 100 fans went on the stage. Most of the bands equipment is destroyed in the melee. not sure if any clowns were hurt….

 

 

 

 

 

 
beach_Boys_-_Be_True_To_Your_SchoolOn July 16, 1963, the Beach Boys recorded “In My Room.” All five of the group members played and/or sang on the track, supplemented by David Marks on guitar, Maureen Love on harp, and Hal Blaine on percussion. “In My Room” remained on the Billboard Top 100 for 11 weeks, peaking at #23. In 1990, Brian wrote, “I also enjoyed producing ‘In My Room’. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song ‘Ivory Tower’ to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded ‘In My Room’, there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse…and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis’ death.”

 

 
230px-Cream_Clapton_Bruce_Baker_1960sOn July 16, 1966, Eric Clapton formed a new band he called Cream, along with two former members of the Graham Bond Organization, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. The trio lasted just two years, but left us with some classic Rock tunes like “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room”. To this day, Clapton says he does not look back on those days with great fondness, but many fans feel that he was at his best at this point. They reunited for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993, and in 2005 played the Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

 

 
The_Three_TenorsOn July 16,1994, the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras – reunited to perform in front of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the eve of the World Cup soccer final. The televised concert drew an estimated 1.3 billion viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

215px-Beatles_Yellow_Submarine_move_posterOn July 17, 1968, the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” film premiered in London. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, based on the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the screenplay penned by four collaborators including Erich Segal. The film received a widely positive reception from critics and audiences alike. It is also credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Axl_rose_in_israelOn July 17, 1993, Guns N’ Roses played the last date on their Use Your Illusion Tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the final show with the original members. It was not only the band’s longest tour, but one of the longest concert tours in rock history, consisting of 194 shows in 31 countries. It was also a source of much infamy for the band, due to riots, late starts, cancellations and outspoken rantings by Axl Rose.

 

 

 

 

 
220px-5DCoverOn July 18, 1966, ‘Fifth Dimension’ by the Byrds was released. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, during a chart stay of 28 weeks, and reached #27 in the UK. Two singles, “Eight Miles High” and “5D (Fifth Dimension)” were included on the album, with the former just missing the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart. Additionally, a third single taken from the album, “Mr. Spaceman,” reached the US Top 40. The LP is widely regarded as the band’s most experimental album to date and is considered influential in originating the musical genre of psychedelic.

 

 

 

AnthemOfTheSunOn July 18, 1968, the Grateful Dead released their second studio album, ‘Anthem of the Sun.’ It is the first album to feature second drummer Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. In 2003, the album was ranked #287 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 

 

Kiss-KasketOn July 18, 2001, the Kiss Kasket, an actual coffin featuring the faces of the four founding members of the band, went on sale. Also included were the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good.” Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel) was buried in a Kiss Kasket.

 

 

 

 

Beatles_help2On July 19, 1965, the Beatles released the single “Help!” b/w “I’m Down” in North America (July 23rd in the UK). The song hit #1 for three weeks in both the US and the UK. “Help!” was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. During an interview with Playboy in 1984, Paul McCartney stated that the title was “out of desperation.” In 2004, it was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 
lennongetty200On July 19, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording “Sexy Sadie,” a John Lennon composition about his disillusionment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lennon originally wanted to title the song “Maharishi,” but changed the title to “Sexy Sadie” at George Harrison’s urging. The track was completed on August 21, 1968. Lennon once said of the song: “That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, ‘Sexy Sadie,’ instead of (sings) ‘Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool…’ I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I’d like them to be.” He told Rolling Stone that when the Maharishi asked why he was leaving, he replied, “Well, if you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.”

