Archive | October, 2012

Electric Ladyland: A real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

25 Oct

On October 25, 1968, Electric Ladyland is the third and final album of new material by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, released  on Reprise Records. It is the only Hendrix studio album professionally produced under his supervision. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks in November 1968.[1]

A  real landmark in the history of rock and roll.

From Classic Albums

“The Times They Are a-Changin'”

24 Oct

On October 24,1963,”The Times They Are a-Changin’” was recorded at Columbia studio.  This  song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album, The Times They Are a-Changin’. The song was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone‘s 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1]

Buddy Holly opens for Elvis Presley

15 Oct

Buddy Holly saw Elvis Presley sing in Lubbock at the “Big D Jamboree” in 1955, and began to incorporate a rockabilly style, similar to the Sun Records sound, which had a strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass.[5] On October 15, 1955, Holly, along with Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn, opened the bill for Presley[6] in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout.[8] Holly’s transition to rock continued when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local show organized by Eddie Crandall, the manager for Marty Robbins.[6]

The Beatles meet Little Richard

12 Oct

The Beatles with new drummer Ringo Starr meet their hero Little Richard 1962

October 12th 1962: The Beatles perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, as main support act for Little Richard, along with 10 other Liverpool groups. Among them: The Undertakers, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, Billy J Kramer & The Coasters and Lee Curtis & The All Stars (with Pete Best). It is rumoured that during the evening Little Richard tries to seduce Paul. Later, performance at The Cavern with Little Richard. Photographer unknown.

Good Vibrations, Rocks First Masterpiece

10 Oct

On October 10, 1966,the Beach Boys released the single “Good Vibrations.” It is known for its many unusual instruments such as the prominent use of the cello and theremin. It is a  mile stone in the development of rock and roll as an art form and the use of the the recording studio as an instrument.

Single by The Beach Boys
B-side Let’s Go Away for Awhile
Released October 10, 1966
Format 7″ single
Recorded February–September 1966
Genre Psychedelic pop
Length 3:39
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Brian WilsonMike Love
Producer Brian Wilson
 

“Good Vibrations” earned The Beach Boys a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group performance in 1966 and the song was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. It has featured highly in many ‘Top 100 Records of All Time’ charts and was voted #1 in the Mojo Top 100 Records of All Time chart in 1997. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Good Vibrations” at No. 6 in “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“, the highest position of seven Beach Boys songs cited in the list. It outranked The Beatles‘s highest ranking song, “Hey Jude“, which was placed at No. 8. The song was also voted No. 24 in the RIAA and NEA’s listing of Songs of the Century. “Good Vibrations” is currently ranked as the No. 3 song of all time in an aggregation of critics’ lists at acclaimedmusic.net.[11]

One of the most covered songs in history!

9 Oct

One of the most covered songs in history, “Yesterday”, was released on 13 September 1965 in the US, attaining #1 for four weeks on 9 October 1965. It is the 13th track on the album Help and is a game changer in the history of rock and roll.

The first song with only one Beatle on it and hired session musicians.  With the string quartet, this song helped push the rock and roll era into a period of experimentation and creativity never thought possible with rock and roll.

“Yesterday” was voted the best song of the 20th century in a 1999 BBC Radio 2 poll of music experts and listeners and was also voted the No. 1 Pop song of all time by MTV and Rolling Stone magazine the following year. In 1997, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of FameBroadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone.

“Yesterday” live with an introduction by George.

Mule Skinner Blues

7 Oct

Charlie and Bill Monroe

Mule Skinner Blues was Bill Monroe’s first solo studio recording. Recorded on October 7, 1940 for RCA Victor, the song became a hit and one of Monroe’s signature tunes. It was originally recorded by Jimmie Rogers. It went on to be covered by many performers including, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Lonnie Donegan,Bob Dylan and Van Morrison to name a few.