Archive | August, 2012

Three Years after the Motorcycle Accident…”He changed everything”

31 Aug

Thanks to rumours that one or all of The Beatles would be joining him on stage,[11] Dylan’s comeback show had now been, in the words of music journalist John Harris, “inflated into the gig of the decade”.[4] On 31 August, a nervous Bob Dylan arrived on stage in a cream suit recalling Hank Williams, with a haircut and a short beard.[12] Backed by The Band, he performed recent pieces from his Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding albums as well as countryfied versions of earlier songs such as “Maggie’s Farm“, “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Like a Rolling Stone[13] − much to the surprise and consternation of the audience and the throng of journalists. Levon Helm later commented: “Bob had an extra list of songs with about eight or ten different titles … that we would’ve gone ahead and done had it seemed like the right thing to do. But it seemed like everyone was a bit tired … the festival was three days old by then.”

Eric Clapton was mesmerized, however, having already been inspired back to blues and country post-Cream by Dylan’s change of musical direction and by The Band’s album Music From Big Pink. “Dylan was fantastic,” Clapton later said. “He changed everything … [The audience] couldn’t understand it. You had to be a musician to understand it.”

Dylan’s setlist was as follows:

  1. She Belongs to Me*
  2. I Threw It All Away
  3. Maggie’s Farm
  4. Wild Mountain Thyme
  5. It Ain’t Me Babe
  6. To Ramona
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man
  8. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
  9. Lay Lady Lay
  10. Highway 61 Revisited
  11. One Too Many Mornings
  12. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
  13. Like a Rolling Stone*
  14. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  15. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)*
  16. Minstrel Boy*
  17. Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35

A pretty good video of  most  Dylan’s concert with the band can be found here.  There are other snippets of things!

Highway 61

30 Aug

Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61”

The iconic album, Highway 61 Revisited, with the iconic song “Like a Rolling Stone” was released on August 30th,1965.

Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. It was released  by Columbia Records. On his previous album, Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan devoted Side One of the album to songs accompanied by an electric rock band, and Side Two to solo acoustic numbers. For Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan used rock backing on every track, except for the closing 11-minute acoustic song, “Desolation Row“. Critics have written that Dylan’s ability to combine driving, complex, blues-based rock music with the power of poetry made Highway 61 Revisited one of the most influential albums ever recorded.

Highway 61 Revisited peaked at number three in the United States charts and number four in the United Kingdom. The album has received multiple accolades and was ranked number four on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The single “Like a Rolling Stone” reached number two in the US charts and number four in the UK. It has been described by critics as Dylan’s magnum opus and was number one on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

Today is the 45th Anniversary of the Beatles Last Concert!

29 Aug

“There was a big talk at Candlestick Park that this had got to end. At that San Francisco gig it seemed that this could possibly be the last time, but I never felt 100% certain till we got back to London.John wanted to give up more than the others. He said that he’d had enough.”

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ last live concert, held at Candlestick Park in 1966. Here’s the set list of 11 songs, from “Rock and Roll Music” to “Long Tall Sally.” At which point a strong gust of Candlestick wind blew Ringo off his drumset and over the left field fence, discouraging the band from ever touring again.

Lasting between 30 to 40 minutes per show, the typical set list was as follows (with lead singers appropriately noted):

  1. Rock and Roll Music” (John Lennon)
  2. She’s a Woman” (Paul McCartney)
  3. If I Needed Someone” (George Harrison) – the first (and only) Harrison composition the group performed live
  4. Day Tripper” (Lennon and McCartney)
  5. Baby’s in Black” (Lennon and McCartney)
  6. I Feel Fine” (Lennon)
  7. Yesterday” (McCartney) – performed with all four Beatles, rather than the one guitar-string quartet arrangement by which the song was recorded, and in G major, not in F major
  8. I Wanna Be Your Man” (Ringo Starr)
  9. Nowhere Man” (Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison)
  10. Paperback Writer” (McCartney) – the newest song ever performed by The Beatles in their touring
  11. Long Tall Sally” (McCartney)

(To the disappointment of some people, they performed no songs from the new LP Revolver.)

