Category Archives: This Historic Day In Music

These are posts celebrating anniversaries of significant events in music history under my carefully considered replacement title for “On This Day In Music History.”

This Historic Day In Music: Buddy Holly

If asked, I could easily put together a list of my ten favorite Buddy Holly songs. In no particular order… “That’ll Be The Day” “Not Fade Away” “Oh Boy!” “Everyday” “Word Of Love” “Peggy Sue” “Maybe Baby” “Well…All Right” “It’s … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Last Hard Day’s Night

The Day: Monday, August 29, 1966 The Location: San Francisco, California, USA The Venue: Candlestick Park (Opened: 1960, Demolished: 2015) The Event: A Beatles’ Concert     The Significance: The Beatles’ Final Public Performance  Members of The Beatles: George Harrison … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Carter Family

In the evening, on August 1, 1927, The Carter Family – Alvin Pleasant Carter, his wife Sara Dougherty Carter and Sara’s younger cousin, Maybelle Addington Carter – made their first recordings. The recording session took place in a make-shift recording … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter – Take 3

In early June, 1933, Texas-based Folk song collector John Lomax and his 18-year-old son Alan drove out of Dallas on a mission. They were going on “the first major trip in the United States to capture black folk music in … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Woody Guthrie – Take 4

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name “Woody Guthrie?” I’m guessing that it’s not “children’s songs.” (I would really like to know your answer to that question!) Well, Woody Guthrie was a dad. He … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Blowin’ In The Wind” – Take 2

This blog has two mottos. “Good music doesn’t get old.” – Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe “All valuable stories need to be told over and over again.” – Bruce Springsteen Therefore, this post. Also, quite sadly, this song is … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Richard Starkey

Richard Starkey was born on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He was the only child of Richard and Elsie (Gleave) Starkey. Richard was thirteen years old when he contracted pleurisy and then developed tuberculosis. He was hospitalized for well … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Sweetheart Land” & “It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame” – Take 2

82 years ago. On March 1, 1938, singer/guitarist Big Bill Broonzy and singer/pianist Curtis Jones entered the NBC studios in Chicago, Illinois. Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958) was a popular Chicago-based Blues musician and prolific recording artist who’d cut his first … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Sweet Baby James

In February of 1970, I was a high school student, a drummer and a passionate Led Zeppelin fan. (Led Zeppelin II had come out in October 1969!!) Come the Fall, I was in my senior year, teaching myself how to play … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Merle Travis

I first learned about Merle Travis in the September 1976 issue of Guitar Player magazine. GP editor Jim Crockett began his introduction to Bob Baxter’s cover-story article/interview with Mr. Travis with this statement: “Countless guitarists, particularly in the country music … Continue reading

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