Thirty years ago U2 released The Joshua Tree, the America-inspired record that spawned fan favorites like “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” To mark the album’s latest milestone Bono & co will be hitting the stadium circuit this summer to play the record in full, stopping at Lincoln Financial Field on June 18th for their first Philly show since 2011’s 360 Tour.
1957 – Jackie Wilson makes his US chart debut with “Reet Petite.”
1894 – Billboard Advertising begins publication. Within a few years, it starts focusing on billboards for entertainment shows and drops “Advertising” from its name, and by the 1930s, it is covering radio and sales of a new medium: jukebox records.
1960 – Ben E. King records “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me.”
1961 – Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their Wedding Album LP with a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate included.
1902 – The Gibson Mandolin guitar company is formed. The first successfully commercial electric guitar, the ES-150, is produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduces the P-90 single coil pickup, which is eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
A live music treat for your Sunday morning: it was 29 years ago today that U2’s heralded Joshua Tree tour made its way to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, and the show concluded with an incredible cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” featuring the one and only Bruce Springsteen.
As we can see in the video below, Bono slyly asks the crowd “Anybody else want to play my guitar? Would Bruce Springsteen like to play my guitar?” The crowd goes wild as The Boss struts to the stage, and Bono cracks “I guess you guys know him. Is he a local boy or something?” Continue reading →