55 years since the release of The Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do” (which Paul played last night), Paul remains one of the most fantastic rock performers in the world. His setlist was similar to most of his recent tours, with tons of Beatles, Wings, and solo classics…
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 ...
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.”
Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
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.
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 ...
1960 – Eddie Cochran is killed when the taxi he is traveling in crashes into a lamppost on Rowden Hill in Chippenham, England. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survive the crash. Cochran was 21.
1964 – Dusty Springfield releases her debut album, A Girl Called Dusty.
1964 – Them (with Van Morrison) make their live debut at Ireland’s Maritime Hotel in Belfast.
1969 – The Band play their first independent show in San Francisco, Calfornia.
1970 – Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, McCartney, in the UK. It is released three days later in the ...
1932 – Duke Ellington records “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing).”
1938 – Benny Goodman brings jazz to New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1973 – Bruce Springsteen appears at Villanova University to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by the school’s newspaper, The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
1975 – McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars...
Paul McCartney and The Killers on New Year’s Eve | via Yahoo News
Not all of the musical performances on New Year’s eve devolved into disaster; Sleater-Kinney paid tribute to David Bowie & George Michael at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, while Paul McCartney teamed up with The Killers in St. Barts for a rendition of “Helter Skelter.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s performance here, and check out McCartney and The Killers’ performances below.
‘Soundbreaking’ also features Rick Rubin, the late George Martin, Nigel Godrich, Don Was, Paul Epworth, Paul McCartney, Geoff Emerick, Peter Asher, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Bon Iver, St Vincent, and more.
1952 – When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year’s Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry.
1958 – The Flamingos record “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
1962 – For the first and only time, a spooky song is #1 in America on Halloween, as “Monster Mash” tops the chart.
1963 – The Beatles return to London from Sweden and are greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan, who is at Heathrow as The Beatles ...
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: ...