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

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

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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What’s on Murfie: Tributes to the Beatles

The often-imitated, never-duplicated Paul, John, George and Ringo hold an unmatched place in our hearts and our music collections. Who didn’t grow up with “Yellow Submarine” and “Hey Jude” in the background? Only Paul and Ringo are still around these days, but the Fab Four remain musical icons and the face of an era. It’s no wonder that artists across the globe continue to pay tribute to their legendary tunes. We searched Murfie for four Beatles tribute albums and found these: they may span genres and time periods, but they keep their love of those guys from Liverpool at the forefront.

2159-largeA Tower Records Tribute to the Beatles
1996

There’s nothing quite like having some of music’s biggest stars cover music’s ultimate stars. Famed record company Tower Records released this 10-track collection in 1996, featuring covers of some of The Beatles’ greatest hits. Some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians pay their tribute, including Ike & Tina Turner on “Get Back” and The Beach Boys with “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. Doing the Fab Four justice is a tall order, but these Tower Records stars give their classic tracks a twist that’s certainly worth a listen.

129850-largeTropical Tribute to the Beatles
1996

This album features an international interpretation of some of The Beatles’ most famous tracks using Latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, mambo and bolero. Some of Latin music’s biggest names, like Celia Cruz and Manny Manuel, take on 13 of the most famous Beatles songs, including “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Come Together”, “Let it Be” and “Hey Jude”. If you’re looking for something that closely resembles the original, this is definitely not the album for you. But if you’re open to a rhythm-heavy, genre-bending international take on some of the greatest songs of all time? This album and its dance-hall ready sounds are a great choice.

MI0000874100Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band
2009

Reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars have stepped in to provide their 13-track, dub-heavy tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, arguably one of The Beatles’ most influential and best-loved albums. This tribute is truly easy listening, featuring knockout performances by guest stars the likes of Matisyahu.  It’s groovy without being overly produced or ambitious—the perfect reggae interpretation of one of the best-loved albums of all time. Don’t miss “Within Without You”, featuring Matisyahu, or  Ranking Roger’s “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”.

08e09b5c-11a7-11e2-bd3a-1231381369e0Pickin’ on the Beatles
1995

This tribute is part of the Pickin’ On Series, which features some of rock’s greatest albums with a bluegrass and country style. This album is no different, with 12 of The Beatles’ most famous tracks gone country. Songs like “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Yellow Submarine” quickly convinced me that these songs are quite a stretch from the originals. This interpretation of The Beatles, with its fiddles, banjos and mandolins, is certainly different, and I would only recommend it for die-hard bluegrass fans.