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August 15 1969 Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York


On August 15th 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opened on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel. Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat … Continue reading

Aug 6 1942 Isaac Hayes born


On August 6th 1942, songwriter, musician and actor Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee, the second child of Isaac Hayes, Sr., and Eula Hayes. It’s a long way indeed from performing onstage at the Academy Awards to portraying a cartoon chef, but that’s the singular journey travelled by the late Isaac Hayes in a … Continue reading

August 1 1981 MTV launches


On August 1st 1981, MTV: Music Television went on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially … Continue reading

July 30 1966 The Troggs take their signature hit, “Wild Thing,” to #1


On July 30th 1966, “Wild Thing,” the three-chord masterpiece, became a #1 hit for The Troggs, and instantly took its rightful place in the rock-and-roll canon. If there is one song that has been played more times by more bands in more garages than any ever written, “Wild Thing” would probably warrant a mention as … Continue reading

July 13 1985 Live Aid concert


On July 13th 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organised to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more … Continue reading

July 9 1962 Bob Dylan records “Blowin’ In The Wind”


On July 9th 1962, Bob Dylan walked into a studio and recorded the song that would make him a star. A few weeks earlier, in the spring of his first full year in New York, he was onstage at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village, talking about a song he claims to have written in … Continue reading

July 6 1971 Louis Armstrong dies


On July 6th 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, died in New York City at the age of 69. A world-renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, he pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as swing. Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4th 1901 in New Orleans, … Continue reading

June 26 1975 Sonny and Cher’s divorce becomes final


On June 26th 1975, after 13 years together as a couple and six years of marriage—the last three for the cameras—Sonny and Cher were legally divorced. With a string of pop hits in the mid-1960s that began with the career-defining “I Got You Babe” (1965), Sonny and Cher Bono established themselves as the most prominent … Continue reading

June 21 1965 Mr Tambourine Man released, folk-rock revolution begins


On June 21st 1965, the Byrds‘ debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man, marked the beginning of the folk-rock revolution. In just a few months, the Byrds had become a household name, with a #1 single and a smash-hit album that married the ringing guitars and backbeat of the British Invasion with the harmonies and lyrical depth … Continue reading

June 19 1971 Carole King has her first #1 hit as a performer


On June 19th 1971, Carole King earned her first #1 single as a performer with the double-sided hit “It’s Too Late/I Feel The Earth Move.” Carole King began her career in music as a young newlywed and college graduate, working a 9-to-5 shift alongside her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, in Don Kirshner’s songwriting factory, Aldon Music. … Continue reading

April 10 1970 The Beatles Breakup Announced


On April 10th 1970, in an ambiguous self-interview by Paul McCartney, the international media correctly interpreted that the Beatles had broken up. During the “interview, in which McCartney was both questioner and interviewee, he asked himself the question “Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?” His response to his … Continue reading

April 6 1974 ABBA Wins Eurovision Contest


On April 6th 1974, in Brighton, England, at the 19th Eurovision Song Contest, the tiny nation of Luxembourg was devastated when it failed to secure a third consecutive win at the pan-European musical event. The judges did the rest of the world a favour, however, by selecting the Swedish entry as the winner instead. The … Continue reading

April 1 1984 Marvin Gaye Killed By Father


On April 1st 1984, the day before his 45th birthday, soul singer Marvin Gaye’s life came to a tragic end, when he was shot and killed by his own father after a violent physical fight. At the peak of his career, Marvin Gaye was the Prince of Motown; the soulful voice behind hits as wide-ranging … Continue reading

March 24 1958 Elvis Presley Inducted Into Army


On March 24th 1958, after several deferments, Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was finally inducted into the United States Army. In effect, he started the day as the King, but ended it as a lowly army private. After turning 18 on January 8, 1953, he fulfilled his patriotic duty and legal … Continue reading

Fiction Family by Fiction Family (2009)


Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have set out to restore dude love’s lost notoriety with Fiction Family. The resultant self-titled record has plenty of charm despite lacking any “super band” qualities. Those who became enamored with Foreman’s folky acoustic solo project will eat Fiction Family right up. The record isn’t … Continue reading

21st Century Breakdown by Green Day


Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown won’t land in stores until May, but it’s worth waiting for this revival of political punk. Here’s a sneak peek at what Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt have been cooking up with legendary producer Butch Vig at the same California studio they recorded the Grammy-winning American Idiot, … Continue reading

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