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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 – 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 – Reverend Richard Perriman Speaks Out!

Tweet On this day in 1979 the Reverend Richard Perriman spoke out about the evils of rock ‘n’ roll. He told his congregation that redemption is possible. He said “If God can save an old homosexual like me he can save anyone.” The Reverend Richard Perriman is better known as Little Richard. Share on Facebook

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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 – Spencer Davis Group Split

Tweet On this day in 1969 The Spencer Davis Group announced through its management that it was splitting up. Their first single was ‘Dimples’ a cover of John Lee Hooker’s classic.  Unfortunately for them it was released at about the time of John Lee’s original in the UK and overshadowed by it. They are best […]

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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 – Bobby Fuller, Murdered?

Tweet On This day in 1966 Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car in Hollywood. He had committed suicide according to the police. The cause of death was inhalation of petrol fumes. In order to kill himself he had drenched himself in petrol and stuffed a petrol soaked rag in his mouth. Before that […]

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On This Day – Stones Bombed!

Tweet During he Exile on Main Street tour There was the usual madness, Forged tickets, riots, ticket-less fans trying to get in to venues (2000 in Detroit), drug arrests, the band being unable to book hotel rooms to their standard in Chicago (OK they did decamp to Hugh Hefner’s place, which ain’t too shabby a […]

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