What does music history have for us this week? Learn up and boogie down.
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Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters was born on this day in 1915. Muddy’s influence spread across the Atlantic and helped ignite the British blues explosion (The Rolling Stones got their name from a Muddy Waters song). Muddy was in turn influenced by the psychedelic 60’s, resulting in a Hendrix-esque album of scorching guitar, Electric Mud. Enjoy!
R.E.M. played their first gig on this day in 1980. The group released their debut record, Murmur, three years later, and Rolling Stone Magazine voted it the top album of 1983, beating out Michael Jackson’s Thriller and U2’s War.
The White Stripes took the top spot on the U.K. charts with their second album, Elephant, on this day in 2003. Jack White once said that the driving bassy riff of the record’s first song, “Seven Nation Army,” would be the song he would submit if he was ever asked to write the theme to a James Bond movie. Jack was asked to do just that five years later.
Deep Purple was in deep trouble when their guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, announced his departure from the band on this day in 1975. Blackmore then formed the band, Rainbow, and frontman Ian Gillan went on to play the part of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
Former Joy Division bass player Peter Hook was knocked unconscious after a riot broke out at a New Order gig in Rotterdam on this day in 1982. In other news, New Order has reunited, and the group is scheduled to headline several festivals in Europe. The shows are sure to be knock outs.
Gene Parsons, drummer of The Byrds, was born on this day in 1944. Although The Byrds are best known for the psychedelic jangle of Mr. Tambourine Man, the group later moved in the direction of country with the addition of famed bluegrass picker, Clarence White.
Paul McCartney announced The Beatles‘ breakup on this day in 1970. The fab four released 12 albums, which together have sold over a billion units wordwide.