This Day in Music History: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is released, Red Hot Chili Peppers get their first #1 album 22 years into their career

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.

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#XPNDylanDay: Listen to Levee Drivers, Andrew Lipke, Nicole Reynolds and more pay tribute to Dylan

Levee Drivers
Levee Drivers | photo by Matthew Shaver |

All day long on WXPN, we’re celebrating the 75th birthday of a songwriting legend: the one and only Bob Dylan. But five years ago, a group of locals were a bit ahead of the curve, putting together a tribute to the man for his 70th birthday.

Highlights include Levee Drivers “Tell Me Momma,” The Bailey Hounds’ take on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Allright,” a soaring “Just Like A Woman” from Andrew Lipke and a haunting “North Country Girl” from Nicole Reynolds. Continue reading →