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This Day in Music History: Little Richard records “Tutti Frutti,” Genesis make their live debut

Little Richard

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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This Day in Music History: Rod Stewart signs with Mercury, The Who’s Tommy wins 5 Tonys

The Who Tommy

1962 : The Beatles record at Abbey Road for the first time, demoing three songs they wrote themselves: “Love Me Do,” “Ask Me Why,” and “P.S. I Love You.” The four musicians receive payments of $12.07 each for the session. This day in 1966, they record “Eleanor Rigby,” and they lay down “Don’t Pass My By” today in 1968.

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This Day in Music History: Albums outsell singles for the first time in the UK, Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” hits #1 in the US

Bowie Let's Dance

1964 – Bob Dylan makes his first major concert UK appearance when he plays a Sunday afternoon show at the Royal Festival Hall in London listed as a “Folksong Concert.” Dylan’s 18-song set includes the live debut of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” In the interval, Dylan receives a telegram from John Lennon seeking a meeting which never materializes.

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