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Les Paul

Tweet Les Paul has died, aged 94. He suffered from complications associated with pneumonia. It is too easy when talking about music to use lots of superlatives which only leads to them being devalued. So, when I say that Les Paul was one of the true greats of popular music that is exactly what I […]

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On This Day – Pete’s Here, Where’s John?

Tweet On this day in 1967 Fleetwood Mac played their first gig, the 7th annual Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire, UK. The festival ran for 3 days and Mac shared the last day’s bill along with Cream, John Mayall, Chicken Shack, and Jeff beck among others. The festival was […]

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ON This Day – Lennon Apologises

Tweet On This day in 1966 Lennon apologized for saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, not that he did. The original quote was “Christianity will go, it will shrink and vanish – we’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” What he […]

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On This Day – Lennon Gets a Green Card

Tweet On this day in 1976 John Lennon got his green card that would allow him to settle in the USA after a long drawn out court battle. The background to this story lies in Lennon’s left wing activism and the US government’s paranoia. Lennon supported various left wing causes;  He was anti Vietnam War, […]

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On This Day – Bad Bad Leroy Brown Hits Number 1!

Tweet On this day in 1973 Jim Croce reached number 1 in the Billboard charts with Bad Bad Leroy Brown, 2 months later he died in a plane crash blamed on pilot error.  Born into an Italian family in South Philadelphia in 1943 he showed an interest in music from when he was 5 learning […]

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On This Day – Rolling Stones Riot!

Tweet On this day in 1964 The Rolling Stones played the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, UK and the show ended in a riot. In Response the council banned The Stones from ever playing there again. The Stones in 1964 was not the all conquering band that we all came to know and love a few […]

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On This day – James Brown Sentenced

Tweet On this day 1988 after being found guilty of various crimes including illegal gun possession (illegal gun possession I thought gun possession was mandatory in the States!), resisting arrest, and assault James Brown is sentenced to 6 years. He is also ordered to play a benefit concert for police and abused children. James Brown […]

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On This Day – Like A Rolling Stone

Tweet On this day in 1965 one of Dylan’s most iconic songs was released as a sing.  Like A Rolling Stone at 6 minutes long was considered too long and too ‘heavy’ to be a single and Columbia resisted releasing it.  It was only released after it had been leaked to a popular night club […]

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On This Day – Hell Hath No Fury.

Tweet On this day in 1966, The Philippine police pulled their security of the the Fab Four (those impish mop tops so beloved of my mother….) Their crime? They forgot to go and see Imelda Marcos’ collection of shoes. It would seem that when they arrives in the Philippines they were sent an invitation to […]

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On This Day – The Who Take US By Storm (not really)

Tweet 1967 and The Who start their first US tour, supporting Herman’s Hermits! It is hard to believe that Herman’s Hermits once rivaled the Beatles as the UK’s biggest band.  Child actor Peter Noone (ex Coronation Street) was the lead singer and they had several large (and remarkably dreadful) hit singles. In 1967 The Who […]

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