Archive | May, 2013

Paperback Writer and Rain

30 May

On May 30, 1966 the Beatles released the single “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” in North America.

Paperback Writer was a standalone single released in June 1966, written by Paul McCartney and recorded over two consecutive days during the Revolver sessions.

” Paperback Writer is son of Day Tripper, but it is Paul’s song. Son of Day Tripper meaning a rock ‘n’ roll song with a guitar lick on a fuzzy, loud guitar.” John Lennon

 

Released on the Paperback Writer single, “Rain” is considered by many Beatles fans to be their finest b-side.

“I don’t think he brought the original idea, just when we sat down to write, he kicked it off. Songs have traditionally treated rain as a bad thing and what we got on to was that it’s no bad thing. There’s no greater feeling than the rain dripping down your back. The most interesting thing about it wasn’t the writing, which was tilted 70-30 to John, but the recording of it.” Paul McCartney

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Tommy

23 May

On May 23, 1969, The Who released their fourth album, “Tommy. This was the first time a  musical work was billed as a rock opera.

Maybellene!

21 May

Chuck Berry recorded his first single, “Maybellene,” at the Chess Recording Studio in Chicago on May 21, 1955. This recording is one of the first records to be successful on rhythm & blues, country & western, and the pop charts at the same time!

These three genres were the recipe for the new hybrid genre called rock and roll.

In 1988 “Maybellene” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for its influence as a rock and roll single.

When you listen to Pet Sounds… use ear phones in the dark!

16 May

Pet Sounds is the eleventh album by the  the Beach Boys It was released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music and one of the best albums of the 1960s.

For more on Pet Sounds go here and here.