Tag Archives: John Lennon

Aug 14 in Music History: The Who release Who’s Next, Michael Jackson buys rights to Lennon/McCartney songs

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The Who Who's Next

 

1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.

1971 – The Who release Who’s Next.

1971 – Elton John records “Madman Across The Water.”

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The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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.

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June 12 in Music History: The Supremes make history, Teddy Pendergrass releases his debut solo album

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June 12 in Music History: The Supremes make history, Teddy Pendergrass releases his debut solo album
1959 – Chuck Berry releases his third studio album, Chuck Berry Is On Top.

1963 – The Beach Boys record “Surfer Girl” and “Little Deuce Coupe.”
1964 – The Zombies record “She’s Not There.”
1965 – The Supremes become the first group to score a fifth consecutive US #1 single when “Back In My Arms Again” goes to the top of the charts.
1966 – Pink Floyd’s future co-manager Peter Jenner sees the band perform for the first time at The Marquee Club in London.The band goes on to sign a contract with Jenner and Andrew King on October ...

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April 24 in Music History: Lennon & McCartney hang for the last time, Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever

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April 24 in Music History: Lennon & McCartney hang for the last time, Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever

1961 – Bob Dylan is paid $50 for his first recording when he plays harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte’s “The Midnight Special.”

1968 – The Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records passes on signing the relatively unknown David Bowie.

1976 – Paul and Linda McCartney spend the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watch Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels makes an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney think about taking a cab to the studio, but decide they ...

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Brilliant Bassist Bridget Kearney Releases a Catchy, Purist Keyboard-Driven Debut Album

Source: New York Music Daily

Bridget Kearney is the rare bass player you want to hear more of. From day one, she’s been the groove on the low strings and the source of innumerable, tersely tasty solos as the bassist in popular blue-eyed soul group Lake Street Dive. But she’s also a solo artist, and a multi-instrumentalist. On her new album Won’t Let You Down – streaming at Bandcamp – she plays guitars and keys as well. It first took shape as a studio side project, and it’s been several years in the making. Taking a momentary detour from the never-ending Lake Street Dive ...

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East Village icon David Peel in critical condition after heart attack

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Signed to Apple Records by John Lennon, more recently David Peel, whose band David Peel & the Lower East Side still play around, became known for being active with the Occupy movement.

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Jan 26 in Music History: John Lennon writes & records “Instant Karma,” Simon and Garfunkel release Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Jan 26 in Music History: John Lennon writes & records “Instant Karma,” Simon and Garfunkel release Bridge Over Troubled Water
1934 – Formerly home to burlesque shows, The Apollo Theater in Harlem becomes a music venue.

1956 – At Decca Records’ Nashville studios, Buddy Holly makes his first official recording at Decca Records’ Nashville studios. He lays down his debut single, “Blue Days, Black Nights.”
1966 – When Paul Jones of Manfred Mann falls ill, The Animals’ Eric Burdon covers vocal duties at this evening’s concert at the Marquee in London.
1968 – Pink Floyd play their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They are supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, later to be renamed T Rex.
1970 – John ...

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Francis Lung (ex-WU LYF) making NYC debut (stream his EPs and some covers)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Former WU LYF member Francis Lung (aka Tom McClung) has dropped a couple EPs of shiny pop over the years (and some cool covers like Bowie, John Lennon and Judee Sill), and now he’s set to play his first NYC show.

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This Day in Music History: The Band holds The Last Waltz, Band Aid records “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

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This Day in Music History: The Band holds The Last Waltz, Band Aid records “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

1961 – The Everly Brothers report for duty as artillerymen at Camp Pendleton in southern California after joining the Marine Corps Reserves. By enlisting together, the brothers ensured that they would not be drafted – or separated.

1969 – As a protest against Britain’s military involvement in foreign conflicts, John Lennon returns his Member of the British Empire medal, with an attached letter that reads: “Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon ...

