This Week in Music History (April 18th-24th)

 

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

37466-large4/18– “Miss Peaches”, the amazing vocalist Etta James, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this Day in 2003. Her voice was sublime and her work spanned just about every genre imaginable. Truly a deserving tribute to an incredible lady!

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4/19– On this day in 2010, we sadly lost the gifted Keith Elam—better known as the producer and rapper Guru. Guru was a founding member of Gang Starr and truly came into his own as a solo artist with his Jazzmatazz series, mixing hip-hop and jazz heavies. We miss you, Guru.

35372-large4/20– In 1968, the band Deep Purple performed their debut concert in none other than Tastrup, Denmark.

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4/21– Making history in 1999, Brooks & Dunn debuted their video “South of Santa Fe”. It was the first time a country music video had hit both the TV and the internet simultaneously. Congrats, gents!

185926-large4/22Saturday Night Live has given us many amazing talents over the years, but perhaps none so bright as The Blues Brothers. It was on this date in 1978 that John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as the troubled ‘brothers’ singin’ their hearts and souls out like it was nobody’s business.

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4/23Harry Belafonte had a vision, and on this day in 1985 it was released upon the planet. We are the World captured hearts and minds around the globe, and it ultimately raised over $60M for humanitarian aid in both Africa and the US.

MI00000041084/24– While checking into the ultra-luxe Imperial Hotel in Vienna Austria in 2007, President George W. Bush was denied a luxury suite because Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on tour, had already booked the place up. I guess those Austrians have some music-respectful means of judging priority: while at that point W had been president for just over six years, Mick had been on top of the heap for well over 40!

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

 

The story continues, and Henry’s tradition lives on! Learn up and boogie down!

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4/11– Setting up a bittersweet moment on this day in 1994, Nirvana‘s final studio album In Utero was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, while on the same day a Seattle, WA coroner ruled that lead singer Kurt Kobain’s death was officially a suicide.

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4/12- Making history on this day in 1999, Shania Twain became the only female artist in music history to sell over 10M units with back to back albums: The Woman in Me (1995) and Come on Over (1997).

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4/13Willie Nelson is always stirring up some sort of trouble! On this auspicious day in 2005, Willie had his attorney send Texas state senator Gonzalo Barrientos a (presumably polite) letter declining to have a toll road named after himself. A toll road? Nelson told the Austin America-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’s be too great a thing.”

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4/14– Whether Chuck D and crew knew it at the time, they were making history in 1988 when Public Enemy‘s second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, hit the streets hard, loud and unapologetic.

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4/15– Sir Elton John is often and lovingly out in front of charitable efforts. On this day in 2006, he’d “cleaned out his closet”  and raised nearly $1M for his AIDS foundation by selling over ten thousand articles of clothing at the “Elton’s Closet” sale in New York. Not sure we can conceive how BIG that closet must have been ;-).

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4/16– Avant-grade jazz musician Ornette Coleman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music on this day in 2007 for his album Sound Grammar, which was the first work of jazz to receive the Pulitzer honor.

39874-large4/17– The iconic Johnny Cash performed at the White House on this day in 1970 at the invitation for President Richard M. Nixon. Following the performance, the president and first lady spent hours with Johnny and his wife, June Carter, touring the White House and enjoying each others company immensely – with nary a mention of politics.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Would You Pay for Higher Quality Audio? [POLL]

Confession. I read this article (on evolver.fm) that asks “Would You Pay $20/Year for High Quality YouTube Sound?” and was inspired to do a similar but different poll.

My poll is less specific. I ask but one thing of you, only one… Yes or no: are you willing to spend more money to get higher quality audio? When it comes to music, “high quality” generally means audio compressed in a lossless format like FLAC or ALAC. The cool thing about lossless compression is that it perfectly preserves the fidelity of the original audio data.

Side note, here at Murfie, we offer the two biggies in lossless formats FLAC and ALAC for music downloads.