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MAY 26 – THE BEATLES

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MAY 26 – THE BEATLES

MAY 26... 1967 - The Beatles masterpiece, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released in the UK, one week before its American debut. The album took over 700 hours to record under the direction of George Martin and cost $75,000 to produce. A then state-of-the-art four track recorder was used to build each song layer by layer. The LP spent 22 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. The iconic album cover, depicting the band posing in front of a collage of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by English pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by Paul McCartney. "Sgt. Pepper" has now sold over 30 million copies worldwide. 1969 - John Lennon recorded "Give Peace a Chance" in a room at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth in Montreal, Canada. The voices of Tommy Smothers and Petula ...

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MAY 19 1965 – LOUIE LOUIE TROUBLE

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MAY 19 1965 – LOUIE...

1965 - May 19 FBI agents visit Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen after an outraged parent wrote to Robert Kennedy, then the Attorney General of the United States, alleging that the lyrics were obscene. The FBI would eventually release a statement that said that it was impossible to exactly decipher the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed by The Kingsmen." The lyrics controversy resurfaced briefly in 2005 when the superintendent of the school system in Benton Harbor, Michigan, refused to let the marching band at one of the schools play the song in a parade. She later relented

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May 12 1951 – Rocket 88

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May 12 1951 – Rocket 88

1951 - May 12 The number one record on America's R&B chart was a song called "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Many Rock historians say that this was the first true Rock and Roll record. Although Brenston sang, played sax and is credited as composer, 'His Delta Cats' were actually Ike Turner And His Kings of Rhythm. Drawing on the template of jump blues and swing combo music, Turner made the style even rawer, superimposing Brenston's enthusiastic vocals, his own piano, and tenor saxophone solos by 17-year-old Raymond Hill (later to be the father of Tina Turner's first child, before she married Ike). Willie Sims played drums for the recording. The song also features one of the first examples of distortion, or fuzz guitar, and feedback ever recorded, played by the band's guitarist Willie Kizart. The song was recorded in the Memphis studio of producer Sam Phillips in March 1951, and ...

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May 5 – Soldier Boy

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May 5 – Soldier Boy

1962 - May 5 The Shirelles were presented with a Gold record for "Soldier Boy", a song that was recorded in one take and originally intended as an album filler. It was the second million seller for them, following their first number one hit, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". The girls would later find the US Top 10 again with "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Mama Said", "Baby It's You" and "Foolish Little Girl".

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APRIL 28 – “Hair” Raising

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APRIL 28 – “Hair&...

1968 - April 28 The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like Galt MacDermot's "Hair" and "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", along with "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy to Be Hard". The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972. In 1979 the movie version was released starring very young John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo. Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to ...

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APRIL 21 MUSIC HISTORY – BEAT & ROLL

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APRIL 21 MUSIC HISTORY –...

1963 - April 21 The Beatles and The Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Stones' performance at the Crawdaddy Club. 'We got all nervous', said Bill Wyman, 'but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.'

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April 14 Music History – Rearview Mirror Watching

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April 14 Music History –...

1970 - April 14 Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror. OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT STEPHEN STILLS... ... Stills dropped out of Louisiana State University[4] to pursue a music career in the early 1960s. He played in a series of bands including The Continentals, which featured future Eagles guitarist Don Felder. ... Stills made an unsuccessful attempt to become one of The Monkees. He was turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork ... Having played at the Monterey Pop Festival with Buffalo Springfield, and both Woodstock and Altamont with CSNY, Stills performed at all three of the iconic U.S. rock ...

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April 7 Music History – Ricki, Chuck E. & Tom too

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April 7 - 1979 24 year old Rickie Lee Jones performs her upcoming single "Chuck E's In Love" on Saturday Night Live. The song would rise to #4 on the Billboard chart and help bring Jones a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer. Over the course of a career of over three decades, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. Her songwriting has been characterized as "a blend of bravado and vulnerability [that] wavers on indefinable borders". She is also known for her unique singing style. In early 1978, through the efforts of her friend Ivan Ulz, she came to the attention of Dr. John and Little Feat's Lowell George. Ulz introduced Lowell George to Jones's composition "Easy Money" by singing it to him over the telephone. George recorded ...

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March 31 Music History – 45 rpm

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1949 - March 31 RCA Victor introduced the 7-inch 45 rpm fine-grooved vinyl record, marketed simply as a "45". The new format, which had been under development for several years,[4] was RCA Victor's belatedly unveiled alternative to the 12-inch and 10-inch 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl "LP" (Long Play) discs introduced by arch-rival CBS/Columbia in 1948. In heavy promotion, RCA sold compact, inexpensive add-on and stand-alone units that played the 45 rpm format exclusively. At first, RCA Victor's 45s were issued on colored vinyl according to the musical genre: ordinary pop music on black vinyl, prestigious Broadway musicals and operettas on "midnight blue" vinyl, classical music on red vinyl, country and polka on green, children's fare on yellow, rhythm and blues on orange or cerise, and international on teal. This array of colors complicated the production process and the practice was soon discontinued. The use of vinyl, which was much more expensive ...

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MARCH 24 MUSIC HISTORY – YESTERDAY & TODAY

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1966 - March 24 The Beatles posed with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of the album, "Yesterday and Today". After a public outcry, the L.P. was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover that showed them sitting in and around a steamer trunk. Yesterday and Today included tracks from the Beatles' two most recent British LPs which had not yet been included on American albums, plus three from their upcoming LP in the United Kingdom, plus two songs which were back-to-back on a single: ~from the UK LP Help!, the tracks "Act Naturally" and "Yesterday" (earlier issued by Capitol as a single) ~from the UK LP Rubber Soul, the tracks "Nowhere Man" and "What Goes On" (also earlier issued by Capitol as a single), plus "Drive My Car" and "If I Needed Someone." ~both sides of the double A-side single "Day Tripper"/"We Can Work It Out"~from the not-yet-released UK LP Revolver, the tracks "I'm Only Sleeping", "Doctor Robert", and "And Your ...

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