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.
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.
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 ...
1957 – Simon & Garfunkel make their first appearance on American Bandstand. As their earlier incarnation as Tom and Jerry, they play their minor hit “Hey Little Schoolgirl.”
1963 – The Beatles release With The Beatles.
1968 – The Beatles release The Beatles (The White Album).
1994 – Pearl Jam releases their third studio album, Vitalogy, on vinyl. It becomes the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart since the recent domination of the compact disc format. They follow the release in other formats two weeks later, when the album then becomes the second-fastest-selling CD ...
1926 – The first network radio broadcast airs on the new National Broadcasting Company, soon to be known as NBC. The show is four and a half hours of varied performances from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
1934 – Gene Autry appears in his first film, In Old Santa Fe, becoming the first “singing cowboy” on the silver screen.
1956 – Elvis Presley’s first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York City.
1966 – The Doors officially sign a 7-album deal with Elektra Records. The band also reluctantly agrees to release “Break On Through” as ...
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1961 – Patsy Cline is thrown through the windshield when she gets in a nasty car accident in Nashville. During her two-month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gives the singer her first Country #1 and becomes a huge country-pop crossover hit. She is also visited by the woman who will become her protégé: Loretta Lynn.
1963 – During a UK tour, Gerry and the Pacemakers support The Beatles when they play at New Brighton Tower in Wallasey. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance.
TV Times magazine is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new photo exhibition showcasing never-seen-before photographs of music stars and actors from the past. Check ‘em out. TV Times is a television listings magazine, published in the UK, known for … Continued
The Doors’ Robby Krieger and John Densmore are thinking about what kind of special things they might do to mark band’s 50th anniversary in 2017. In an interview with Billboard.com Robby Krieger said any Doors tribute would include an overdue … Continued
If our Founding Fathers had a band, it would be inspired by this rocking playlist! At the time of the American Revolution, our forefathers were intelligent, young, and rebellious… which only means one thing: punk rock! The perfect mix of angsty music for the anarchist within would be inspiring for some rebels while starting their own government, don’t you think?
Now, I know all of the U.K. bands may seem like a conflict of interest, but the English punk scene would have been right up our Founding Fathers’ ally…
XPN favorite Richard Thompson has a new album coming out. “Still” will be released June 23rd in the US & you can listen to the latest song. Richard Thompson teamed-up with Jeff Tweedy to record “Still” at the Wilco studios … Continued
The ladies of Little May hail from Australia and are stopping by Philadelphia on June 8th at Johnny Brenda’s. Little May is composed of Liz Drummond, Hannah Field, and Annie Hamilton. They make music that is intriguing while maintaining a casual vibe. We got a chance to put some questions to guitarist Liz Drummond about their music.
Rock on Philly: Hello, thanks for taking the time to do a little interview with Rock On Philly.
Liz Drummond: Thanks for having me!
ROP:First off, how did three talented ladies come together?
There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above. We all know covers can be a slippery slope. Saint Agnes, however, proves that they know how to do a mighty fine cover. Smoldering dual his + hers vocals and the right amount of canned sonic heat give their version of the Doors classic “Roadhouse Blues” all sorts of sex appeal, and the video (shot for the band’s live effort Live Under London...
Yusuf Islam, who attracted millions of fans when he was known as Cat Stevens is releasing a new album called “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” on October 27 and also doing his first tour in 25 years. Find out some of … Continued
A Psych Tribute to the Doors Various Artists
A Psych Tribute to the Doors is a tribute album dedicated to the band The Doors.
It opens with a psychedelic, sitar-infused cover of “L.A. Woman” by Elephant Stone. The best part of this song is the unique build-up when they croon the phrase “Mr. Mojo Risin’.” “Love Me Two Times” by Psychic Ills stays true to the original song for the most part, with the exception of the vocals being more breezy and laid-back than Jim Morrison’s.
Dark Horses covers “Hello, I Love You,” a definite departure from the ...