 

 

 

 

likeaRollingStoneOn July 20, 1965, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was released by Columbia records. It turns out to be his biggest hit ever, climbing to #2 in the US and #4 in the UK. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned from a grueling tour of England, exhausted. After the lyrics were heavily edited, “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ More than 40 years since its release, it remains highly regarded, as measured by polls of reviewers and fellow songwriters. Rolling Stone picked “Like a Rolling Stone” as the #2 single of the past 25 years in 1989, and then in 2004 placed the song at #1 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

10363134_649013441850107_4235627723283340296_nOn July 20, 1968, Iron Butterfly’s classic album, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band’s second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to #30, but the album climbed to #4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

 

 

 

220px-CandleboxdebutOn July 20, 1993, Candlebox released their self-titled debut. It contains their best known hit, “Far Behind” as well as the hit singles “Change,” “You” and “Cover Me.” The album has since been certified 4× platinum in the United States.

 

This Week In Music History – July 7 – July 13

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

This Week In Music History – June 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.

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending June 13

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What to get Dad for Father’s Day?  VINYL of course!! 

 

 

 

 

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What goes around comes around: With sales on the up, is it time to go back to vinyl?

 

 

 

 

tysegall_manipulator_002Ty Segall announces new album, Manipulator, world tour

 

 

 

 

 

metallicaoslo2014official_638Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: I’m Convinced That 90 Percent of the New Album Is Written

 

 

 

 

 

20140609-gratefuldead-600-1402334091Grateful Dead’s 1972 German Concert to Hit Movie Theaters This Summer

 

 

 

 

 
electric-wurmsThe Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd announce new album as Electric Würms

 

 

 

 

 

 
LiLinkin-Parknkin Park Stream ‘The Hunting Party’ Album Ahead of Release
 

 

 

 

 
jackwhiteJack White Interviewed, Performs “Lazaretto” and “Just One Drink” on “The Tonight Show”
 

 

 

 

 
Thypom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “U Get Me High” & “Red River”
 

 

 

 

The-New-Pornographers-Brill-Busters-300x300The New Pornographers Announce New Album ‘Brill Bruisers’ With Title Track, Tour
 

 

 

 

spoon-they-want-my-soul-album-coverSpoon Share Shadowy Video for Brooding ‘Rent I Pay’
 

 

 

 

 
LightMyFireCoverDEEP PURPLE, DREAM THEATER, YES, FOREIGNER Members Pay Tribute To THE DOORS On ‘Light My Fire’

 

 

 

 

 

 

amoeba_970-630x420Why Indie Legend Amoeba Music Struck a Deal With Urban Outfitters
 

 

 

 

Untitled-1-481483The Sugarbush records story: How Tunbridge Wells became the capital of rare Sixties pop
 

 

 

 

 
Mastodon-300x154Watch Mastodon’s Epic Music Video For “High Road”
 

 

 

 

 

220px-MySharonaCoverThe History of ‘My Sharona’ – How One Song Doomed the Knack
 

 

 

 

 
photoMotorhead to Reissue ‘Aftershock’ as Tour Edition With Bonus Live Disc
 

 

 

 

 
superMembers of Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age Form New Supergroup
 

 

 

 

 

ramonesThe Ramones’ debut album goes gold nearly 40 years later

 

 

 

 

 
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Vinyl Records Excavated at Famous ’60s Commune Challenge ‘Hippie’ Stereotype, Study Says

 

 

 

 

 

tullJethro Tull’s Ian Anderson To Release ‘Thick as a Brick’ Live Set

 

 

 

 

 

pains-of-being-pure-of-heart_0The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Plot Fall U.S. Tour – Indie darlings will join the New Pornographers on the road this October

 

 

 

 

 

finch-300x154VINYL REVIEW: Finch – ‘Say Hello To Sunshine’

 

 

 

 

 

askingprice_1milStill want to book your favorite band? Here’s how much it’ll actually cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

neontrees-x600-1402594572Watch Neon Trees Perform Live at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

 
discmakersDisc Makers re-opens vinyl pressing plant

 

 

 

 

 
paulstanleybooksigning_638KISS’ PAUL STANLEY On Rumored Las Vegas Residency: ‘It Will Be Everything That People Would Expect And More’

 

 

 

 

 

 
unluck-131Friday the 13th: 13 Bad Luck Rockers

 

 

 

 

 

 
20140612-bradalangeorge-x600-1402624507Country’s 15 Greatest Odes to Dear Old Dad – Our picks for your Father’s Day playlist

