If It’s Too Loud Then You Really Are Too Old! – November 20, 2015

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IF IT’S TOO LOUD THEN YOU REALLY ARE TOO OLD! On this day (November 20th) in 1998, a study comparing noise levels of rock music found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.

Happy Birthday: Duane Allman, Joe Walsh, Mike Diamond, and Jim Brown.

Led Zeppelin III Reaches #1 in 1970 – November 18, 2015

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LED ZEPPELIN III REACHES #1 in 1970: On this day (November 18th) in 1970, Led Zeppelin III was at No.1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
 
Happy Birthday: Rudy Sarzo, Kirk Hammett, Kim Wilde, and John Parr.

The Beatles Are Now On ITunes in 2010 – November 16, 2015

The Beatles, whose enduring appeal was confirmed Saturday October 15, 2005, when they were named the most important entertainers of the past 100 years. John, Paul, George and Ringo beat the challenge of stars ranging from Elvis to Lassie to be crowned Icons of the Century by entertainment bible Variety. Library filer dated 01/06/1963 See PA Story SHOWBIZ Icons. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA

BEATLES NOW ON ITUNES IN 2010: On this day in music history in 2010, the Beatles back catalog was finally made available on iTunes after years of negotiations. For the first time consumers would now be able to purchase some of the Fab Four’s most popular songs via the store. Apple and record label EMI had been in talks for years about getting the catalog online. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had “been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes.”

Happy Birthday: David Kushner and Bryan Abrams.

Elvis Presley’s First #1 Pop Record in 1955 – November 10, 2015

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On this day (November 10th) in 1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel, Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’. Presley released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor. The song gave him his his first No.1 pop record.

Happy Birthday: Miranda Lambert, Eve, and Warren G.

Rolling Stone Magazine Makes Debut in 1967 – November 9, 2015

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ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE DEBUT: On this day (November 9th) in 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, “How I Won the War.” The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song; the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan; and The Rolling Stones.

Happy Birthday: Tom Fogerty, Alan Gratzer, and Dennis Stratton.

Aerosmith’s First Gig in 1970 – November 6, 2015

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AEROSMITH’S FIRST GIG In 1970: On this day (November 6th) in 1970, Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Often referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.

Happy Birthday: Glenn Frey, Craig Goldy, and Paul Gilbert.

Remembering Jack Bruce – November 5, 2015

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REMEMBERING JACK BRUCE: On this day (November 5th) in 2014, the funeral for Jack Bruce (singer and bassist of Cream) was held in London, attended by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing “Morning Has Broken”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Theme for an Imaginary Western”. The Scottish-born bass player and singer had passed away the previous month.

Happy Birthday: Bryan Adams, Art Garfunkel, and Ike Turner.

Highest Paid Dead Celebrities – October 30, 2015

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HIGHEST PAID DEAD CELEBRITIES: On this day (October 30th) in 2007, Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49m during the past year. John Lennon ranked second with $44m, while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list. Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain topped the list in 2006.

Happy Birthday: Grace Slick, Otis Williams, Timothy B Schmit, Chris Slade, and Joey Belladonna.

Remembering Duane Allman – October 29, 2015

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REMEMBERING DUANE ALLMAN:  On this day (October 29th) in 1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer.  He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.  Duane Allman’s funeral service was held Monday, November 1, 1971 at Snow’s Memorial Chapel. In the chapel packed with family and friends, many of the musicians who had been part of Duane’s life were in attendance to mourn his death. Record producer Jerry Wexler gave the eulogy for Duane. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Allman at #2 in their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix.

Happy Birthday:  Denny Laine, Peter Green, and Kevin DuBrow.

Sonny and Cher Tie The Knot in 1964 – October 27, 2015

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SONNY AND CHER TIE THE KNOT IN 1964: On this day in music (October 27th) in 1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

Happy Birthday: Floyd Cramer, K.K. Downing, Simon Le Bon, Scott Weiland, and Kelly Osbourne.