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

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







afghanwhig_gentlemenlpThe Afghan Whigs to reissue Gentlemen with unreleased material





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MonoVinyl_Press03Beatles’ mono vinyl brings fans back to the start





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






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







U2U2 releases its new album for free today exclusively on iTunes







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







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






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







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





RushRush Releasing 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Box







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






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






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







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







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

opethpalelpListen: Opeth’s new song “Eternal Rains”






nick drakeRare Nick Drake demo pulled from sale after legal row





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





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






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







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







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







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





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





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







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







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





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






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






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







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







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





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





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




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


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





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







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





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





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







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







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







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





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






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







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







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Stevie Nicks Raids Her Vaults for New Album





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





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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 18, 2014

20140712-radiohead-600-1405190213Radiohead to Begin Work on New Album in September







British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thNeil Young Cancels Crazy Horse Concert In Israel







147831684KISS Announce 2014 Las Vegas Residency Shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino







deeppurplegraz1975Historic Deep Purple ‘Graz 1975′ CD, 2LP, And Digital Audio Due In September







blink-182-confirm-new-albumBlink-182 Announce New Album on Instagram







1404805324000-Bitter-Tears-Revisited-final-cover-353xJohnny Cash Tribute Album to Feature Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and More







blueBlue Note Records Continues 75th Anniversary Celebrations





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ooooooooooooArcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallett, More Make Polaris Prize Shortlist







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rrrrrHalfway To Insanity: How The Ramones Changed Heavy Metal








Smashing Pumpkins” Intimate 1998 Masterpiece ‘Adore’ Set For Reissue In September






macdemobundleMac DeMarco to release demos from 2 and Salad Days on vinyl







Linkin-Park-Black-Keys-Jack-WhiteLinkin Park, The Black Keys, Jack White + More Earn 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations






jimihendrix-x600-1405632252Jimi Hendrix’s Early Recordings as a Sideman to Get Proper Release – Hendrix’s recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires will be issued over next three years






seedsThe Seeds Celebrated with Documentary Featuring Iggy Pop, Bruce Johnston






140716-fair-digital-dealsIndie Giants Unite for ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’ – Domino, Sub Pop among labels calling for more transparent dealings with streaming services






Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 - Day 1 - ShowEric Clapton’s Future Plans: Quit the Road, Make a New Album







slash-breaking-bad-sequelKickstarter’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Sequel Stars Slash as Walter White Nemesis







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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.



This Week In Music History – June 23 – 29

220px-Smokey-miracles-page-displayOn June 23, 1965, Motown Records released “Tracks Of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles. The song was written by the group, based on a riff that Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin had come up with. Their version would reach #16 on the US Pop charts. It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



220px-Supertramp_-_Breakfast_in_AmericaOn June 23. 1979, Supertramp‘s album, ‘Breakfast in America‘ rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, “The Logical Song” (#6), “Goodbye Stranger” (#15), and “Take the Long Way Home” (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.




220px-Hammer_TouchOn June 23, 1990, the decline of the music industry was never more evident than when MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” topped the Billboard R&B chart. By simply talking over Rick James’ 1981 hit, “Super Freak,” Hammer (real name: Stanley Kirk Burrell) would go on to win Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Song as well as Best Rap Solo Performance.






EndlessSummerBBCoverOn June 24, 1974, the Beach Boys released the compilation album ‘Endless Summer.’ The double album spent 155 weeks on the Billboard album chart, and peaked at #1. It was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA for selling over three million copies in the US. Initial pressings of this album contained a poster depicting an airplane flying a Beach Boys banner. While the album is limited entirely to the band’s sixties material, the cover artwork reflected the Beach Boys’ seventies appearance.




Eric_Clapton2_in_1978On June 24,  2004, a Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.






allyouneedisloveOn June 25,1967, 150 million people in 26 countries saw the Beatles perform “All You Need is Love,” live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, Our World. The Beatles were asked to come up with a song containing a simple message to be understood by all nationalities. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said Brian Epstein. “It cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”




220px-PrincepurplerainOn June 25.  1984, the soundtrack ‘Purple Rain, by Prince was released five weeks ahead of the film. The two main songs from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” would top the US singles charts and were hits around the world, while the title track would go to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and #72 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.




michael-jackson310314On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died while in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22, arriving three minutes later at Jackson’s location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for an hour after arriving there at 1:13. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time. He earned the title of “The King Of Pop” by collecting 13 Grammy Awards and 13 US number one singles. Jackson’s death triggered an outpouring of grief by music fans around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically. Michael had been scheduled to perform his This Is It concert series to over one million people at London’s O2 arena from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.



Beatles_-_She_Loves_YouOn June 26, 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose “She Loves You” in a hotel room in Newcastle, England while on tour there with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers. The single set and surpassed several records in the UK charts, and set a record in the US as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the American charts simultaneously on April 4, 1964. In November 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “She Loves You” #64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.




Don_McLean_-_American_PieOn June 26, 1971, Don McLean’s 8:36 long epic “American Pie” debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, “The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it’s part reality and part fantasy, but I’m always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses.” The single would rise to #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.





Elvis_Presley_68_Comeback_SpecialOn June 27, 1968, Elvis Presley started filming what would become known as his Comeback Special. It would eventually air in December. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including “That’s All Right Mama,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing “If I Can Dream.” Presley was extremely nervous about performing live for the first time in seven years, and was told by producer Steve Binder that once he went out there, he could just get up and leave if he found he couldn’t handle it. A close look at the video tape reveals that, once on stage, he pretended to do just that. Elvis performed two of these jam session shows – one in the afternoon and one in the evening. His memorable performance later served as the inspiration for MTV’s “Unplugged” series.

The_B-52's_-_Cosmic_ThingOn June 27, 1989, ‘Cosmic Thing‘ by the B-52′s was released. The album contains the singles “Love Shack” and “Roam,” which remain two of their most popular tunes. The success of the album served as a comeback after the death of former guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.





NeilYoungMirrorBallOn June 27, 1995, ‘Mirror Ball’ by Neil Young & Pearl Jam was released. Tying in with the album title, a mirror ball graces the album’s cover art. Because of legal complications between their respective record companies, only Young’s name appears on the album sleeve, although the individual members of Pearl Jam are credited individually in the album’s liner notes. The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has been certified gold by the RIAA.






Kinks_Lola_Uk_CoverOn June 28, 1970, the Kinks released the single “Lola” in North America (June 12 in the UK). The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possible transvestite or transgender person he meets in a club in Soho, London, with the narrator describing his confusion towards a person named Lola who “walked like a woman and talked like a man.” The song reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the US. It was ranked #422 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



Elton_John_-_CaribouOn June 28, 1974, Elton John released the album ‘Caribou,’ recorded at the Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado. The album contains the singles, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart and #2 in the US and “The Bitch Is Back,” which reached #15 in the UK and #4 in the US.







buddyholly300-5b2752a281088b596533f2e083fd187ffa355e9c-s6-c85On June 29, 1957, Buddy Holly recorded the song “Peggy Sue.” The song was originally called “Cindy Lou”, and was named for Buddy’s niece, the daughter of his sister Pat Holley Kaiter. The title was later changed to “Peggy Sue” in reference to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison’s girlfriend (and future wife), Peggy Sue Gerron, with whom he had recently had a temporary breakup. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957. The song is ranked #194 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957.




Saucerful_of_secrets2On June 29, 1968, Pink Floyd‘s second album ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ was released in the UK. (June 27 in the US). It was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios on various dates from August 1967 to April 1968. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album in which all five band members contributed. This is the first of several Pink Floyd album covers designed by Hipgnosis.