~1966 – Buffalo Springfield form in Los Angeles
~ 1989 – Debbie Gibson (remember her) has a #1 hit with “Lost in Your Eyes”
1963 – Patsy Cline perishes in a plane crash
1984 – The Smith’s eponymous debut is released in the U.S. & Canada
1958 – Andy Gibb is born
1970 – John Fruciante is born
~ Dr. John album ‘In The Right Place’ is released and soars in the charts with song “Right Place, Wrong Time”.
~ 1975 – David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ is released
~ 2001 – Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow” voted Song of the 20th Century’ by the RIAA
~ 1944 – Townes Van Zandt is born
1965 – Bob Dylan releases “Subterranean Homesick Blues’ which becomes his first Top 40 hit. It was the lead track on the album Bringing It All Back Home. One of Dylan’s first electric recordings, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is also notable for its innovative film clip, which first appeared in D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary Dont Look Back.
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” is an amalgam of Jack Kerouac, the Woody Guthrie–Pete Seeger song “Taking It Easy” (“Mom was in the kitchen preparing to eat / Sis was in the pantry looking for some yeast”) and the rock’n’roll poetry of Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business”.
The song’s first line is a reference to codeine distillation and the politics of the time: “Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine / I’m on the pavement thinkin’ about the government”. The song also depicts some of the growing conflicts between “straights” or “squares” and the emerging counterculture of the 1960s.
Listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the 332nd “Greatest Song of All Time”, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” has had a wide influence, resulting in iconic references by artists and non-artists alike. Most famously, its lyric “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” was the inspiration for the name of the American radical left group the Weathermen, a breakaway from the Students for a Democratic Society. In a 2007 study of legal opinions and briefs that found Dylan was quoted by judges and lawyers more than any other songwriter, “you don’t need a weatherman…” was distinguished as the line most often cited.