This Week in Music History (January 29th-February 4th)

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1/29- On this day in 1964, The Beatles spent a day recording at the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris. They recorded new vocals for “She Loves You”, “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

1/30- On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley began recording what would be his first album, Elvis Presley. Recorded at RCA Records’ New York studios, the tracks included his version of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”.

1/31- On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played the first night of the band’s two-night run at the Fillmore East in New York City during their first North American tour. It is said that Zeppelin’s show got such an enthusiastic response that headliners Iron Butterfly refused to follow them!

2/1- On this day in 1986, singer Diana Ross married Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess. Stevie Wonder performed at the reception, which took place in Geneva. The couple divorced in 2000.

2/2- On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The gig was all three acts’ last before “The Day the Music Died”, or the fatal plane crash that killed all three the next day.

2/3- On this day in 1979, Blondie had their first of five No. 1 singles with “Heart of Glass”, off the band’s third album, Parallel Lines. The song was originally recorded in 1975 under the name “Once I Had a Love”.

2/4- On this day in 1968, while working on “Across the Universe” at Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney decided the song needed falsetto harmonies. They invited two female fans, aged 16 and 17, in to sing and provide the harmonies.

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This Week in Music History (May 8th-May 14th)

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12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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