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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles

The Beatles in German
1961 – Bob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting his idol while Woody Guthrie is on a weekend release from the NJ hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan plays “Song to Woody,” which appears on his first album the following year, and tells him, “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gives Dylan a card that says, “I ain’t dead yet.”

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This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

Alice in Chains

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

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This Day in Music History: Ozzy urinates on the Alamo, Bon Iver releases For Emma, Forever Ago

1952 – Seventeen-year-old Vincent Eugene Craddock enters the Navy. He would later achieve fame as Gene Vincent.

1971 –  Paul McCartney files a lawsuit against his bandmates in The Beatles, seeking to remove Allen Klein as their financial manager.

1972 – Sammy Davis Jr. appears on CBS’ All in the Family and kisses Archie Bunker. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ash at Johnny Brenda’s, Smokey Robinson at the Strand Theater, Martha Wainwright at World Cafe Live, John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

Northern Irish rockers Ash will be performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The alt-rock/pop four-piece from Downpatrick has been performing since 1992 with some change in their lineup over the years (including English singer Charlotte Hatherley, Bloc Party‘s Russell Lissack, and LaFaro‘s Alan Lynn). In 2011 most of the band’s performances included “Best of” sets as well as most of 2001’s Free All Angels. Go here for details and tickets to this evening’s 21+ show; doors open at 8. Below, watch the video for “There’s A Star” from Free All Angels. 

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