This Week in Music History (April 4th-10th)

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!


13629-largeR.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.


32981-largeGene 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.


7325-largePaul 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.


This Week in Music History (March 28th-April 3rd)

What does music history have for us this week? Learn up and boogie down.

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Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio record, Houses of the Holy, on this day in 1973. A song by the same name was recorded during the studio sessions for the album, but the band decided it didn’t fit with the rest of the material and it ended up on their following record, Physical Graffiti.



Sting Ray Davis, founding member of Parliament and Funkadelic, was born on this day in 1940. Davis’ iconic deep voice marinated funk in a bassy sauce of groove and grit, and it can be heard on the song that epitomizes the genre “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker).”



Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in Camden Town on this day in 1978. The punk pair allegedly shot racing pigeons with air guns from the top of their rehearsal space. The police responded appropriately, sending a helicopter to make the arrest.



Chuck Berry released Johnny B. Goode on this day in 1958. The song would inspire countless bands and riffs alike, and has been covered by the likes of PhishCeline Dion, and The Sex Pistols.



Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff was born on this day in 1948. Cliff was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, an award that doesn’t hold a candle to the Order of Merit awarded by the Jamaican government in 2003, the nation’s third highest honor. Jimmy Cliff is undoubtedly a well-respected man.



Nirvana went into Madison’s own Smart Studios (2 miles from Murfie HQ) to demo songs on their forthcoming album, Nevermind on this day in 1990. (You may have Nevermind, but how about Bleach?)



The Doors‘ frontman, Jim Morrison, turned himself in to the FBI on this day in 1969. The eccentric singer allegedly exposed himself on stage in Miami, and some audience members weren’t too keen on lighting his fire.

This Week in Music History (March 20th-26th)

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David Bowie got married on this day in 1970, and managed to release 12 records while in the 10-year long relationship. In other news, the former starman just released his first record in a decade, The Next Day. Welcome back, Bowie!


7032-largeOzzy Osbourne, original frontman of Black Sabbath, was voted preferred ambassador of Earth in the event of encountering extraterrestrial life by a Yahoo poll on this day in 2004. We can only hope…



13353-largeBob Dylan released his fifth studio album, Bringing It All Back Home, on this day in 1965. This record has split personalities—electric on side A and acoustic on side B. Truly the best of both worlds!


8197-largeThe Smiths, fronted by the eccentric Morrissey, played their first show in London on this day in 1983, and would sign with Rough Trade records two months later. The world has never been so happy to be so sad.



48503-largeAlice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies lived up to its name when it topped the charts in both the U.K. and the U.S on this day in 1973. Perhaps it was Cooper’s infamous showmanship that catapulted this album to platinum status.



44876-largeJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono began their iconic bed-in protest at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel on this day in 1969. So you say you want a revolution, eh?



35938-largeHappy Birthday Diana Ross! A certified Motown icon, Diana turns 69 today, which means she has more hit singles (70) than years lived.


This Week in Music History (March 11th-17th)

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12617-largeOtis Redding’s (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay reaches No.1 on March 3rd, 1968—three months after his fatal plane crash in Lake Monona (only a mile from Murfie HQ).



23133-largeBillie Holiday is charged for possession of narcotics by a Philadelphia court in 1958—a year of probation would make anyone blue.



133605-largePink Floyd released their iconic record “Dark Side of the Moon” on this day in 1973—available on Murfie in any format you like (MP3, AAC, and lossless formats FLAC & ALAC).



c0e6067c-a110-11e1-bc46-12313926e067Happy Birthday Jim Pons (born 1949)!  Jim was the guitar player of The Turtles, the 60’s American pop outfit responsible for “Happy Together.”



49251-largeMarc Bolan of T Rex released his first book of poetry on this day in 1969—it was called “The Warlock of Love”.


71315-largeTammi Terrell died from a brain tumor on this day in 1970. Her death caused Marvin Gaye to became disillusioned with the music industry—Marvin then attempted to secure a position on the Detroit Lions football team.



36842-largeBig Star frontman Alex Chilton died on this day in 2010. Hanging out down the street will never be the same, but the music lives on.