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Sept 14 in Music History: Genesis make their live debut, Counting Crows release August and Everything After

Counting Crows August and Everything After

1955 – Little Richard enters a New Orleans studio to begin two days of recording. The sessions don’t start well, but they end fantastically. During a break, he and his producer Bumps Blackwell go to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard starts wildly playing the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard records this version of the song with the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”

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Aug 28 in Music History: Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, and Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! are released

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

1964 – The Beatles are introduced to Bob Dylan, who immediately introduces them to marijuana when he joins the band after their concert at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. Dylan is surprised they haven’t tried it before, as he thought they sang “I get high” in their song “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” when it was really “I can’t hide.”

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo.  That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you while listening! Continue reading →

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Aug 15 in Music History: Woodstock begins, Led Zeppelin release In Through the Out Door

Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door

 

1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.

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Aug 14 in Music History: The Who release Who’s Next, Michael Jackson buys rights to Lennon/McCartney songs

The Who Who's Next

 

1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.

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