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June 26 in Music History: Bob Dylan & the Band release The Basement Tapes, Elvis makes his final appearance

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June 26 in Music History: Bob Dylan & the Band release The Basement Tapes, Elvis makes his final appearance

1964 – The Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US.

1972 – During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie records “John, I’m Only Dancing” with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track, which is released and becomes a hit single in the UK in September of this year, is not released in America after being judged too risqué by RCA Records.

1974 – The supergroup Bad Company, comprised of Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke (of Free), Mick Ralphs (of Mott The Hoople), and Boz Burrell (of King Crimson), release ...

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Monterey Pop screenings, photo exhibit & more Summer of Love stuff

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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.

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1967’s best rock bands still touring (The Who, Dead, Beatles, Clapton, Floyd, more)

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A companion guide to our list of the 50 Best Psychedelic Rock Albums of the Summer of Love. Catch one of the many great artists still playing clubs and stadiums in 2017….

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The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love

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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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Listen to our 1967 #TBTXPN Spotify playlist and World Cafe Sgt. Pepper’s special

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Listen to our 1967 #TBTXPN Spotify playlist and World Cafe Sgt. Pepper’s special

For the first #TBTXPN Throwback Thursday on June 1st, WXPN celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the golden year of music that was 1967. Listen to our Spotify playlist of 171 songs – 10 hours of music – curated by the hosts of WXPN – Kristen Kurtis, Dan Reed, Helen Leicht, Mike Vasilikos and World Cafe host Talia Schlanger.

In addition to the Spotify playlist, you can listen to the two hour World Cafe special here.

During the show, you’ll hear clips of David Dye’s interview with ...

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Revisiting the Summer of Love: Upcoming Concerts That Celebrate the Spirit of 1967

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It’s been 50 years since 1967 and the “Summer of Love” – a moment in history where peace, love, and freedom inspired positive grassroots change. You could even argue that one could split the 20th century into two eras: before 1967 and after 1967, the latter indicating the beginning of the sexual revolution, women’s rights movement, and aftermath of the civil rights movement. The 60’s didn’t really become the 60’s until 1967.

Experimental music flourished during this period, with “flower power” psychedelia in full swing. Iconic albums like The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts ...

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Paul McCartney tickets on sale; Beatles getting 24/7 Sirius XM channel

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Tickets for Paul McCartney’s US tour (MSG, Barclays Center, and more included) go on sale today.

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listen to a new Perfume Genius song, “Go Ahead”

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Perfume Genius revealed the song in the midst of a Twitter AMA, where he also took questions about Diet Coke, Buffy, malls, Beatles vs Stones, Michael Jackson vs Prince, Kendrick vs Drake, Iggy Azalea vs Nicki Minaj, female artists that influenced him the most, and more.

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Is this Jared Kushner’s last.fm profile?

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He likes Twenty One Pilots a lot.

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Gear up for a massive 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles’ masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

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Gear up for a massive 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles’ masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this little record called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by most as one of The Beatles’ most ground-breaking albums — not to mention one of the best records of all time. To celebrate half a century of Lucy, Rita, and Mr. Kite, Apple Corps and Capital are reissuing a stereo mix of the record with unreleased studio takes of each and every song, 15 more in all.

In addition, the reissue comes with a 144-page book covering the history/process of the record — with introductions by Sir Paul McCartney and producer Giles ...

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Record Store Day announces list of 2017 exclusive titles

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The 2017 list includes releases from The War on Drugs, Pink Floyd, Andre 3000, Animal Collective, Big Star, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Creation, The Cure, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, Julian Cope, Robert Johnson, and more.

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Feb 21 in Music History: Pink Floyd and the Beatles record side by side

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Pink Floyd A Piper at the Gates of Dawn

 

1958 – The first Gibson Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, MI.

 

1964 – New York band The Echoes recruits a new, young, then-unknown piano player named Billy Joel.

 

1967 – Pink Floyd start the first sessions on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at the EMI Studios in St. John’s Wood, London. While working on the song “Matilda Mother” with former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, The Beatles themselves are working in the studio next door, recording “Fixing A Hole” for their Sgt. Pepper album. Micky Dolenz from The ...

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Finn from Stranger Things makes awesome Spotify playlists (with Modern Baseball, Jeff Rosenstock, Mac DeMarco & more)

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It’s no secret that Finn Wolfhard, the 14 year-old actor who plays Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things, is into cool modern punk and indie rock.

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Grammys 2017 winners & highlights: Beyonce, David Bowie, Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper, Megadeth & more

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Winners include Beyonce, Adele, David Bowie, Sturgill Simpson, Solange, Drake, Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Megadeth, and more.

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Feb 8 in Music History: Blind Faith forms, Television releases their debut album Marquee Moon

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Feb 8 in Music History: Blind Faith forms, Television releases their debut album Marquee Moon
1956 – Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the “e” from his last name. He drops the letter from his stage name as well.

1964 – On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who has a sore throat) go for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girls follow the band and extra police are called in to control them. Later in the day, The Ronettes interview The Beatles for radio.
1965 – The Dave Clark Five begin filming their movie Catch Us if You Can.

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Feb 7 in Music History: The Beatles arrive in America, Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl is released

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Feb 7 in Music History: The Beatles arrive in America, Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl is released
1959 – Buddy Holly is buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads “Holley,” the correct spelling of his given surname, and includes pictures of a guitar.

