Further reading at Not Now Silly: The Beatles’ Last Concert On this day in 1964 The Beatles had the top 5 tunes on the ‘Merkin Billboard charts, an amazing feat for a ...
On this day in 1968 “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” rose to the top of the charts, making Otis Redding the first recording artist to have a posthumous ...
On this day in 1980, which just so happened to be his 47th birthday, Quincy Delight Jones is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Quincy Jones has ...
On this date 99 years ago the first Jass tune was made commercially available to the general public on Victor Records, 18255-A.  While bands had been playing the new Jass ...
It’s always been a curious thing. During the entirety of Elvis’ career, he only played overseas once and only performed in Canada only 3 times. Despite the proximity Colonel Tom ...
Kathy Hahn took this pic around the time I met Pete Townshend When I first started my writing career, some 40+ years ago, it was to write about the music industry. ...
On this day in 1963 The Beatles formed the music publishing company Northern Songs —  with Dick James owning 51% — which is how Michael Jackson eventually came to own ...
On this day in 1941 the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded the classic Billy Strayhorn tune “Take The ‘A’ Train.” It made the charts in July, and stayed there for 7 ...
Del Shannon in Swinging London, 1963 While, I don’t usually commemorate the death of celebrities, I will make an exception for Del Shannon, the first superstar that I ever met. He ...
Hey Jude clocked in at 7:11, one of the longest singles to reach #1 It was 67 years ago today — in 1949 — that RCA Records introduced the 45, also ...
It was 36 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to — OOPS! On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was kicked out of Japan for trying to smuggle ...
Forty-eight years ago today the blacklist of Eartha Kitt began. It was the day after her birthday in 1968 when Kitt was invited to a luncheon at the White House. While ...

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