At a New York press conference with Anderson Cooper this morning, the Sir Elton John announced his retirement from touring. But don’t worry, not just yet. You can still say your goodbyes to the music legend’s live show as he’s soon embarking on a whopping 300-show run, dubbed the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.
In a live-streamed video from the conference, John explains his reasoning to stop touring. He states, “My priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you’d have said I’m gonna stop touring, I’d have said, ‘No no, I’m a working musician. I always play.’ But we had children and that changed our lives.” Continue reading →
1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.
1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.
1959 – Goldband Records releases “Puppy Love,” the debut single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton (which had been recorded two years earlier when she was just 11). The song doesn’t chart, but later becomes a hit for Donny Osmond.
1960 – Eddie Cochran is killed when the taxi he is traveling in crashes into a lamppost on Rowden Hill in Chippenham, England. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survive the crash. Cochran was 21.
1956 – Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar, this time called the “Stratocaster.”
1941 – The world’s first commercial FM radio station, Nashville’s W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1965 – The Beach Boys record “Help Me Rhonda.”
1957 – Elvis Presley is served his draft notice for the US Army. He goes on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.