BRANDON FLOWERS of The Killers
LANA DEL REY
NILS LOFGREN of The E Street Band/Grin/Crazy Horse
RAY DAVIES of The Kinks
In 1966, Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at The Marquee Club in London.
In 1966, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song, “She Said She Said,” at Abbey Road Studios in London. “She Said She Said” was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
BRIAN WILSON of The Beach Boys
JOHN TAYLOR of Duran Duran
In 1966, Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album came out. It peaked at #9 in the US, but with songs like “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “I Want You,” and “Just Like a Woman,” it also ranked #9 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 1969, Approximately 150,000 rock fans showed up in Northridge, California, not far from the CSUN campus, to witness the Newport 69 Festival featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf, and numerous others. Hendrix’s fee was reportedly $125,000, at that time a record-breaking amount for a single appearance by a rock performer.
ANN WILSON of Heart
SCOTT AVETT of The Avett Brothers
In 1965, Four Tops went to #1 on the US singles chart with “I Can’t Help Myself.” Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but that never happened so the version that became a smash hit was just Stubbs’ second vocal take.
In 1971, Carole King started a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “It’s Too Late.”
In 1948, Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33rpm long player (LP). The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78rpm disc.
In 1977, Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Dreams,” the group’s first and only US #1. Stevie Nicks says she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.
GREGG ROLIE of Santana/Journey/Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band
PAUL YOUNG of Sad Café/Mike + The Mechanics
In 1965, The Kinks and The Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
In 1965, Working at Abbey Road Studios in London, The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song, “Yesterday” on the day before his 23rd birthday; they also recorded “Act Naturally,” Ringo’s vocal contribution to the Help! album, and “Wait,” which was included on Rubber Soul.
GARRY ROBERTS of The Boomtown Rats
IAIN MATTHEWS of Fairport Convention/Matthews Southern Comfort
JED MOTTLEY of Feed The Kitty
In 1967, The Monterey Pop Festival began in Monterey, California, unofficially ushering in the Summer Of Love. Over the course of three days, tens of thousands saw the first major appearances of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, and Janis Joplin. The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas & The Papas, and Buffalo Springfield also performed. John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas wrote “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.
GARY LIGHTBODY of Snow Patrol/Tired Pony
In 1965, Bob Dylan began recording “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Inspired by The Beatles to try writing in full-band arrangements, Dylan was still working on the song when he entered the studio, with lyrics that had been whittled down from 10 pages to four verses.
In 1966, The original version of The Beatles’ album Yesterday And Today was released. It featured a cover photo of the boys grinning amidst an array of dismembered baby dolls. The “Butcher cover,” as it became known, was not well-received and quickly pulled by Capitol. A few copies that got out have become collector’s items.
RIVERS CUOMO of Weezer
In 1970, The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 in the US with “The Long And Winding Road,” their 20th and final US #1. Meanwhile, Let It Be, their 12th and final studio album, started a four-week run at #1 in the US on the same day.
In 1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Recordings from these two shows were used as part of his #1 double-album Frampton Comes Alive.