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: Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson – the singer, guitarist & songwriter who became known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” – was born in Maud, Oklahoma on this day, October 20, in 1937. In 1956, 19-year-old Wanda signed with Capitol Records and soon saw … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Chuck Berry

This songbook has been in my music library for many years. Fred Sokolow’s excellent note-for-note transcriptions of 17 Chuck Berry classics have repeatedly proven themselves to be invaluable to me as a guitarist and as a teacher. The Michael Ochs Archives … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)”

On September 13, 1947, Aaron “T-Bone” Walker went to work in the recording studios of Black & White Records in Hollywood, CA. With a five-piece band behind him, the Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter recorded the song that would become his biggest hit. … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Led Zeppelin – August 21, 1969

My friend Tom had his driver’s license and a car. Somehow we’d gotten two tickets. Led Zeppelin, our favorite band, was playing at the Carousel Theater in Framingham, Massachusetts and we were going to be there! Also, I’d just purchased … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Tommy Gallant (Take 2)

I’ve been getting together with some old friends and colleagues lately; catching up, reminiscing. Got me thinking about… “Bonjour,” he’d say, with a little chuckle and a smile. Tommy Gallant always brought a smile. “Bonjour,” as I remember it, was the punch … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Like A Rolling Stone”

Bob Dylan started recording songs for his sixth album on Tuesday, June 15, 1965. The session was held in Columbia Records’ Studio A, located at 799 Seventh Avenue in New York City. Tom Wilson was the producer and the band … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Wes Montgomery – Take 2

I bought my first Wes Montgomery album when I was in high school. The purchase was made in Boston, Massachusetts, at one of the two music stores that used to stand on the block of Boylston Street in between Tremont … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Atlantic Records SD 8216

I wish I could tell you that I remember when I first heard them, but I can’t. I do remember that in 1969, starting in the middle of my sophomore year of high school, I was crazy about the new … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Elizabeth Cotten – Take 4

“Take 4?!” That’s correct. Elizabeth Nevills Cotten was born on January 5, 1893, in Carrboro (right next to Chapel Hill), North Carolina. And the story of how little Elizabeth grew up to become a guitarist, singer, songwriter, performer and Grammy-award … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: November 27, 1936, The Gunter Hotel, Rm.414, San Antonio, Texas – Take 2

On Friday, November 27, 1936, Robert Johnson, a 25-year-old Blues musician from Mississippi, had his third recording session for ARC Records. The location of these sessions was The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The ARC recording crew of A & … Continue reading

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