Music History Monday: July 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 6, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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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.

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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.

10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment

10 albums you should hear before going to coachella

Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

ac/dc back in black lpThe album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).


Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

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Music History Monday: March 9

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 9, 2015 11:12am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 9, 1948 - Singer, songwriter and former lead singer of L.T.D., Jeffrey Osborne (born Jeffrey Linton Osborne in Providence, RI). Happy 67th Birthday, Jeffrey!

On this day in music history: March 9, 1959 - "Venus" by Frankie Avalon hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also peaking at #10 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Ed Marshall, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia singer and actor born Francis Thomas Avallone. Frankie will first become involved with music at the age of 11 when his father buys him a trumpet from a pawn shop after seeing actor Kirk Douglas in the film Young Man With A Horn. The young Avallone will quickly master the instrument and begins playing professionally while still in his teens, even signing a recording contract to RCA subsidiary X Records in 1954 as a member of the band Rocco & The Saints. In 1957, Avallone's neighbor Bob Marcucci will start his own label Chancellor Records and sign Avallone. Angelicizing his name to Frankie Avalon, he will record two singles for Chancellor that will flop. For his third single, Marcucci and songwriter/co-producer Peter DeAngelis will write "Dede Dinah," having Avalon sing it in a nasally voice. It will quickly become a hit peaking at #7 in February of 1958, after he performs the song on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. For his sixth single, Avalon will record a song brought to him by songwriter Ed Marshall. Sure that it is a hit, the singer will call Marcucci over quickly to hear it. Three days later, they will record "Venus" at Beltone Studios in New York City in only nine takes. Released in late January of 1959, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on February 9, 1959, it will rocket to the top of the chart four weeks later. "Venus" will establish Frankie Avalon as one of the preeminent "teen idols" of the era, which will lead to a successful career in movies when he is paired with former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello during the '60s. Avalon's label boss Bob Marcucci's life story and the success he has with artists like Frankie Avalon and labelmate Fabian will become the basis of the 1980 film The Idolmaker. "Venus" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music History Monday: March 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 2, 2015 10:48am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 2, 1950 - Singer and musician Karen Carpenter (born Karen Anne Carpenter in New Haven, CT). Happy Birthday to this pop vocal icon on what would have been her 65th Birthday.

On this day in music history: March 2, 1964 - The Beatles will begin work on their first film, A Hard Day's Night, with director Richard Lester at Marylebone Station in London (not Paddington Station as it is often misquoted). Produced by Walter Shenson and released through United Artists Pictures, the film is a semi-fictionalized day in the life of the band written by Alun Owen. Budgeted at a modest £200,000 ($500,000 by today's U.S. currency), the film is shot in black and white, and will break new ground in film-making with its innovative cinematography, editing, and use of music. During the six weeks of filming, other location shooting will take place in at Thornbury Playing Fields in Isleworth, Middlesex ("Can't Buy Me Love" sequence); Scala Theatre in Camden (theater performance scenes); West Ealing, London ("Ringo dropping his coat on puddles for a lady to step on" sequence); and the interiors are shot at Twickenham Studios in London. It will be a huge success, grossing over $6 million at the box office in its original theatrical run.

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Coachella 2015 Lineup Announced; AC/DC, Jack White, Drake Headline

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

The lineup for Coachella 2015 has been announced, and there are some surprises in there.

First up, we've got AC/DC headlining day one (Friday April 10 and 17). (Day one gets even more "dad rock" when you notice that Steely Dan is also playing.) Jack White headlines day two (April 11 and 18) and Drake is on top day three (April 12 and 19). 

Other highlights include a recently reunited Ride and Drive Like Jehu. See the whole lineup below, and check out some Amoeba videos from the artists playing the show.

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Lykke Li - Live at Amoeba Hollywood, Aug. 25, 2008

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