 

1964 – Thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles when their plane lands in New York at 1:20 pm on their first trip to the US.

 

1966 – The first magazine dedicated specifically to rock and roll music, Crawdaddy!, is published by Paul Williams in New York City.

 

1969 – The Who record “Pinball Wizard” at Morgan Studio’s in London, England.

 

1970 – Led Zeppelin score their first #1 ...

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Feb 1 in Music History: The Beatles record “Sgt Pepper’s,” The Cars disband

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Feb 1 in Music History: The Beatles record “Sgt Pepper’s,” The Cars disband
1949 – RCA introduces the 45 RPM record. It’s 7″ wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional 33-1/3, providing better sound quality. The invention of these “singles” makes jukeboxes possible.

1964 – Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie,” calling it “pornographic.” Eventually, the FBI investigates and finds the lyrics “unintelligible at any speed.”
1965 – James Brown records “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” at the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1967 – The Beatles start work on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” It isn’t until after they record ...

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Jan 31 in Music History: Neil Young makes his stage debut, Tori Amos releases Under The Pink

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Jan 31 in Music History: Neil Young makes his stage debut, Tori Amos releases Under The Pink

 

1956 – Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.

1959 – A 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. Three days later, Holly dies in a plane crash.

 

1963 – A seventeen-year-old Neil Young makes his stage debut at a country club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

1963 – The Beach Boys record “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Shutdown”

 

1967 – The Beatles spend a second day at Knole Park in Kent, England to complete filming for the ...

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Jan 30 in Music History: The Beatles perform their rooftop concert, The Velvet Underground release White Light/White Heat

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Jan 30 in Music History: The Beatles perform their rooftop concert, The Velvet Underground release White Light/White Heat

 

1961 – The Shirelles become the first girl group to top the US charts when “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” reaches #1.

1968 – The Velvet Underground release White Light/White Heat.

 

1969 – The Beatles stage their famous lunchtime rooftop concert at Apple Records in London. It is their last public performance. They play “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “The One After 909,” and “Dig A Pony.” John Lennon ends the performance by saying, “Thank you, on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”

 

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Jan 20 in Music History: The Beatles release their first album in the US, Ben & Jerry’s introduces Phish Food

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Jan 20 in Music History: The Beatles release their first album in the US, Ben & Jerry’s introduces Phish Food
1958 – Elvis Presley gets his orders to report to duty from the US Army. He is allowed a 60-day deferment so he could finish the film King Creole.

1964 – The Beatles’ first American album is released: Meet the Beatles!

 

1982 – During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, someone in the audience throws a live bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer picks it up and attempts to bite off its head as part of his regular act. After the ...

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XPN MusicNotes: George Harrison’s entire studio catalog to get vinyl reissue

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XPN MusicNotes:  George Harrison’s entire studio catalog to get vinyl reissue

George Harrison | via Billboard

This coming February 25th would have marked George Harrison‘s 74th birthday, and coinciding with that date, Harrison’s entire solo studio catalog will be reissued on vinyl.

George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection features 13 albums, including all 12 of his solo studio LPs.

According to Rolling Stone:

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 ...

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Jan 18 in Music History: The Beatles make their US chart debut, Pink Floyd begins recording Dark Side Of The Moon

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Jan 18 in Music History: The Beatles make their US chart debut, Pink Floyd begins recording Dark Side Of The Moon
1939 – Louis Armstrong records “Jeepers Creepers.”

1964 – The Beatles make their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” enters the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It goes on to spend seven weeks at the top of the chart.
1965 – Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1969 – Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former bandmates. He sued them over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that ...

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Jan 17 in Music History: Dave Mason records the trumpet on “Penny Lane,” David Bowie gets his first #1 album in the US

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Jan 17 in Music History: Dave Mason records the trumpet on “Penny Lane,” David Bowie gets his first #1 album in the US
1965 – The Rolling Stones record “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire.”

1967 – London’s Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in “A Day In The Life.” That same day, a 40-year-old David Mason records the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27 ($42) for his performance.

1969 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes his book, Ode to a High Flying Bird. The book is a tribute to Charlie Parker.

1979 – Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou ...

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Jan 9 in Music History: Sam Cooke releases “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones

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Jan 9 in Music History: Sam Cooke releases “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones
1960 – Patsy Cline becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

1962 – Sam Cooke releases “Twistin’ the Night Away.”
1963 – Drummer Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job as a graphic designer.
1965 – The Beatles’ Beatles 65 jumps from #98 to #1 on the Billboard album chart in one week’s time.
1970 – Led Zeppelin appear at The Royal Albert Hall in London on the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. John Lennon, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck are all in the audience. The two and a quarter hour set ...

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Jan 5 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, Prince makes his live debut

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Jan 5 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, Prince makes his live debut
1940 – The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.

1961 – The Beatles play at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool. Two members Rory Storm & the Hurricanes are in the audience: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr.

1963 – Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess records, tells Billboard magazine: “As it stands today, there’s virtually no difference between rock and roll, pop and rhythm and blues. The music has completely overlapped.”

1965 – The Supremes record “Stop! In The Name Of Love.”

1973 – Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Recorded in a single week, ...

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