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

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

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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#ThrowbackThursday (10/2/13)

It’s Thursday, so you know what means…it’s time to share some #ThrowbackThursday picks from Murfie! Is there anything you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments, or send us a tweet @murfiemusic with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday!

Puss/Oh, The Guilt
Jesus Lizard/Nirvana
Jeff: “In honor of the 20th anniversary of In Utero, this Nirvana/Jesus Lizard split filled the lonely gap between proper albums. ‘Puss’ is maybe the best Jesus Lizard song, likely the only recorded use of a cigarette lighter as percussion instrument on ‘Oh, the Guilt’. What can I even say about that cover?”

Killer on the Rampage
Eddy Grant
Tiffany: “For whatever reason, I loved the song ‘Electric Avenue’ when I was 8. I don’t like reggae now, so I have no idea why. But, I insisted that my mom buy me what became my first vinyl album.”

The Best of Blondie
Blondie
Noah: “At age 6 during long car rides, I used to sing along to ‘Call Me’ and ‘One Way or Another’ and pretend to be Debbie Harry. This album was probably more of a formative life influence than I give it credit for.”

1984
Van Halen
Jason: “Trolling the elementary school playground, Van Halen’s 1984 distortedly blasted out of a one-speaker Panasonic cassette boombox provided the perfect counterpoint to Quiet Riot’s Metal Health.”

Even Now
Barry Manilow
Matt: “Barry can belt it out with the best of ’em—that much was apparent, even on my mom’s eight track. ‘Copacabana’ is still a terrific dance track, whether off the original album or as part of the many remixes.”

Kayla: “This album was amazing to 13-year-old me, and is still amazing today. Tyson Ritter’s songs are mostly about heartbreak (but I love you, Tyson!). Definitely listen to ‘The Last Song’, it’s so rockin’.”
Leah: “This album is just so sing-along-worthy: from the ultra-cathartic ‘Say It Ain’t So’ to the melancholy ‘The World Has Turned and Left Me Here’ and the rollicking power chords of ‘My Name is Jonas,’ Weezer’s ‘blue album’ is an insanely catchy and fun throwback.”