Daily Dose of Music History – June 17, 2015

Daily Dose of Music History (June 17, 2015): On this day in 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo’s vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.

Happy Birthday:  Barry Manilow, Glenn Buxton, and Greg Rolie.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 16, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 16, 2015): On this day in 1967, The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free. The ‘Summer of Love’ was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas wrote, ‘San Francisco, (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.

Happy Birthday: Gerry Roberts (guitar – The Boomtown Rats); Tupac Shakur; Patrick Waite (Musical Youth); James Smith (vocals, The Stylistics); and Edward Levert (The O’Jays).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 15, 2015

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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 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

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.