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This Day in Music History: Led Zeppelin records “All My Love,” John Lennon released Double Fantasy

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This Day in Music History: Led Zeppelin records “All My Love,” John Lennon released Double Fantasy
1970 – Elton John plays live in a recording studio, accompanied by just two musicians: Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums. The performance, which is broadcast on New York City’s WABC radio, is the first live FM broadcast from a music studio. The recording is later be released as 17-11-70, Elton’s first live album.

 1971 – The Faces release A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse.
1974 – ABBA play their first gig outside Sweden, opening at the Kalkonerteater in Copenhagen on their first European tour.
1978 – Led ...

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This Day in Music History: Dylan is released, John Lennon performs with Elton John

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This Day in Music History: Dylan is released, John Lennon performs with Elton John

1960 – Patsy Cline records “I Fall To Pieces.”

1964 – The Animals record “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

1973Dylan is released. Compiled and issued by the label with no input from Bob Dylan himself, the album contains no new songs. The material consists of covers, two outtakes from Self Portrait, and another seven from New Morning. It follows his departure from Columbia for Asylum Records.

1973 – David Bowie is the host of a special edition of Midnight Special. He performs a duet of “I Got You Babe” with Marianne Faithfull, who wears a nun’s habit with an open ...

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Sam Kogon Releases One of the Year’s Catchiest Purist Psychedelic Pop Records

Source: New York Music Daily

Over the past couple of years, Sam Kogon has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most consistently interesting, original psychedelic pop tunesmiths in New York. After a well-received debut full-length, he’s finally released his second album, Psychic Tears, streaming at Bandcamp. He’s playing the album release show tonight at Baby’s All Right at 10 PM; cover is $10.

Most of these tracks are very short, less than three minutes. The hooks flash by so fast that you barely have time to savor one before Kogon throws another at you: his songs are that catchy. Stylistically, he draws ...

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This Day in Music History: Pink Floyd scores their first #1 album, John Fogerty’s trial against himself begins

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Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother

1962 – James Brown plays a concert that is recorded and released the following year as the album Live at the Apollo.

1963 – Bob Dylan records “The Times They Are A Changin’” and “One Too Many Mornings.”

1963 – On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spend the day in Stockholm, Sweden. They record a performance for a radio program called “The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm” (translation: The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). Enthused by the chance to play before an audience that isn’t screaming, the band performs seven songs: ...

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This Day in Music History: U2 releases Boy, Amy Winehouse releases Frank

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This Day in Music History: U2 releases Boy, Amy Winehouse releases Frank

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their Wedding Album LP with a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate included.

1973 – The Steve Miller Band releases The Joker.

1976 – Led Zeppelin attends the New York City premiere of their film The Song Remains The Same. The night raises $25,000 for the Save the Children Fund.

1977 – Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines die along with their manager Dean Kilpatrick and Ronnie’s sister Cassie when their rented plane runs out of fuel and crashes in ...

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This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys release Little Deuce Coupe, the first Joy Division single is released

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This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys release Little Deuce Coupe, the first Joy Division single is released

1952 – The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.

1959 – Singer/actor Mario Lanza dies at a weight loss clinic in Rome, possibly from a pulmonary embolism or a massive heart attack (no autopsy was performed). He was 38.

1963 – The Rolling Stones record the Lennon/McCartney song “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which the duo had written in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.

1963 – The Beach Boys release Little Deuce Coupe.

1968 – Long ...

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This Day in Music History: Keith Richards releases his first solo album, Sinead O’Connor pulls her infamous SNL stunt

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Keith Richards Talk is Cheap

1901 – The first record company, The Victor Talking Machine Company, is incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.

1945 – A 10-year-old Elvis Presley makes his first public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing “Old Shep.” He comes in second.

1961 – Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams become the first artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1968 – The Beatles record the new George Harrison song “Savoy Truffle” at Trident Studios in London. George, Paul, and Ringo record just one take ...

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This Day in Music History: Steely Dan releases Aja, Bob Marley plays his final show

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Steely Dan Aja

 

1952 – Hank Williams has his last recording session.

