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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.

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending August 15, 2014

tomTom Petty tops new Billboard Artist 100 chart

 

 

 

 

 
Social-Listening-Trend-Return-of-Vinyl-Topic-Wheel-600x309Social Listening Reveals a Growing Trend: Return of Vinyl

 

 

 

 

 
Ozzy-Osbourne1OZZY OSBOURNE Performs At South Korea’s HYUNDAI CARD CITYBREAK Festival (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOFoo Fighters New Album ‘Sonic Highways’ Set For Nov. 10th Release

 

 

 

 

 
ryan-adamsTreble’s Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2014

 

 

 

 

 
Glastonbury 2014Watch: Arcade Fire covers Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

 

 

 

 

 

 

56th GRAMMY Awards - ShowDaft Punk Make Elusive ‘Human After All’ Remix Album Available Worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

smash20thThe Offspring launch pre-order for “Smash” reissue

 

 

 

 

 

 

DragonForce, “Maximum Overload”Eight new albums highlight the late summer season

 

 

 

 

 
record-music-store-billboard-650Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

 

 

 

 

 
beckAustin City Limits Celebrates 40th Season with Performances by Beck, Tweedy + More

 

 

 

 

 
Gregg-Allman-Lynyrd-Skynyrd-Peter-FramptonLynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert Will Include Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton + More

 

 

 

 

 

 

tweedyJeff Tweedy Announces Fall Tour, Including A Few Wilco Shows – New album Sukierae out September 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

U2New U2 Rumors Predict Fall Release for Album

 

 

 

 

 
annielennox-nostalgia-albumcover-pr-image-2015-billboard-650Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With ‘Nostalgia’ Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatles_sgt-peppersThe 50 Best Album Closing Tracks in History

 

 

 

 

 

 

preview_BP844740Nostalgia: 30 Birmingham record shops where you spent your Saturdays and your hard-earned cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine-Head-Bloodstone-and-DiamondsMachine Head Unveil ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ Album Details

 

 

 

 

 
Tscreen-shot-2014-08-14-at-10-42-02-amhis app promises to save concerts from cellphones

 

 

 

 

 
belle_bundle_1Belle and Sebastian Announce “It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career” Vinyl Reissue Series

 

 

 

 

 
michael-jackson310314Michael Jackson’s ‘A Place With No Name’ Video Makes Twitter History

 

 

 

 

 
Rick Ross Performs At James L Knight CenterDef Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Box Set, Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

jjjjjjjjjjjjjJohnny Marr – “Easy Money” Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob-SegerBob Seger Releases New Single ‘Detroit Made’

 

 

 

 

 

 

death-from-above-1979-1Watch: Death From Above 1979 debut new song “Right On, Frankenstein!”

 

 

 

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending June 27, 2014

kurtcobainperformance_638_0NIRVANA Bassist Says KURT COBAIN Wouldn’t Have Killed Himself If Sober

 

 

 

 

 
screen-shot-2014-06-22-at-11-07-55-pmPrince has two new albums on the way, song inspired by Prince meme

 

 

 

 

 
193Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies + Exodus Announce 2014 Fall U.S. Tour

 

 

 

 

 

NY-DB526_NYVINY_G_20140622164414Ryan Adams, Norah Jones and an $80,000 Stereo System – Artists Rock Vinyl, Talk Music With Chuck Klosterman

 

 

 

 

 
Lenny-KravitzLenny Kravitz to release new album

 

 

 

 

 
Robert-PlantRobert Plant Releases ‘Rainbow’ Single and New Album Info

 

 

 

 

 
daft-punk-0626Daft Punk to be subject of forthcoming documentary

 

 

 

 

 
ddddddddddddDylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ draft sells for $2M

 

 

 

 

 
tyranny-580x580Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Announce Debut Album Tyranny for September 2014 Release

 

 

 

 

 
Avenged-Sevenfold-Waking-the-FallenAvenged Sevenfold Announce ‘Waking the Fallen’ Album Reissue Plans

 

 

 

 

 
Peter-Frampton_HummingbirdPeter Frampton Release New Album

 

 

 

 

 
phishonletterman001Watch: Phish perform on Late Show, Live on Letterman

 

 

 

 

 

MJ

Michael Jackson’s Secret Rock and Roll History

 

 

 

 

 

15286666-mmmainBasin Street Records gets back into the vinyl business with new Rebirth Brass Band albums

 

 

 

 

 
VINYL-RECORDS-large570The Act of Listening’s Changed Since Music Went Digital

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-strokes8 Bands That Never Appear On Album Covers: Radiohead, The Strokes, And More

 

 

 

 

 
220px-78_rpmCollectors Of 78s Remain Addicted To The Old Sounds – Connecticut Devotees, Young And Old, On The Hunt For Rare Gems

 

 

 

 

 

karen_o_2613562Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O Announces Solo Album, ‘Crush Songs’

 

 

 

 

 

la-1872826-et-0527-stoughton-jackets-jlc-01-jpg-20140626As vinyl returns, they’ve got it covered

 

 

 

 

 

marilynmansonking2013_638MARILYN MANSON: Bomb Threats And Protests Force Cancelation Of Two Shows in Russia

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2014-06-27-at-9-12-51-amHAIM’s sophomore album is “coming very soon”

 

 

 

 

 
Judas-PriestJudas Priest Announce 2014 U.S. Tour Dates

 

 

 

 

 
arcArcade Fire Perform at Glastonbury: Watch – “We Exist” and “Reflektor”, complete with fireworks and a team of male dancers

 

 

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.