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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 26

Published 43 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


CHRIS ISAAK
COLIN GREENWOOD of Radiohead
MICK JONES of The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite
NATHAN FOLLOWILL of Kings Of Leon
TERRI NUNN of Berlin/KCSN

THIS HAPPENED


In 1961, Gary U.S. Bonds hit #1 in the US with “Quarter To Three,” and he stayed there for two weeks.

In 1965, The Byrds went to #1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” the recording generally considered to be the beginning of folk rock and the “California Sound.” Roger McGuinn was the only member of The Byrds who actually played on that recording, with the rest of the instruments played by the famed Wrecking Crew session musicians.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 25

Published 44 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


TIM FINN of Split Enz/Crowded House/The Finn Brothers


THIS HAPPENED


In 1967, An estimated 200 million people saw The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, Our World. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and Keith Moon provided backing vocals.

In 1969, The Hollies recorded “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” with a then-unknown Elton John on piano.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 24

Published 45 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


CHRIS WOOD of Traffic
COLIN BLUNSTONE of The Zombies
CURT SMITH of Tears For Fears
JEFF BECK
MICK FLEETWOOD of Fleetwood Mac


THIS HAPPENED


In 1995, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder left the stage due to illness after only seven songs during an outdoor concert in San Francisco. Neil Young stepped up to finish the show.

In 1999, With 100 of his guitars at auction to raise money for his Crossroads Centre drug rehab clinic in Antigua, Eric Clapton raised almost $5 million. The guitar he used on “Layla,” a 1956 Fender Stratocaster, went for nearly $500,000.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 23

Published 46 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


JUNE CARTER CASH
KT TUNSTALL
PAUL “BONEHEAD” ARTHURS of Oasis
ROBERT HUNTER of Grateful Dead
STU SUTCLIFFE of The Beatles

THIS HAPPENED


In 1965, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ classic “The Tracks Of My Tears” was released.

In 1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Living In The Material World, his second US #1.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 22

Published 46 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


GARRY GARY BEERS of INXS
HOWARD KAYLAN of The Turtles/Flo & Eddie
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
STEVEN PAGE of Barenaked Ladies
TODD RUNDGREN


THIS HAPPENED


In 1968, The Jeff Beck Group played in America for the first time, at the Fillmore East in New York City. Rod Stewart, then the lead singer, was so nervous that he hid behind a large speaker for part of the performance.

In 1969, The only album by supergroup Blind Faith was released.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 21

Published 48 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BRANDON FLOWERS of The Killers
LANA DEL REY
NILS LOFGREN of The E Street Band/Grin/Crazy Horse
RAY DAVIES of The Kinks

 

THIS HAPPENED


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.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 20

Published 49 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN


BRIAN WILSON of The Beach Boys
CHET ATKINS
GRACE POTTER
JOHN TAYLOR of Duran Duran

 

THIS HAPPENED


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.

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ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY Cheat Sheet for June 19

Published 50 days ago by Jim Nelson

BORN

ANN WILSON of Heart
NICK DRAKE
SCOTT AVETT of The Avett Brothers

 

THIS HAPPENED

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.”

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