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.
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...
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 ...
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band will be touring this summer, but the former Beatle has canceled the North Carolina date on the tour (June 18 at Koka Booth Ampitheatre) in protest of the state’s anti-LGBT law HB 2.
With so much divisiveness in the world, this restored video of The Beatles performing “Hey Jude” live in 1968 on the David Frost Show reminds us what “togetherness” feels like. Watch.
The “Hey Jude” video is part of a special promotion of the re-release of The Beatles’ 1 album, called: “1+”. The Beatles have also put out a fully restored video for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ending track, “A Day in the Life.” The deluxe edition contains 2 Blu-Rays and 1 CD of the restored 1 compilation,and 23 previously unseen promotional films which George Harrison, ...
On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the world of music said goodbye to a legendary songwriter, instrumental musician and producer in New Orleans icon and Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Allen Toussaint. Following a tour stop in Spain at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, Toussaint suffered a heart attack at his hotel from which he was resuscitated yet while being transported to the hospital he would succumb to another attack. One of the most influential musicians in history, Toussaint was born in New Orleans in 1938 and had already begun ...
It’s Halloweekend, so that means spooks, ghouls, and shows galore! What better than to celebrate the end of October and the best holiday ever than going to live shows? Check out our awesome Halloween playlist as you scope out your weekend plan down below!
Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a Halloween-themed Art After 5 on Friday, free with museum admission. Get classy, spooky cocktails and enjoy the beautiful collection of art and fashion on Mischief Night!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted eight legendary bands and musicians last week! To honor those new and old to the Hall of Fame, we have compiled a playlist of some of their best songs. Whether they were pioneers of the music industry or perfected the art, these legends have influenced countless others and why not celebrate with a huge playlist of their best work? Take a look, and listen, to the newest inductees below!
First off, Ringo Starr awarded for “Musical Excellence”
The “5” Royales for “Early Influence” which you can hear in this audio only video,
On April 4th, fifty-one years ago, The Beatles occupied the whole of the top five of Billboard’s Hot 100. In honor of this unprecedented occurrence, we have created a quiz featuring these songs! Do you know which one you are? Find out!
The Rolling Stones have put out a previously unheard & unreleased acoustic version of “Wild Horses.” “Wild Horses” originally appeared on the Stone’s 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” which featured Andy Warhol’s iconic zipper cover, (seen above.) The acoustic version of … Continued
Who’s the best songwriter in Tom Petty’s band? Hint: it’s not the singer. Turns out that it’s keyboardist Benmont Tench, who’s been the Heartbreakers’ secret weapon for decades. Surprisingly, Tench’s new album You Should Be So Lucky takes a turn away from the driving, simple, spot-on piano and lush river of organ that characterizes his work in Petty’s band, substituting a wealth of eclectic styles from low-key, smoldering, Springsteen-ish anthems, to snarling garage rock, rockabilly and western swing along with tinges of ragtime and jazz. Tench’s tunesmithing is also a lot more diverse than Petty’s, and his lyrics can ...
At about the same time that Chicago and Ringo Starr were serving up nostalgia at the Grammy Awards, rising DJ RL Grime was dishing fresh cuts to kids at U Street Music Hall.
Sunday night, both crowds were served a course that they knew well — stale American pie for those watching on TV, meat and potatoes rave-trap for those in the club. The former may have limped along with tired legs, but the latter trampled about with frantic bursts of energy.
In 1994, The Beatles’ Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim – hitting number one in the U.K., number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. A new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, will be released Monday, November 11 in 2CD and 180-gram vinyl packages with a 48-page booklet. On Air’s 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles’ first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation ...