Category Archives: On This Day In Music History

These are posts celebrating anniversaries of significant events in music history under my original (or so I thought) title.

These Historic Days In Music: Bringing It All Back Home

Three days in January, fifty years ago. On Wednesday, January 13, 1965, Bob Dylan entered Columbia Records’ Studio A in New York City to begin recording songs for his fifth album. Joining him in the studio that day was producer … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The End, Officially

On this day, April 10, in 1970, a British newspaper, the Evening Standard,¬†published an interview with Paul McCartney conducted by journalist Peter Brown. The piece contained this exchange. Peter Brown: “Have you (The Beatles) any plans for live appearances?” Paul … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: John Lennon

George Martin, the Beatles’ record producer, is quoted many times in the magnificent and massive volume called The Beatles Anthology. (“Here for the first time in print, is the history of The Beatles – by The Beatles.”) Here’s one, from … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: John Lennon

The room where I teach is high ceilinged, so there is plenty of room for the large, framed¬†picture of the Beatles that hangs on the wall over the blackboard. The picture is actually a print of a black & white … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: ???

Greetings, Readers. It’s quiz time again! What Rock trio featuring an American singer/guitarist, a British drummer and a British guitarist-turned-bass-guitarist/singer was formed on this day, October 6, in 1966, in London, England? Click on “leave a comment” below to post … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Gillian Welch

Today is Gillian Welch’s birthday. Born in New York City, October 2, 1967, she grew up in Los Angeles, CA, thanks to her adoptive parents, Ken and Mitzie Welch. Thanks to an elementary school music teacher, she heard the music … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Bruce Springsteen

Today is Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. He was born on September 23, 1949 in Freehold, NJ, the first child and only son of Douglas and Adele Springsteen. At the age of 13, he bought his first guitar at a pawnshop for … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: “Rising Sun Blues” Again

In 1937, Georgia Turner was 16 years old, a “thin, pretty, yellow-headed miner’s daughter,” living in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Around her neighborhood, Georgia was known for her singing and, more specifically, for singing a song about a house in New Orleans … Continue reading

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Summer’s Over (“Call It Stormy Monday”)

Even when the first day of Fall is many days away, for a teacher (like me), once the new school year has started and you’re back to work, that’s it: Summer’s over. So, how appropriate that today, my first day … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: A Triple Header

As my father would say: “Age before beauty.” On September 11, 1847, the song “Oh! Susanna,” by Stephen Foster, was given its first public performance. It happened in Pittsburgh, PA, at The Eagle Ice Cream Saloon. The performers were a … Continue reading

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