This Week in Music History (May 7th-13th)

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The Mamas and the Papas5/7- On this day in 1966, The Mamas and the Papas began a three-week run atop the US singles chart with “Monday Monday”. The group won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for this song.

The Beatles - Past Masters5/8- On this day in 1964, The Beatles began a 14-week run on top of the US singles chart. The reign was a result of three back-to-back No. 1 hits, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (on top for seven weeks), “She Loves You” (on top for two weeks), and “Can’t Buy Me Love” (on top for five weeks).

Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly5/9- On this day in 1964, Louis Armstrong hit No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Hello, Dolly”, making him, at 62, the oldest artist to ever hit No. 1. This record was broken in 2011, when Tony Bennett topped the charts at 85 with his album Duets II.

12646-large5/10– On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded the first version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at Chess Studios in Chicago. Although the original track featured Brian Jones on harmonica, a re-recording completed two days later in Hollywood contained a different beat.

365913-large5/11- On this day in 1981, Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley died at age 36 after melanoma spread to his lungs and brain. His birthday, February 6th, was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate him, and his compilation album, Legend, became the best-selling reggae album of all time.

46-large5/12- On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin began a three-week run at No. 1 on the US album chart with Houses of the Holythe band’s fifth album. The group’s third No. 1 album, it went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart.

12921-large5/13- On this day in 1970, the world premiere of The Beatles‘ film “Let it Be” took place in New York City. The film, a documentary about the band’s experiences recording and rehearsing songs for the album Let it Be, features a rooftop performance by the Fab Four.

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Ally Boutelle
@arboutelle

Ally is a communications intern at Murfie, blogging about all things music. When she’s not typing away, she cooks spicy food, does hot yoga, and reads weird history books. She’s also a college student double majoring in history and journalism.


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 (January 22nd-28th)

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1/22- On this day in 1959, alone in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly recorded his last songs. The recordings included “Peggy Sue Got Married”, “Learning the Game” and “That Makes it Tough”, among others, which were later released by Coral Records.

1/23- On this day in 1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No. 1 hit when his single “My Sweet Lord” reached the top of the UK single charts. The track stayed at No. 1 for five weeks.

1/24- On this day in 1969, New Jersey state prosecutors issued a warning to US record sellers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they sold the John Lennon and Yoko Ono LP “Two Virgins”, which showed the pair fully nude.

1/25- On this day in 1986, Albert Grossman, a manager who managed acts including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Peter, Paul and Mary, died of a heart attack. Grossman founded Bearsville Records in 1970.

1/26- On this day in 2003, Justin Timberlake burst out of boy band fame and onto the solo scene when his debut solo album “Justified” went to No. 1. The album went on to spend over a year on the charts.

1/27- On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley’s single “Heartbreak Hotel” was released by RCA Records. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and eventually sold over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record.

1/28- On this day in 2008, Madonna was listed as the world’s richest female musician. Forbes.com estimated that the 49-year-old singer made $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.

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

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1/8- On this day in 196, The Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were barred from the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru. The rockers were asked to leave the exclusive hotel after hotel staff spotted them wearing op art pants and noting else. When they refused to change, the two were kicked out.

1/9- On this day in 1976, Queen shot to the top of the UK singles chart with “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The single, which enjoyed a nine-week run on the British chart and sold more than a million copies in a month, would go on to become the UK’s third best selling single of all time.

1/10- On this day in 1964, the first US Beatles album, Introducing…the Beatleswas released on Vee-Jay records.The album, featuring a photo of the Fab Four with their famous “mop top” haircuts, sold over 1.3 million copies that year.

1/11- On this day in 1964, Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire became the first country album to hit No. 1 on the US album chart. Although Cash released dozens of albums during his career, the album remains among his most famous of all time.

1/12– On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin‘s self-titled debut album was released in the United Kingdom. The album, which was recorded in London, took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete. It spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.

1/13- On this day in 1969, Elvis Presley began the first day of a 10-day recording session that would result in his final US No. 1 record, Suspicious Minds. The session took place at American Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee–the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since 1956.

