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Music History Monday: January 26

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 26, 2015 10:17am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: January 26, 1955 - Virtuoso rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk Van Halen in Nijmegen, The Netherlands). Happy 60th birthday, Eddie!
 


On this day in music history: January 26, 1970Bridge Over Troubled Water, the fifth studio album by Simon & Garfunkel, is released. Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Roy Halee, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in Los Angeles and New York City from November 1968 - November 1969. After a triumphant year in 1968 with the back to back successes of the soundtrack forThe Graduate and their fourth album Bookends, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will begin work on what will be their final studio album in the Fall of 1968. Progress on the album will be slow at first with Simon having little new material written at the outset. Then work will be further hampered when Garfunkel leaves the sessions to work on his first film, director Mike Nichols’ Catch-22, spending eight months on location in Mexico. In the interim period, Simon will write the rest of the songs and recording will resume in the Fall of 1969. The ambitious breadth of material will push the boundaries of what the duo has done previously, and though the sessions are productive, there will also be tension between the old friends as relations between the two begin to break down. The two will argue over what is to be the twelfth track on the album. Simon prefers a song he’s written called “Cuba Si, Nixon No,” while Garfunkel favors a Bach chorale-influenced song called “Feuilles-O.” When they cannot resolve the argument, the album will be released with 11 tracks instead of 12. When Bridge is finally completed, it is released to near universal acclaim from both fans and critics alike. At the time of its release, it will be one of the biggest selling albums in the history of Columbia Records. It will spin off four singles including “The Boxer” (#7 Pop), “Cecilia” (#4 Pop), "El Condor Pasa" (#18 Pop), and the epic title track (#1 Pop). The album will also sweep the Grammy Awards in 1971, winning six including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year. In March of 2011, Sony will release a 40th anniversary edition of the album which also includes two DVD's featuring the long unseen Songs Of America TV special (which previewed songs from the album before its release), and a documentary titled The Harmony Game. Bridge Over Troubled Water will spend ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: November 24

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 24, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 24, 1966 - The Beatles will begin recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" at Abbey Road Studios in London. After a three month vacation, the band will return to the studio to begin work on the follow up to "Revolver." The first song recorded is a new composition of John Lennon's titled "Strawberry Fields Forever." Lennon will write the song in Almeria, Spain while filming How I Won The War with director Richard Lester in the early Fall of 1966. One take of the song will be recorded that evening, though it'll change dramatically and grow more complex over the month that it takes to complete the track. The song will mark the beginning of a new era in the band's creativity that will change the face of popular music yet again. The song is named for a Salvation Army orphanage around the corner from Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool where he would attend garden parties in the summer. Once in the studio, the song will evolve from a gentle, sparsely arranged ballad to a heavily scored piece with horns and strings complimenting the basic track. The finished version of the song will consist of two separate versions. Lennon will like the first half of the first remake and the second half of another. He will suggest to producer George Martin that the two be edited together, which at first seems to not be possible since they are recorded in different keys and tempos. Martin will discover that by increasing the speed of one and slowing down the other recording, that they will match. Originally intended to be part of the band's next album (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), "Strawberry Fields Forever" will instead be issued as one half of a double A-sided single in February 1967 (w/ "Penny Lane"). It will peak at #2 on the UK singles chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
 

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Music History Monday: July 7

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 7, 2014 09:16am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: July 7, 1940 - Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, UK). Happy 74th Birthday, Ringo!
 


On this day in music history: July 7, 1962 - "The Stripper" by David Rose And His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by David Rose, it is the biggest hit for the British-born bandleader and composer. In 1958, Rose will write music for a television series called Burlesque (starring Dan Dailey and Joan Blondell). Recorded during the last ten minutes of a recording session, the song will go unreleased as the rest of the tracks recorded are more string oriented and the brassy instrumental seems out of place. Four years later, Rose will record a version of the pop standard "Ebb Tide" to promote the Paul Newman film Sweet Bird Of Youth. Without any time to record a B-side, "The Stripper" is pulled out of the vault and issued as the single's flipside. A DJ in Los Angeles named Robert Q. Lewis will discover the obscure track and will play it over and over for 45 minutes on his show. The stunt will make the record a hit locally in L.A., eventually spreading to the rest of the country. Entering the Hot 100 at #90 on May 12, 1962, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Rose will go on to write the music for the long-running TV series Little House On The Prairie and Highway To Heaven. "The Stripper" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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At Noon Today in Hollywood Ringo Starr Celebrates "Peace And Love" and his 74th Birthday

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2014 07:07am | Post a Comment
For Ringo Starr's annual "Peace and Love" themed birthday celebration (something he's been doing each for the past seven years when every July 7th at noon he invites everybody everywhere to put their fingers up in a peace sign and go, ‘Peace and love’) the surviving Beatle, born July 7th 1940, has chosen LA as the place to celebrate his 74th birthday today. Today at noon, within walking distance from Amoeba Hollywood where he celebrated the publication of his Photograph book back in October, in front of the Capitol Records building where inside the  main entrance of the landmark Hollywood building the walls are lined with Beatles gold and platinum records, Ringo invites everyone everywhere round the world (locally and globally) to join him at noon, their local time in the annual Peace & Love celebration and throw up the peace sign. According to his website those in LA should be over at the Capital Records building (1750 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028) by noon today. It doesn't say when the event ends but am guessing will be approx half an hour. If you attend, a fun thing to do afterwards might be to go check out the 50 year celebration screening of The Beatles 1964 movie classic A Hard Day's Night - playing at such theaters as the Laemmie Playhouse.

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Ringo Starr's Signed 'Photograph' Book On Sale at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, December 12, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

ringo starr photograph book cover amoebaUPDATE DEC 26, 2013: The Ringo: Photograph book is sold out.

Ringo Starr’s limited-edition, signed book, Photograph, is at Amoeba Hollywood in VERY limited quantities now (only two available in-store) or for online purchase on Amoeba.com. Online orders will ship directly from the publisher with estimated arrival time of February 2014. It’s priced at $600, and each one is signed by Ringo and numbered. (Please note: Photograph book does not qualify for our Super Saturday store sale on December 14th due to its limited nature)

We were pleased to help Genesis Publications launch the book in Hollywood at a special event with Ringo. Below is a great recap of the event, written by Amoeba’s Greg Griffith:

“Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go,

But all I’ve got is a photograph and I realize you’re not coming back anymore…”

These are the lyrics to the 1973 song, “Photograph” which was co-authored by Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Not only is the tune itself one of Ringo’s most memorable and enduring as a solo artist, who could have guessed that 40 years later we would get to see, in person, the faces and places that were lamented in the song. 

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