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Music critic Rob Sheffield will discuss why The Beatles are still a thing at Kelly Writers House this Thursday

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Music critic Rob Sheffield will discuss why The Beatles are still a thing at Kelly Writers House this Thursday

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Ah, The Beatles. When you have a mania named after you, it’s safe to say you’re kind of a big deal — and probably will be for a while. So it makes sense that these cheeky, brilliant Brits are still regarded with accolades and reverence. Right?

But then again, it has been fifty years since John, Paul, George and Ringo split, and yet Beatlemania still rocks and rolls on; albeit with a few modern updates. “Hey Jude” is still playing — just now it’s streaming on Spotify. Beatles’ merch is still selling like hot ...

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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles

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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles
1961 – Bob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting his idol while Woody Guthrie is on a weekend release from the NJ hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan plays “Song to Woody,” which appears on his first album the following year, and tells him, “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gives Dylan a card that says, “I ain’t dead yet.”

1962 – Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records.
1964 – The Beatles spend the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, their only studio recording session for EMI held outside the ...

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Jan 25 in Music History: The Beatles have their first #1, Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken

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Jan 25 in Music History: The Beatles have their first #1, Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken
1958 – Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” becomes the first single to ever enter the UK pop chart at #1.

1964 – The Beatles score their first best seller in the US when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reaches the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart.
1970 – Australia’s first rock festival begins. The Ourimbah Rock Festival ends the next day.
1973 – Little Feat releases Dixie Chicken.
1978 – After changing their name from Warsaw (inspired by the song “Warszawa” on David Bowie’s Low album), Joy Division make their live debut when they play at Pips ...

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Jan 24 in Music History: Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres, Motown releases Michael Jackson’s debut solo album

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Jan 24 in Music History: Ferry Cross the Mersey premieres, Motown releases Michael Jackson’s debut solo album

1961 – Bob Dylan arrives in New York to begin his music career after dropping out of the University of Minnesota.

1962 – The Beatles sign a management contract with Brian Epstein, who is to receive 25% of the band’s earnings. To prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.

1965 – Gerry and the Pacemakers’ first film, Ferry Cross The Mersey, premieres in the UK at the Liverpool Odeon Theater. It is the era’s only film document of the Merseybeat scene.

1969 – Jethro Tull play their first American show when they open ...

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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album

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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album
1934 – Laurens Hammond files for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent is granted on April 24.

 

1957 – Johnny Cash appears on national TV for the first time when he performs on The Jackie Gleason Show.
1967 – The Beatles began recording “A Day In The Life” at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 ...

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Jan 15 in Music History: The Who release their debut single, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat release their collaborative album

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Jan 15 in Music History: The Who release their debut single, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat release their collaborative album
1961 – The Supremes sign a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Along with Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, there is a fourth member, Barbara Martin, who leaves a year later. All except Martin are under 18 (Ross is 16) and need parental consent, which is granted after label boss Berry Gordy and his sister, Esther, win over their parents.

1965 – The Who release their first single “I Can’t Explain” with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals.
1967 – The Rolling Stones are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend ...

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Jan 2 in Music History: All Things Must Pass makes George Harrison the first Beatle with a solo US #1 album

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Jan 2 in Music History: All Things Must Pass makes George Harrison the first Beatle with a solo US #1 album
1941 – The Andrews Sisters record “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

 

1969 – The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album Two Virgins is seized by authorities in Newark, New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album is eventually released and wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969 – Filming begins at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the Let It Be album.
1971 – The George Harrison album All Things Must Pass starts a seven week run atop the US album chart, making ...

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Lee Ranaldo discusses his 13 favorite albums

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Lee’s favorite albums include Glenn Branca, Sibylle Baier, Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and more.

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DOC NYC film fest starts today: Bowie, Agnostic Front, The Beatles & lots more

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The annual DOC NYC festival runs today (11/9) through Thursday, November 16 at IFC Center, Cineopolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre, screening a wide array of documentaries. As always there a a bunch of music documentaries…

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Paul McCartney played 1st of 2 MSG shows, brought out Bruce Springsteen (setlist, video)

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Bruce and LIttle Steven joined Paul for Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There.” Paul plays MSG again on Sunday before heading to Barclays Center this week…

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

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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Aug 18 in Music History: The Fab 4 play live together for the first time, The Who release Who Are You

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The Who Who Are You

1937 – The first FM radio station in the US, Boston’s WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.

1962 – Ringo Starr plays his first gig with The Beatles at the Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead, England, with just two hours’ preparation. This is the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

1965 – Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone interviews Elvis Presley in Honolulu, where Elvis is filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

1977 – The Police make their live debut as a ...

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo.  That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by The Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you tomorrow while listening!

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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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Aug 11 in Music History: Go-Go’s release Vacation, Bruce jams with Ringo

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Aug 11 in Music History: Go-Go’s release Vacation, Bruce jams with Ringo

1964 – The Beatles start recording their fourth album (Beatles For Sale, not yet titled) at EMI studios in London.

1969 – The Beatles finish recording “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

1982 – Vanity 6 release their self-titled debut, and The Go-Go’s release their third album, Vacation.

1989 – Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in New Jersey. Together they perform “Get Back,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Photograph,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

2008 – Noah and the Whale’s debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is released on the ...

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Festival No. 6 takes place in Portmeirion (“The Village” in ‘The Prisoner’): lineup/tix

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Most people go to festivals because of the lineup, but here’s one where some might go just because of its location. Festival No. 6 happens September 7-10 in Portmeirion, the Welsh tourist village made famous at “The Village” in trippy’60s spy show The Prisoner. The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Kate Tempest, Jarvis Cocker and more…

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Festival No. 6 takes place in Portmeirion (“The Village” in ‘The Prisoner’): lineup/tix

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Most people go to festivals because of the lineup, but here’s one where some might go just because of its location. Festival No. 6 happens September 7-10 in Portmeirion, the Welsh tourist village made famous at “The Village” in trippy’60s spy show The Prisoner. The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Kate Tempest, Jarvis Cocker and more…

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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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