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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 3

Published 36 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


PAUL BARRÉRE of Little Feat

THIS HAPPENED

 
In 1968, At a gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash reportedly sang together for the very first time.

In 1969, Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Jones, who had recently exited The Rolling Stones, drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool. The coroner’s report called it “death by misadventure.”

In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was discovered dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. The accepted cause is a heart attack brought on by an overdose of heroin, though no one is really sure what happened. Like Brian Jones, Morrison joined the “27 Club.”

In 1973, After 182 Ziggy Stardust concert performances, David Bowie announced he was retiring from live performing. It was eventually revealed that it was the Ziggy Stardust stage persona he was retiring, rather than Bowie himself.

In 1976, For the first time in a dozen years, Brian Wilson joined The Beach Boys onstage at a concert in Anaheim, California, that also featured Santana and America.


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Hear At Home with Man Man

Published 36 days ago by Jim Nelson

Hear At Home with Man Man

For this episode of our Hear At Home series, evening host Jim Nelson talks with Man Man. Man Man and Jim speculate about the return of live shows and reflect on this year's pandemic. Man Man explains why there hasn't been a new album in a while.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 2

Published 37 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BETH ORTON
“PROFESSOR” ROY BITTAN of The E Street Band


THIS HAPPENED


In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios in New York; this was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. “Hound Dog” sold over 10 million copies globally, becoming Elvis’s best-selling song, and it was #1 on the Pop chart for 11 weeks—a record that stood for 36 years.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for July 1

Published 38 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BRYAN DEVENDORF of The National
DEBBIE HARRY of Blondie
FRED SCHNEIDER of The B-52’s
PHIL SOLEM of The Rembrandts
WILLIE DIXON

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1957, Billboard’s front page proclaimed, “Good music may be making a comeback on the bestseller charts, but rock and roll discs continue to dominate the pop market.”

In 1963, The Beatles recorded two songs, including “She Loves You,” in less than four hours. “She Loves You” went on to become The Beatles’ first million-selling single.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 30

Published 39 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


ANDY SCOTT of Sweet
FLORENCE BALLARD of The Supremes

THIS HAPPENED


In 1971, Paul Revere & The Raiders were awarded a Gold record for their only #1 hit, “Indian Reservation.”

In 1973, George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” knocked Paul McCartney & Wings’ “My Love” from the top of the US singles chart; it was Harrison’s second US #1.

In 1975, Gregg Allman married Cher four days after her divorce from Sonny Bono.

In 2000, Nine men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen, Denmark, when they either slipped or fell in the mud in front of the stage.

In 2004, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies was paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. It took a couple of years, but he was able to recover enough to walk, talk, and play guitar again.


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 29

Published 39 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


COLIN HAY of Men At Work


THIS HAPPENED


In 1963, Del Shannon’s rendition of “From Me To You,” the first Lennon/McCartney song to chart in America, made but a slight dent in the Top 100.

In 1967, Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his property to be used for the smoking of cannabis; he was fined and sentenced to one year in jail. Meanwhile, bandmate Mick Jagger was pronounced guilty of illegal possession of amphetamine pills and sentenced to three months in jail; Jagger’s sentence was later suspended.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Mile High Stadium in Denver in what was to be their final gig together.

In 1979, Singer/guitarist/songwriter Lowell George, founder of Little Feat, died of a heart attack while on the road in Arlington, Virginia.

In 2000, Sting and four of his band members were defeated in simultaneous chess matches against World Chess champion Garry Kasparov in NY’s Times Square. Check mate!


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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 28

Published 41 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


MARK STOERMER of The Killers

 

THIS HAPPENED


In 1968, “It’s A Beautiful Morning” earned The Rascals their third Gold record.

In 1970, The gender-bending single “Lola,” by The Kinks, was released.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 27

Published 42 days ago by Jim Nelson

THIS HAPPENED


In 1859, “Happy Birthday” was first sung.

In 1970, The Jackson 5 started a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “The Love You Save,” their third #1 of the year.

In 1970, The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (aka The Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts — including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buddy Guy Blues Band — all travelled together on a chartered train, playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Calgary.

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