This Week in Music History (January 15th-21st)

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

1/15- On this day in 1961, The Supremes signed a recording contract with Motown Records. Originally known as The Primettes, the group became America’s most successful group with 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

1/16- On this day in 1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, which they mistakenly believed belonged to a drug trafficker. Neither Buffett nor U2 frontman Bono, who was also on the plan, was injured.

1/17- On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their first EP. It included “You Better Move On”, “Bye Bye Johnny”, “Poison Ivy”, and “Money”, and peaked at No. 15 on the UK chart.

1/18- On this day in 1965, The Beatles made their debut on the US charts when their single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” entered the chart at No. 45. It would go on to spend seven weeks on the chart’s top spot.

1/19- On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd’s The Wall began a 15-week run at No. 1 on the US album chart. The album, which went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone, is the third largest grossing album of all time in the US.

1/20- On this day in 1982, during an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, an audience member threw a bat onto the stage. Thinking the bat was fake, Osbourne picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. Only then did Ozzy realize that the bat was living, and he was rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.

1/21- On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of Bob Dylan’s famous song “All Along the Watchtower” at Olympic Studios in London, UK. The track was released as a single in the US, peaking at No. 20.

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Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

One of the best things about Murfie is most definitely the people who work here! Anyone who has ever wrote in to support or contacted us directly via e-mail will know that we have some real cool cats running this site.

We thought it would be great to share some info about our staffers, so that you can get to know us a bit more! Round one: Introducing—

TYLER STUBBE

7a56ea3c-cd60-11e2-9a4e-a77c4bda53ceWhere are you from? > Originally Cedar Falls, IA, but I have been in Madison, WI for the past 18 years.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > From the beginning! Hired Nov. 2010. I manage Murfie Operations and contribute to marketing, advertising and customer acquisition.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > Building an awesome product and service. It has been exciting seeing the company evolve to where it is now. Murfie provides an environment to learn something new every day. And, of course, the staff. I love coming to the office to work with such a creative, smart, and diverse group of coworkers. It really is a Murfie family.
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What kind of music can be found in your Murfie collection? > Oh boy, I have everything—some that I’ve purchased and love, and some that have been accumulated through the years that I’d prefer not to have ;) To name a few: Citizen Cope, Ratatat, Mumford & Sons, The Wallflowers, Jimmy Buffett, DMB, Bing Crosby, Allman Brothers, Kid Cudi, Miike Snow, The Killers.
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Who are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > Citizen Cope, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers.

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > How about a beer with Bruce Springsteen. He just seems like a guy who would be fun to drink a beer with!

Are you a Beyoncé fan? > I’m more of a Sasha Fierce fan…

What album are you really digging right now? > 5 actually…Night Visions by Imagine Dragons, Babel by Mumford & Sons, All the Little Lights by Passenger, The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and also Macklemore’s The Unplanned Mixtape.

photoimageDo you have any pets? > Yes! Chocolate and Black lab puppies, and 2 Red Eared Slider Turtles.

What is your favorite food? > Shrimp Alfredo pasta.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Golfing! I love playing golf and spending time on the course. I actually worked in the golf industry before joining Murfie.

Now you know some more about Tyler Stubbe, someone who does a lot for Murfie! You can follow him on Twitter via @t1uptyler. Stay tuned—you’ll get to know another Murfie staffer next week!

Music for Mother’s Day

Tomorrow marks the date when folks can celebrate the one who brought them into this world, or whoever they consider “Mama”! For this Mother’s Day 2013, we asked our Murfie staffers what music reminds them of their mother, and we got some great stories along with their picks!

200435-largeTales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
Tiffany: My mom has something like 700 vinyl records, so needless to say, I have a lot of memories of my mom and her long-abiding love of rock and roll. But, this one…when I was a little kid and couldn’t sleep, I would ask my mom to play the second side of this album, which is a musical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher.282907-large

Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
John: This album (on vinyl, of course) was the first gift my dad gave my mom when they first started dating.  She must have liked it (or my dad, I guess), because 25+ years later, they’re still together with three goofy kids.

6836-largeSpice – Spice Girls
Toni: This disc was on heavy rotation for me as a kid. The track “Mama” says it all.21613-large

Ultimate Manilow – Barry Manilow
Matt: An all-time favorite of my mom, I learned to recognize Manilow’s distinctive voice on her 8-tracks at a very early age. And, I still occasionally enjoy rocking out to “Copacabana”.

f2002ccc-a455-11e1-bda3-12313d2a0897“Mother” – Glenn Danzig
Jeff: No doubt Glenn Danzig has probably had a rocky relationship with his own Mom, as he was one of the original Goth/Punk/Metal kids, and probably kind of a pain as a teenager. But he has his hit 1988 song “Mother” to thank for being the household name he is today, and the brooding idol of anyone who’s ever gelled their hair into a single horn down the front of their face.MI0003312098

Organ Duets – Charles Harrison
Glynnis: Whenever I need any music that says “mom”, my go-to is organ music! My mom’s a professional organist, and I grew up playing among the pipes of church sanctuaries with my sister while my mother practiced. I can hardly hear any organ piece—particularly Bach—without thinking immediately of Mom.

63108-large“Walking After Midnight” – Patsy Cline
Emma: Every morning before school, my mom would pile us into the car and we would go for a drive. We lived in Alaska, so we’d usually drive to a scenic point overlooking Denali (Mount McKinley). Yeah, the view was pretty and all, but the most memorable part of these trips was the same mixed tape (recorded from NPR I’m pretty sure) of six classic Patsy Cline songs. Whenever “Walking After Midnight” came on, we’d all belt it at the top of our lungs.14021-large

Home for Christmas – Amy Grant
Steve: I can’t count how many times my mom listened to Amy Grant during Christmas!

72315-large“Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra
Pete: This song always makes me think of my mom (or mum as we say in England) as it reminds me of my wedding day. I danced with her to this at the reception. It was also my parents’ first visit to the USA, and they were always playing Frank around the house back in England when I was growing up.220-large

Songs You Know By Heart – Jimmy Buffett
Kayla: 
When I was a kid, my mom listened to this Jimmy Buffett album in our car all the time, and I made fun of her for it. Now that I’m older, Jimmy Buffett has totally grown on me, and I absolutely LOVE all his stuff! My mom and I even went to see him at Alpine Valley these past two summers, and we had so much fun :-)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend from Murfie!