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This Day 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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This Day in Music History: Christine McVie makes her debut with Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin buys Bessie Smith’s gravestone

The Beatles Abbey Road

1969 – The photo session for the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album takes place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan balances on a stepladder in the middle of the road and takes six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George crossing the road while a policeman held up traffic. Afterward, the band returns to the studio and records overdubs on “The End,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and “Oh! Darling.”

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