Allah-Las have a new 10″ EP of covers coming out on November 3 via Mexican Summer, featuring their takes on Kathy Heideman’s “The Earth Won’t Hold Me,” George Harrison’s “Fish On The Sand,” Further’s “JO Eleven,” and Television’s “Hard On Love.”
1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.
1962 – After George Martin insists that session drummer Andy White take Ringo Starr’s place, The Beatles return to EMI Studios in London for a third attempt at recording their first single. “Love Me Do” is selected to be The Beatles’ first A-side, with “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side (a reversal of the original plan). The single that is released on October ...
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How about this for a rock-n-roll “Father’s Day Special” this weekend: Dave Grohl brought his 8-year-old daughter Harper onstage to play drums with the Foo Fighters at their show at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival. Watch some great fan videos below.
According to reports George Harrison’s wife Olivia found some lyrics written by her late husband, hidden inside a piano bench. These included a song called “Hey Ringo” from 1970.
The lyrics include the lines:
“Hey Ringo, now I want you to know, that without you, my guitar plays far ...
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
Each album has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Those records are then housed in a high-quality slipcase that replicates each album’s original artwork and track list. The Vinyl Collection also comes with two 12-inch single picture discs ...
1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1963 – The British paper Daily Mirror coins the term “Beatlemania!” in a cover story reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England.
1963 – Kate Smith gives her first full concert to paying customers.
1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Willy and the Poor Boys...
1894 – Billboard Advertising begins publication. Within a few years, it starts focusing on billboards for entertainment shows and drops “Advertising” from its name, and by the 1930s, it is covering radio and sales of a new medium: jukebox records.
1955 – R&B group The Famous Flames, led by James Brown, cut their first demo (of “Please, Please, Please”) at a radio station in Macon, Georgia. It leads to their contract deal with King Records.
1959 – Ray Charles leaves his old label, Atlantic, for a better deal at ABC-Paramount Records.
1968 – George Harrison releases Wonderwall Music, thereby ...
1962 – Parlophone releases the first Beatles single, “Love Me Do.” The song gets its first radio spin that same day on Radio Luxembourg.
1966 – Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding play together for the first time, and just like that, The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London.
1970 – Led Zeppelin III is released in the US.
1975 – Original Wailers members Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer play together for the last time at the Wonder Dream Concert, which is a benefit organized by Stevie Wonder in Kingston, Jamaica.
1958 – The first of Alan Freed’s Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York’s Fox Theatre. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton are all on the bill.
1958 – George Harrison joins the band Quarrymen, of which John Lennon and Paul McCartney are already members.
1966 – At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, The Beatles play their last concert before a paying audience to a sold out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. They finish the show with a ...
The mid-1960s were an incredibly exciting time for the music world. With the release of classic records like Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Aftermath by The Rolling Stones and Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan, the ideas of what the album as an artistic medium and pop music could be were changing. Leading the charge was The Beatles, who had taken the world by storm in the early 1960s and were beginning to reach their commercial peak. What made the group truly remarkable though is that they were constantly ...
1959 – Goldband Records releases “Puppy Love,” the debut single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton (which had been recorded two years earlier when she was just 11). The song doesn’t chart, but later becomes a hit for Donny Osmond.
1966 – The Beatles work on the new John Lennon song “And Your Bird Can Sing” and George Harrison’s “Taxman” during a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London.
1968 – Deep Purple makes their live debut at a gig in Tastrup, Denmark. Formerly known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested the band change its name to his grandmother’s favorite song (which was a hit for ...
1956 – Elvis Presley releases his self-titled, debut album.
1963 – Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire.”
1964 – John Lennon’s first book, In His Own Write, is published.
1972 – The film The Concert For Bangladesh, featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, premieres in New York. The event is the first benefit concert of its magnitude in world history. The concert raises $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which is administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
1980 – U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get ...
The quiet Beatle would have been 73 today, and in celebration, Rolling Stone has shared Ben Harper‘s contribution to George Fest: A Night to Celebrate George Harrison, a day before its full release.
For his performance, Harper covered his favorite George song, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)“, from Harrison’s 1973 album Living In The Material World. It was Harrison’s 2nd solo #1 single after “My Sweet Lord.”Harper’s cover remains faithful by retaining George’s signature slide guitar while his bluesy vocals give the tune a more ...
The world is not a perfect place, but sometimes good can be found through unexpected means, such as in music. Musicians across have long used their voices and influence to help others across the world. They have largely utilized their publicity and sales to support others during hard times, both in raising awareness and immense funding to offer a hand in any means possible.
In April 1971, George Harrison initiated the concept of of a charity concert to support UNICEF’s efforts in Bangladesh. The Harrison family has since been involved in the organization for over ...