1965 – Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited.
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.
1956 – Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, is dedicated. Resembling a stack of records, it is the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter, housing three new recording studios where Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Linda Ronstadt, and many other stars will lay down tracks. The building becomes an LA landmark, with the red light at the top flashing “HOLLYWOOD” in Morse Code.
Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his aptly named backing All-Star Band recently announced his plans for a 13-date US tour to take place this summer with Bonnie Raitt coming along to support. The mostly-east coast dwelling tour kicks off in Jersey on July 6th, only to bless the Wells Fargo Center on July 9th. Releasing his latest album Before This World in 2015, Taylor’s massive hits “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire & Rain” keep his die-hards coming back for more, and this tour should be jammed-packed with them.
1965 – The Beatles record “Michelle.”
1955 – George Martin becomes the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label.
1955 – Little Richard sends his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
1960 – The Everly Brothers sign a 10 year contract with Warner Brothers worth $1 million.
1966 – Brian Wilson begins recording the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Continue reading →
Just your average night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: “Two James Taylors on a Seesaw.” A must see. Continue reading →
Legendary singer / songwriter James Taylor just announced a tour that brings him to the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 22nd. Now in the fourth decade of his career, the five-time Grammy Award winner most recently released a live album with Carole King called Live at The Troubadour, recorded in celebration of the Los Angeles venue’s 50th Anniversary and also in tribute to the pair’s first show together in 1970. Taylor counts singles “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire and Rain” among his many hits and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ticket sales beginning February 10th, more information will be available here.