On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 - John Lennon will meet Paul McCartney for the first time at the Woolton Village Fete in Liverpool. They will be introduced to each other by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn. The then 16-year-old Lennon is there with his skiffle band The Quarrymen, who are performing on a flatbed truck in the church garden. McCartney (15 at the time) will attend the fete at the invitation of Vaughn. Following the band’s performance, Lennon and McCartney meet. During this meeting, McCartney will sing and play the Eddie Cochran song “Twenty Flight Rock” (along with several other songs). He’ll also show Lennon how to properly tune a guitar. Impressed with McCartney's musical skill, Lennon will ask him to join The Quarrymen a short time later and he will accept. The first meeting between two teenagers will mark the beginning of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships and the genesis of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history.
On this day in music history: July 6, 1964 - The Beatles first film, A Hard Day's Night, will have its world premiere at the Pavilion Theatre in London. With thousands of fans jamming Picadilly Circus in London, the premiere will be attended by the band, and members of the royal family including Princesss Maragret and her husband Lord Snowden. Filmed for a modest budget of $500,000, the 90-minute-long black & white film (originally released through United Artists) also stars Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, and Anna Quayle, and is a fictionalized "day in the life" account of The Beatles' lives. Written by screenwriter Alun Owen, produced by Walter Shenson, and directed by Richard Lester, the film will break new ground visually for its innovative camera techniques, jump cut editing style, and use of music throughout. Upon its release, it will be rapturously received by Beatles fans and critics alike, breaking box office records at the time. In June of 2014, the film will receive its first release in high definition when it is released on Blu-Ray disc by The Criterion Collection with it being fully restored from the original camera negative and fine grain interpositives. A Hard Day's Night will go on to become one of the most influential rock films of all time.
Born on this day: June 8, 1940 - Singer and actress Nancy Sinatra (born Nancy Sandra Sinatra in Jersey City, NJ). Happy 75th Birthday, Nancy!
On this day in music history: June 8, 1968 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on May 25, 1968. Written and produced byNickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it is the third R&B chart-topper for Marvin Gaye and the first for Tammi Terrell. The song will be the first chart hit produced by the husband and wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. Hired by Motown as staff songwriters the previous year, they have to lobby for the right to produce their own compositions, as Johnny Bristol had produced the first Gaye and Terrell album United. The basic track will be recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit on July 22, 1967 with The Funk Brothers, and further sessions for the vocals and strings taking place on August 8, September 29, and October 5 and 6 of 1967. Both Ashford & Simpson and Bristol will produce versions of "Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing," but Nick and Valerie's version will be the one that is unanimously chosen in Motown's Quality Control meeting when it is up for release consideration. Issued as the first single from the their second album, You're All I Need, on March 28, 1968, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" is the first of two chart-topping singles taken from the set, selling over a million copies in the US.
A long-lost cover by Kurt Cobain of the classic Beatles song "And I Love Her" will appear in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
The film will have its L.A. premiere this week at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are available now, but you can also scorefree tickets to the April 25 screening at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy by coming to Amoeba Hollywood starting on April 22 and asking at the Info Counter (one ticket per customer, available while supplies last). Read more about it here.
Morgen found the cover among the hundreds of hours of unheard Cobain tapes he was given access to by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, for the documentary, according to Rolling Stone. It's especially notable given than the late Nirvana frontman was wont to say that he loved the Beatles but hated Paul McCartney. ("And I Love Her" is a McCartney tune off their third album, A Hard Day's Night.) The film's score will include this song plus numerous others Morgen unearthed.
Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!
Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.
On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - McCartney, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney, is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue and Abbey Road Studios in London, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Paul McCartney will work on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up. He books studio time under an assumed name and also records at home on a Studer 4-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings will be done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine Though no singles are issued from it, the album will be very successful with the track "Maybe I'm Amazed" becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the album's UK release, advance copies of the album will be received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. McCartney will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Record Store Day 2015 is upon us, taking place Saturday, April 18. The list of limited edition releases coming out exclusively on Record Store Day is up now (download the full list here). While there’s tons of great stuff to choose from (while supplies last, of course), here are 12 highlights to look for.
Neko Case released her best album in 2006, a perfect distillation of her country-meets-indie-rock style, featuring the ethereal and confessional “Hold On, Hold On,” ’50s-style ballad “That Teenage Feeling” and Biblically inspired “John Saw That Number.” The long-out-of-print LP comes on red vinyl with a Record Store Day slipmat.