Archive | November, 2012

Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan

20 Nov

A close-up of Bob Dylan wearing a coat and hat, holding a guitar

On November 20, 1961 at the Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City, Bob Dylan began recording his self-titled debut album. All the tracks were completed by November 22.

The performances on his first Columbia album, Bob Dylan (1962), consisted of familiar folk, blues and gospel material combined with two original compositions. The album made little impact, selling only 5,000 copies in its first year, just enough to break even.




I Got a Woman

18 Nov

On November 18, 1954, at radio station WGST in Atlanta, Georgia, Ray Charles recorded “I’ve Got A Woman.”  The song would be one of the prototypes for what later became termed as “soul music” after Charles released “What’d I Say” nearly five years later.



The Boxer

17 Nov

On November 16, 1968 Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Boxer.”

The Boxer a folk- rock genre composed and written by Paul Simon . It was released right after their number one hit “Mrs. Robinson“. “The Boxer” reached #7 in the US charts. It later appeared on their last studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, along with its B-side “Baby Driver”. It is particularly known for its pensive  refrain, ‘lie-la-lie’, accompanied by a heavily-reverbed drum (work of Hal Blaine), and the memorable guitar finger-picking by Simon and guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“The Boxer” was originally written with a verse that is not present in the Bridge Over Troubled Water version:

Now the years are rolling by me
They are rockin’ evenly
I am older than I once was
And younger than I’ll be and that’s not unusual.
No it isn’t strange
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same

Versions that include the missing verse.


The Royal Command Performance

4 Nov

11 11 04 beatles royal variety 1963 See The Beatles Complete Royal Variety Performance   11/4/63

“For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewellery. We’d like to sing a song called Twist And Shout.” John Lennon

On November 4, 1963, at Prince of Wales Theatre in London, the Beatles performed at a Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden.   Their short four-song set included “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” “Till There Was You,” and “Twist And Shout.” The Beatles were one of 19 acts appearing at the concert which was taped and broadcast on ATV in the UK six days later.

The Yellow Shark

2 Nov

On November 2, 1993, ‘The Yellow Shark,’ an album of Frank Zappa conducting the Ensemble Modern, who perform 19 of his compositions, is released. It is the last album by Zappa released in his lifetime.

In 1991, Zappa was chosen to be one of four featured composers at the Frankfurt Festival in 1992 (the others were John CageKarlheinz Stockhausen and Alexander Knaifel).[3] Zappa was approached by the German chamber ensemble, Ensemble Modern, which was interested in playing his music for the event. Although ill, Zappa invited them to Los Angeles for rehearsals of new compositions and new arrangements of older material.[4]

Great Video of the performance!

The Stones Second Single “I Wanna Be Your Man”

1 Nov

I Wanna Be Your Man is a Lennon–McCartney-composition that was recorded separately by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones’ version was released a few weeks earlier on November 1. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.[1]  

It seems that John and Paul got Mick and Keith into writing songs with this simple verse chorus single.