1956 – Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees begins his television career as a child actor on the premiere of NBC’s Circus Boy.

1968 – The Beatles begin work a new John Lennon song, then called “Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand.” Jim Morrison comes to visit the band in the studio and watches them recording.

1969The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University runs a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a ...

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This Day in Music History: The Band release their self-titled album, the first Farm Aid is held

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This Day in Music History: The Band release their self-titled album, the first Farm Aid is held

1965 – The Supremes record “I Hear A Symphony.”

1969 – The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included Rag Mama Rag, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’

1979 – Joe Walsh announces his bid for the US presidency (he obviously doesn’t win).

1980 – Geffen Records was formed.

1980 – John Lennon signed with Geffen Records.

1983...

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Sept 13 in Music History: John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band, Yes releases Close to the Edge

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Sept 13 in Music History: John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band, Yes releases Close to the Edge

1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.

1960 – As the result of a scandal involving Dick Clark and Alan Freed (among others), the FCC bans payola, the practice of artists/labels paying DJs to play their songs on the radio.

1969 – John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock and Roll Revival Show. The supergroup members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from ...

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This Day in Music History: John Lennon releases Imagine in the US, Apple gives us U2’s Songs of Innocence

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This Day in Music History: John Lennon releases Imagine in the US, Apple gives us U2’s Songs of Innocence

1926 – The Radio Corporation of America, later known as RCA, launches its new radio network, the National Broadcasting Company, later known as NBC.

1954 – Rising young star Elvis Presley performs at the opening of Memphis’ Lamar-Airways shopping mall, and meets audience member Johnny Cash for the first time afterward.

1968 – The Beatles record “Helter Skelter.” Roadie Mal Evans plays trumpet, John Lennon plays bass and saxophone, Paul McCartney records his lead vocal, and George Harrison reportedly runs around the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head.

1971 – John Lennon releases Imagine in the US.

1973 ...

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Today in Music History: Lou Reed plays his last show with The Velvet Underground, John Lennon sees a UFO

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Today in Music History: Lou Reed plays his last show with The Velvet Underground, John Lennon sees a UFO

 

1962 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Registrar office in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man. His wedding night is spent playing a gig with The Beatles at the nearby Riverpark Ballroom.

1970 – Lou Reed plays his last gig with The Velvet Underground at Max’s Kansas City in New York. His father brings him home to Long Island and puts him to work in his accounting firm, where he stays for two years before signing a solo deal.

1974 – The local papers report that John Lennon, while staying in mistress’ May Pang’s New York ...

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Revolver: The Beatles’ Classic LP 50 Years Later

Source: Rock On Philly

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Article written by Dan Cousart

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 ...

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This Day in Music History: Run DMC score the first platinum rap album, Columbia drops Johnny Cash

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This Day in Music History: Run DMC score the first platinum rap album, Columbia drops Johnny Cash

1952 – Eight-year-old prodigy Gladys Knight appears on the TV show Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, which was a precursor to shows like Star Search and American Idol. She wins the top prize of $2,000 for her performance of Nat King Cole’s “Too Young.”

1956 – The Teenagers are at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” At 13, Frankie Lymon was the youngest performer to top the charts.

1958 – John Lennon’s mother Julia is killed when she’s hit by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague, ...

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This Day in Music History: Run DMC score the first platinum rap album, Columbia drops Johnny Cash

Source: The Key (WXPN)

This Day in Music History: Run DMC score the first platinum rap album, Columbia drops Johnny Cash

1952 – Eight-year-old prodigy Gladys Knight appears on the TV show Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, which was a precursor to shows like Star Search and American Idol. She wins the top prize of $2,000 for her performance of Nat King Cole’s “Too Young.”

1956 – The Teenagers are at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” At 13, Frankie Lymon was the youngest performer to top the charts.

1958 – John Lennon’s mother Julia is killed when she’s hit by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague, ...

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