Archive | January, 2013

Years later, Dylan would say Holly’s spirit was with him…..

31 Jan

On January 31, 1959

Seventeen-year-old Robert Zimmerman drove from Hibbing to the Duluth Armory to see Buddy Holly and the Crickets perform on this day in 1959. The youth soon to become Bob Dylan stood close, absorbing the music by another small-town boy playing the guitar and singing. Three days later, Holly was dead in a plane crash.
Years later, Dylan would say Holly‘s spirit was with him as he wrote songs for his album “Time Out of Mind.” “I was 3 feet away from him, and he looked at me,” Dylan said as he accepted a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1998. “I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way.”


Buddy Holly and the Crickets made an appearance on the Arthur Murray Dance Party on December 29, 1957

On the Rooftop

30 Jan

On January 30, 1969…

On the roof of their own Apple Studios in London, the Beatles gave their last public live performance. They performed “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”,  “One After 909”, and  “Dig A Pony”. They did more than one run through of several of the songs. The performance came to an abrupt end after 42 minutes when police shut it down. There were complaints from a nearby shop owner.

Watch it here:

A lot  of this session was commercially used  in the Let It Be film and on the Get Back (unissued) and Let It Be albums.

More details and a rather thorough run down of the event  here.

Jailhouse Rock!

25 Jan

“Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley became the first single to enter the UK pop chart at #1 on January 25, 1958.

It was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was released as a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley’s motion pictureJailhouse Rock.

“Jailhouse Rock, as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1]. It was also named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

B-side Treat Me Nice
Released September 24, 1957
Format 45 rpm single, 78 rpm single
Recorded April 30 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Writer(s) Leiber/Stoller
Producer Leiber/Stoller

Cafe Wha?

24 Jan

On January 24,1961, Bob Dylan performed in New York for the first time at Cafe Wha?. He played  a short set of Woody Guthrie songs. He then proceeded to ask audience for a place to spend the night.

Over the ensuing months, Zimmerman would become a staple of Café Wha? And Robert’s status as a folk legend would begin to build as the man originally known as Robert Zimmerman would be transformed into Bob Dylan (named after his idol, poet Dylan Thomas). Others would later follow in Dylan’s footsteps at Café Wha? as this small club began to be recognized as one of the top havens for musical talent during the 1960s.

Ramblin’ Round (Rare Minnesota Hotel Tape 1961) – Bob Dylan

A discussion on Dylan’s arival in NYC.

The Ill Fated Winter Dance Party Begins

23 Jan

1959 Original Poster

On January 0n the 23rd , 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper“, Dion and the Belmonts, Frankie Sardo, Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch set out on a 24 day tour barnstorming the Midwest. It became the most infamous tour in rock ‘n roll history. Sad… the music will die soon.

Tequila with no lemon!

15 Jan

The Champs were an American rock and roll band, and most famous for their Latin-tinged instrumental “Tequila“. They were formed by executives at Gene Autry‘s Challenge Records[1] to record a B-Side for ae Dave Burgess (aka Dave Dupree) single . “Tequila”was  intended  to be a throwaway track, but who has ever hears of  it’s A-side, “Train to Nowhere”? “Tequila” went to No. 1 quickly, and the Champs became the first rock and roll group to get a #1 with an instrumental as their first release.[2] The song was recorded at Gold Star Studios in 1958, and in 1959 won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording.

Released January 15, 1958
Recorded December 23, 1957
Genre Instrumental rock
Latin rock
Label Challenge
Writer(s) Daniel Flores
Producer Joe Johnson (Challenge Records)

The History of Epiphone Guitars

14 Jan

The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars

Why the Epiphone?

“In the mid-1960s, Epiphone models were played by a little-known cult act called the Beatles — “Everybody but Ringo,” as Carter told me. McCartney played an Epiphone Texan acoustic on “Yesterday,” George Harrison played his Epiphone Casino on Sgt. Pepper, and John Lennon played his own Casino on the rooftop of Apple Records during their legendary last concert at the conclusion of Let It Be.”

A good article and interview here.

The book here.