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Daily Dose of Music History (June 15, 2015). On this day in 1985: Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, “Brothers In Arms.” The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.
Happy Birthday: Waylon Jennings; Russell Hitchcock (vocals, Air Supply); Steve Walsh (Kansas); Ice Cube; and Billy Martin (guitarist, Good Charlotte).
Daily Dose of Music History (June 12, 2015). On this day in 1965: The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single (they were the first American group to accomplish this feat), when ‘Back In My Arms Again’, went to the top of the charts.
Happy Birthday: Chick Corea; Brad Delp (vocals, Boston); and Bun E Carlos (drums, Cheap Trick).
Check out our Spring Student Guitar Recital Preview from Friday, May 15, 2015 held at the Music Academy of WNC in Hendersonville.
LOTS of students have registered for our Third Annual, Beginning Orchestra Strings Summer Day Camp to be held on Monday, July 20th – 24th, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon daily. This is a GREAT opportunity for rising 4th through 8th graders to get a jump start on learning the violin, viola, or cello. Click HERE or more information and to register or give us a call at 828-693-3726.
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, 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). 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.