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
12 August 1966 Chicago United States International Amphitheatre
13 August 1966 Detroit Olympia Stadium
14 August 1966 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
15 August 1966 Washington, D.C. D.C. Stadium
16 August 1966 Philadelphia Philadelphia Stadium
17 August 1966 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
18 August 1966 Boston United States Suffolk Downs Racetrack
19 August 1966 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum (evening performance originally canceled, but went ahead)
21 August 1966 Cincinnati Crosley Field
22 August 1966 St. Louis Busch Stadium
23 August 1966 New York City Shea Stadium
25 August 1966 Seattle Seattle Coliseum
28 August 1966 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
29 August 1966 San Francisco Candlestick Park

Candlestick Live!

Duquesne Whistle

27 Aug

“Duquesne Whistle,” begins in the middle of a scene, like the fade-in in a classic Western. It’s the first song we get to hear from Bob Dylan‘s Tempest, the album he will release on September 11, 50 years and six months after the commencement of his recoding career.

Elvis and the Beatles Meet

27 Aug

August 27, 1965…Elvis Presley‘s manager Colonel Tom Parker contacted Beatles manager Brian Epstein to let him know that Elvis agreed to meet the Beatles at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. When the group arrived, high on marijuana, Elvis was in the darkened living room, surrounded by his entourage, looking at the TV with the sound off while fooling with a bass guitar. 
          “Hi, Elvis,” said the group, almost in unison. Elvis responded, “Hey, you guys want a drink?”
          The four sat down to watch TV with Elvis and were fascinated by his early-model TV remote control, still a novelty. The group also was interested in his pool table and played a few games with members of the Memphis Mafia while Presley’s jukebox repeatedly played Charlie Rich’s “Mohair Sam.” Priscilla was presented to the group, then quickly whisked away. According to Paul, she was dressed “in a purple gingham dress, with a gingham bow in her very beehive hair, with lots of makeup.”
          Somewhat awed by each other’s presence, conversation did not come easily, but John thought to ask if Elvis was working on a new movie. “I sure am,” he replied. “I play a country boy with a guitar who meets a few gals along the way, and I sing a few songs.” “We all looked at one another,” remembered John. “Finally Presley and Colonel Parker laughed and explained that the only time they departed from that formula, for ‘Wild In The Country,’ they lost money.”
          Paul offered to give Elvis some lessons on the bass, then they played a very brief, un-recorded jam session. Everyone seemed pleased with the four-hour meeting. Upon leaving the house, John Lennon told Jerry Schilling to make sure Elvis knew that “if it hadn’t been for him, the Beatles would be nothing.”

More here, and here.

Be My Baby

26 Aug

On August 26, 1963,The Ronettes released the single “Be My Baby.” It is #22 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

One of the defining rock ‘n roll songs of the 1960s – a song notable for its role in advancing a new sound that changed pop music – is the Ronettes’ 1963 blockbuster, “Be My Baby.”  It was sung by three young girls from New York’s Spanish Harlem who came be known as the Ronettes – sisters Estelle and Ronnie Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley.

Be My Baby”  written by Phil SpectorJeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, performed by The Ronettes and produced by Spector. When released as a single, the song reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart and #4 on the UK’s Record Retailer. “Be My Baby” also peaked at number four on the R&B chart.[1]

Often cited as the ultimate embodiment of Spector’s Wall of Sound, “Be My Baby” is one of the best-known and most enduring songs of its era. Critic Jason Ankeny writes, “No less an authority than Brian Wilson has declared ‘Be My Baby’ the greatest pop record ever made — no arguments here.”[5]

Hey Jude

26 Aug

“Hey Jude” was released in August 1968 as the first single from The Beatles’ record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, “Hey Jude” was, at the time, the longest single ever to top the British charts.[3] It also spent nine weeks as number one in the United States—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles’ single, and tied the record for longest stay at number one (until the record was broken by “You Light Up My Life“). The single has sold approximately eight million copie and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best songs.[4][5][6] John Lennon said “Hey Jude” was “one of his [Paul’s] masterpieces.”[10]

B-side Revolution
Released 26 August 1968
Format 7″
Recorded 31 July 1968,
Trident Studios, London
Genre Rockpop[1]
Length 7:11
Label Apple
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney[2]
Producer George Martin
Certification 4× Platinum (RIAA)