Daily Dose of Music History – June 10, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 10, 2015). On this day in 2004: US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died at age 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. He scored the 1962 UK and US No.1 single ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ plus over 30 other US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album ‘Genius Loves Company.’ Charles appeared in the 1980 hit movie, The Blues Brothers, and was also the winner of 17 Grammy Awards.

Happy Birthday: Judy Garland; Chester Burnett (Blues singer, guitarist); Jimmy Chamberlin (drums, Smashing Pumpkins); Faith Evans

Happy 100th Birthday to Les Paul – June 9, 2015

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Happy 100th Birthday to Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009).  Les Paul was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),  delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day.   He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an “architect” and a “key inductee” along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed. Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 9, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 9, 2015). On this day in 1964: During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded Mr. Tambourine Man at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. This was the first session for the Another Side Of Bob Dylan, which saw Dylan recording fourteen original compositions that night. The Byrds later recorded a version of Mr. Tambourine Man that was released as their first single and reached No.1 on both the US & UK Chart. The Byrds’ recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk-rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single’s success.

Happy Birthday:  Cole Porter, Les Paul, Jackie Wilson, and Jon Lord.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 8, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 8, 2015). On this day in 2003: Led Zeppelin went to #1 on the US album chart with their triple live album “How The West Was Won.”  This was the band’s seventh US No.1 album. The performances were from the band’s 1972 tour of the United States recorded at the LA Forum on June, 25 1972 and Long Beach Arena on June, 27 1972.

Happy Birthday:  Nancy Sinatra; Chuck Negron (Vocals, Three Dog Night); Boz Scaggs; Bonnie Tyler; Nick Rhodes (keyboards, Duran Duran); and Mick Box (guitar, Uriah Heep).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 6, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 6, 2015): On this day in 1962: The first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’, the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.

Happy Birthday:   Steve Vai; Clarence White (guitar, The Byrds); Tom Araya; and James Shaffer.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 5, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 5, 2015): On this day in 1993: Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘It’s Only Make Believe’. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 No.1’s. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

Happy Birthday:  Freddie Stone (guitar, Sly and The Family Stone); Nicko McBrain (drums, Iron Maiden); Brian McKnight; Mark Wahlberg; and Pete Wentz.