1/14- On this day in 1967, over 25,000 people attended the Human Be-In event at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The concert was a forerunner of many of today’s major outdoor concerts, and featured artists like The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

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This Week in Music History (December 19th-25th)

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12/19- On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley was served his draft notice for the United States Army. Presley would go on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion Third Armor Corps, based in Germany.

12/20- On this day in 1967, folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison. The singer had been arrested during an anti-war demonstration protesting the Vietnam War.

12/21- On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen’s famous Born in the USA passed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, becoming the second longest-lasting LP on the US Billboard Top 10. The Boss’s LP stayed atop the charts for 79 weeks.

12/22- On this day in 1981, at a rock and roll memorabilia auction in London, Beatles memorabilia was auctioned off to fans. A suit John Lennon wore onstage sold for £2,300, a letter from Paul McCartney sold for £2,200 and a sculpture of John and Yoko Ono sold for £4200.

12/23- On this day in 1977, English singer and songwriter Cat Stevens formally changed his name to Yusef Islam. Islam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

12/24- On this day in 1965, The Beatles had the number one album in the US for the third Christmas season in a row. The Fab Four’s Rubber Soul topped the LP charts in 1965, after Beatles for Sale and With the Beatles the two previous years.

12/25- On this day in 1954, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas” was on the Billboard Pop Chart for the eleventh time. The song has sold over 100 million copies around the world.

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This Week in Music History (November 13th-19th)

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11/13- On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones’ single “Little Red Rooster” was released by Decca Records. The single, which had previously been recorded by Sam Cooke, was a No.1 hit in the UK—the only time a blues song has ever topped the UK pop chart.

11/14- On this day in 1960, Ray Charles shot to No.1 on the United States singles chart with his track “Georgia on My Mind”. The song became the first of three No.1 hits for Charles.

11/15- On this day in 1966, The Doors signed with Elektra Records in a deal to produce seven albums. The band agreed to release “Break on Through” as its first single, but was forced to edit the lyrics to secure radio play.

11/16- On this day in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went No.1 on the US album chart with Electric Ladyland. The album included popular tracks like “Crosstown Traffic” and “All Along the Watchtower”.

11/17- On this day in 1973, The Who’s famous double album Quadrophenia peaked at No.2 on the UK album charts. Along with 1969’s Tommy, Quadrophenia was one of two full-scale rock operas released by the band.

11/18- On this day in 1978, Billy Joel rose to No.1 on the US album chart with 52nd Street, his sixth studio album. It was Joel’s first album to top the Billboard charts and would go on to earn him two Grammys. On October 1, 1982, the album became the first to be commercially released on compact disc by Sony Music Entertainment.

11/19- On this day in 1955, Carl Perkins recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The classic track became a No.2 hit on the US charts for Perkins in 1956, and went on to be covered by artists like Elvis Presley.

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This Week in Music History (November 6th-12th)

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11/06- On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud” began a two-week run at the top of the US singles chart. The track was the group’s second No. 1 single to date, knocking The Beatles’ “Yesterday” from the top spot.

11/07- On this day in 1987, Bruce Springsteen shot to No.1 on the US album chart with Tunnel of Love. The album, The Boss’s eighth, went triple platinum, and the single “Brilliant Disguise” became one of his most popular tracks.

11/08- On this day in 2008, long-standing rockers AC/DC began a two-week run at No. 1 on the US album charts with Black Ice. The album, which was the band’s 15th, became the second-best selling album of the year.

11/09- On this day in 1958, Elvis Presley’s hit single “Hound Dog” passed three million copies sold in the US, becoming only the third single of all time to do so. Before “Hound Dog”, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” hit the mark.

11/10- On this day in 1958, soul singer Sam Cooke was severely injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas that killed the car’s driver. Cooke is known for his major hits like “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

11/11- On this day in 1969, Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer, accompanied by actor Tom Baker, had been drinking and harassing stewardesses. Both were released after spending a night in jail.

11/12- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols released their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The album, which was met with a wave of controversy in the UK upon its release, went on to become the group’s only No. 1 UK album.

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