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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
2017 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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.”
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...