1923 – A fourteen-year-old clarinet player named Benny Goodman lands his first professional gig, playing for a cruise ship operating on Lake Michigan near Chicago.
“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono
U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto. Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →
Musical tributes continue for Chris Cornell, who passed away last week. Both Ryan Adams and U2 remembered the late singer at their respective shows over the weekend with special song dedications.
“I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show. So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing.” – Bono
Music history was made Sunday night in Vancouver, Canada when U2 opened their tour celebrating The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. The band performed their classic tune “Red Hill Mining Town” live in concert for the first time ever, and you can watch video below. Continue reading →
1967 – The Beatles finish recording “Good Morning Good Morning” and start work on “With a Little Help From My Friends” (originally titled “Bad Finger Boogie”). They record 10 takes of the rhythm track and Ringo overdubs a double-tracked lead vocal.
1958 – Stereo albums are introduced.
1956 – Elvis Presley releases his self-titled, debut album.
1957 – Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land is expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the King moves in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been used as a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.
1961 – The Supremes release their first single, “I Want A Guy.”