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“Johnny B. Goode”

31 Mar

The guy with the new guitar sound and great rock and roll lyrics, Chuck Berry, released the rock and roll anthem “Johnny B. Goode” on March 31, 1958. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at #1 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

How many bands covered this after the fact?

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today!

7 Feb

It was Friday, February 7, 1964 when the English band The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. They were welcomed with screams and shouts from New York teenagers eager to catch sight of the new sensation group. Two days later, they made their American debut on the television variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show. More than 73 million viewers tuned in to set a television record. After that, virtually every American teenage girl wanted to hold one of the Fab Four’s hands. Beatlemania had officially arrived.

“Everywhere It’s Christmas”

6 Dec

On Dec. 6 1963, the Beatles began a tradition of recording and releasing goofy spoken-word and musical  Christmas messages for fans.

This continued until 1969.

A compilation of all of them.

Electric Lady Land

25 Oct

One of rock’s most groundbreaking and ambitious albums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Electric Ladyland,’ arrived in stores in October 25 1968. In a way, humanity is still trying to catch up to its futuristic musical vision.

Rolling Stone’s 1968 review here.

“Old Shep”

3 Oct

On October 3rd 1945, Elvis Presley made his first ever public appearance  at the age of 10 in a talent contest at the Mississippi, Alabama Dairy Show. He sang  ” Old Shep”, and came in second.

 

This is obviously a much later version.

“Wake Up Little Susie”

2 Sep

On September 2, 1957 The Everly Brothers released the single “Wake Up Little Susie.” This popular song was written byFelice and Boudleaux Bryant and published in 1957. This single was  issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1337, and reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart. This despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered suggestive.[2] “Wake Up Little Susie” also spent seven weeks atop the Billboard country chart[3] and got to number two on the UK Singles Chart. The songwas ranked at #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

What Else Can Be Said?

1 Jun

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the Beatles. It was released on June 1 1967.