Archive | February, 2013

The Last Great American

26 Feb

John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Many remember him as a country music icon. The truth is his songs and sound spanned many genres including rockabilly , rock and rollbluesfolk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

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Good Vibrations

17 Feb

On February,17 1966, Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys“Good Vibrations.” He co-wrote this with Mike Love. Brian will six months working on the tracks, recording in seventeen different sessions in four Los Angeles studios, using at least 13 additional musicians, not including the Beachboys.This project cost more than $50,000.

Brian Wilson talks here.

Original version

The Beach Boys

Session musicians

“Rumble” at American Bandstand

10 Feb

Link Wray, pioneer of distortion and the power chord, was called ‘the Rumble Man.’ On February 10, 1959 Link Wray and his Ray men performed his controversial instrumental “Rumble” on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.”

“Rumble” has the distinction of being the only instrumental song ever banned for radio play in the U.S.  The offensiveness, apparently, had to do with the fear that the song might incite gang violence.

Link Wray ‘s original single from vinyl, along with the opening street scene from the 1957 Delicate Delinquent movie by Jerry Lewis. Rumble came later in 1958.

Jimmy Page talking about “Rumble”.

A documentary of Link Wray.

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

9 Feb

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, over 73 million Americans gathered around television sets to see what all the excitement was about.

The Beatles made their live U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73.7 million Americans watched as the Fab Four  performed “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” While they performed “Till There Was You,” a sign flashed on the screen when John appeared that read, “Sorry, girls, he’s married.”
Sullivan read a telegram to the audience just before the band’s performance that said, “Congratulations on your appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America. STOP. We hope your engagement will be successful and your visit pleasant. STOP. Sincerely Elvis and the Colonel.”
A future music star from Britain also performed on the Sullivan show that night. Davy Jones performed as part of the cast of the Broadway show “Oliver” two years before he became a Monkee.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music.

A forty-ninth anniversary is usually not that significant…

7 Feb

It was 49 years ago today, that The Beatles came to the US to play…

The Day the Music Died

3 Feb

On February 3, 1959 at about 1:00 a.m, shortly after take off from the Mason City, Iowa airport, the chartered airplane containing Buddy HollyRitchie Valens, and the “Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson , crashed into an Iowa field, instantly killing all three and the pilot Roger Peterson. They were headed for the next “Winter Dance Party” tour stop in Fargo, North Dakota. Holly chartered  the plane because their tour bus had a broken heater. Holly was 22, Richardson was 28, and Valens was 17. Don McLean later immortalized the tragedy in his classic song “American Pie,” calling this “the day the music died’. the music died.”