 

 

This Week In Music History – June 9 -15

Some_GirlsOn June 9, 1978, ‘Some Girls‘ was released by the Rolling Stones. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and became one of the band’s biggest-selling albums in the US, and has been certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. The album cover for was designed by Peter Corriston, with illustrations by Hubert Kretzschmar. An elaborate die-cut design, with colors varying on different sleeves, it featured band in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action. The album was quickly reissued with a revised cover that removed all the celebrities whether they had complained or not, and were replaced with black and punk style garish colors with the phrase PARDON OUR APPEARANCE – COVER UNDER RE-CONSTRUCTION (found on most reissues since).

 

220px-InvisibleTouch86On June 9, 1986 the album ‘Invisible Touch’ was released by Genesis. It reached #1 in the UK where it remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it by far the most commercially successful album of their career, certified 6x platinum in the US and 4x platinum in the UK; eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide. It received generally favorable reviews from critics and produced five US Top 5 singles, including the title track which reached the #1 spot on the US chart, the only song by Genesis to do so.

 

 

 

 
Janis_Lyn_JoplinOn June 10, 1966, Big Brother & the Holding Company made their first live appearance in San Francisco at the Avalon with new lead singer Janis Joplin.

 

 

 

 

 
The_Eagles_-_One_of_These_NightsOn June 10, 1975, the Eagles released their fourth studio album, ‘One Of These Nights.’ The album released three Top 10 singles, “One of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It To The Limit.” Those singles reached #1, #2, and #4 respectively. The album became the band’s first album to top the charts. The album sold 4 million copies and won the band its first Grammy for “Lyin’ Eyes.” The album was the band’s breakthrough album, transforming them to international superstars.

 

 

 
220px-R_E_M__-_Fables_of_the_ReconstructionOn June 10, 1985, R.E.M. released ‘Fables of the Reconstruction.’ The LP reached #28 in the US (going gold in 1991) and was the band’s best showing yet in the UK, peaking at #35. Peter Buck, in the liner notes of the 25th Anniversary Deluxe edition, said, “Over the years, a certain misapprehension about Fables of the Reconstruction has built up. For some reason, people have the impression that the members of R.E.M. don’t like the record. Nothing could be further from the truth. [...] It’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is. Nobody but R.E.M. could have made that record.”

 

 

 

 

elvisTeddyOn June 11, 1957, Elvis Presley released the single “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” b/w “Loving You.” The song was a US number-one hit for Elvis Presley during the summer of 1957, staying at #1 for 7 weeks, and his third of the four that he would have that year. “(Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear” would also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers List, becoming his fourth number one on that chart.

 

 

 
Manfred_mann_do_wah_diddy_diddyOn June 11, 1964, Manfred Mann recorded “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.” The now legendary cut (and bar band and wedding band staple) was released on July 10 and spent two weeks #1 in the UK Singles Chart in August and two weeks at the #1 spot in the US Billboard Hot 100 in October.

 

 

 

 

dark_side_of_the_moonOn June 11, 2011, Pink Floyd‘s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ re-entered the Billboard Album chart at #47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s charts. The album, which was released in 1973, has done consistently well reaching #1 on more than one occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfer_Girl_coverOn June 12, 1963, at Western Studios in Los Angeles, the Beach Boys recorded “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Surfer Girl.” The latter, was written solely by Brian Wilson, the song is his very first composition. Although the song is sometimes referred to as a tribute to his then girlfriend Judy Bowles, this is untrue as the song wasn’t written with anyone particular in mind. It was the first Beach Boys recording session where Brian Wilson served as the official producer.

 

 

 
MariahCarey-MCcoverOn June 12, 1990, Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album. Five singles were released from the album, four of which became number-one hits on the Hot 100. The album was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over nine million copies in the United States. The album experienced similar success in Canada, where it topped the charts and was certified seven-times platinum.

 

 

 
220px-John-Lennon-Darfur-v2On June 12, 2007, the 21 song John Lennon tribute album “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur” was released. The set contains Jackson Browne’s rendition of “Oh My Love,” as well as contributions from Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. who provide the compilation’s first single, “#9 Dream,” featuring the band’s founding drummer, Bill Berry. Proceeds go to Amnesty International’s initiative against the Darfur genocide.

 

 

 

 
Frank_Sinatra_laughingOn June 13, 1971, Frank Sinatra performed his “retirement” concert at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, a benefit performance marking the 50th anniversary of the Motion Picture And Television Relief Fund. His 11-song set ended with the song “Angel Eyes” and its last line, “‘S’cuse me … while I … disappear,” after which the spotlight that had been reduced to illuminate only his face was extinguished. Sinatra returned a year and a half later with the legendary comeback album “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back.”

 

 

 
candy-O_-_The_CarsOn June 13, 1979, ‘Candy-O‘ by the Cars was released. The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band’s artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of the Cars. The painting, depicting a girl sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership.

 

 

 

alanis_Morissette_-_Jagged_Little_PillOn June 13, 1995, Alanis Morissette released the album ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ It became a commercial and critical success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. The album produced six singles, including the Grammy nominated “Ironic.” In October 2002, Rolling Stone ranked it #31 on its Women In Rock – The 50 Essential Albums list, and in 2003 the magazine ranked it #327 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 

 
BeatlesVIalbumcoverOn June 14,1965, the Beatles released the album ‘Beatles VI.’ It was the seventh Capitol Records release in the US (including The Beatles’ Story). It was the ninth album released into that market in less than one and a half years (Vee-Jay Records and United Artists Records also released one album each during that period). The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions. ‘Beatles VI’ reached #1 in Billboard for six weeks, beginning on July 10, 1965.

 

 

 

 

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On June 14, 1968, the legendary LP ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida’ by Iron Butterfly was released. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and was given the distinction of being the first album to be awarded platinum status when the RIAA began that achievement level in 1976. Today it is a 4x platinum album with sales of over 30 million copies. It was also Atlantic Records’ biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV.

 

 

 
On June220px-Grateful_Dead_-_Workingman's_Dead 14, 1970, the Grateful Dead released the LP ‘Workingman’s Dead.’ The title of the album comes from a comment from Jerry Garcia to lyricist Robert Hunter about how “this album was turning into the Workingman’s Dead version of the band.” In 2003, the album was ranked #262 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

 

 
220px-Emerson,_Lake_&_Palmer_-_Tarkus_(1971)_front_coverOn June 14, 1971, Emerson, Lake and Palmer released the LP ‘Tarkus ‘in the UK on Island Records, appearing two months later in the US on Cotillion Records. It’s one of only two ELP records to reach the Top 10 in the States, making it to #9 (Trilogy, the following year, got to #5), while in Britain it’s their only number-one album. Additionally, Tarkus spent a total of 17 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. In Japan the album was released on Atlantic Records. Later vinyl reissues were on the Manticore label.

 

 

 

 

LikeaRollingStoneOn June 15, 1965, in New York, Bob Dylan began a two-day recording session that produced his classic “Like A Rolling Stone.” The fourth of 15 takes on the second day was the version released as the single. The track has been described as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan’s voice, and the directness of the question in the chorus: “How does it feel?”. The cut transformed Dylan’s career and is today considered one of the most influential compositions in post-war popular music. The song has been covered by numerous artists, varying from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, The Wailers to Green Day. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Like a Rolling Stone” at the top of their list of “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.” In 2006, Pitchfork Media placed it at number 4 on their list of “The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”.

 

 

220px-Bob_Dylan_-_Street-LegalOn June 15, 1978, ‘Street Legal’ by Bob Dylan was released. It was another gold record for Dylan, but it peaked at only #11 on the US Billboard charts, making it his first studio album to miss the US Top 10 since 1964.

 

 

 

 
220px-Nirvana-BleachOn June 15, 1989, Nirvana‘s debut album ‘Bleach‘ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling “pissed off,” and that he did not regard them highly. The album cover was photographed by Cobain’s then-girlfriend Tracy Marander during a concert at the Reko Muse art gallery in Olympia, Washington.