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: “Two Tone Stomp” & “Have To Change Keys To Play These Blues”

In the Fall of 1928, Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang were the two best and busiest studio guitarists in New York City. Lonnie Johnson… …was born Alfonzo Johnson in the Storyville section of New Orleans, Louisiana on February 8, 1894. … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Georgia Turner & The Rising Sun Blues (Yes, again.)

I love this story. In September of 1937, Alan Lomax and his wife, Elizabeth, took a song-collecting trip through the mountains of Kentucky. Alan had recently been appointed as the Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song of … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Crazy Blues”

From the opening notes of the introduction, “Crazy Blues” sounds like a Jazz record. But when Mamie Smith starts to sing, the music takes a turn. “I can’t sleep at night, I can’t eat a bite because the man I … Continue reading

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The Past Five Historic Days In Music

Day One. John Smith Hurt was born in Teoc, Mississippi, on July 3, 1893. He grew up to be the singer, finger-style guitarist, recording artist and performer know around the world as Mississippi John Hurt. Here is a recording that … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Capitol MAS-2653 (Mono LP), SMAS-2653 (Stereo LP)

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles was released in America on June 2, 1967. (It had been released in the United Kingdom the day before.) It was the thirteenth Beatles’ LP released in the United States. (#8 … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was born in Patterson, New York on this day, May 3, in the year 1919. Pete performed in public for the first time on Sunday, March 3, 1940 on the stage of the Forrest Theatre in New York … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Kansas City Five

On Friday, March 18, 1938, record producer John Hammond gathered five Jazz musicians in a New York City recording studio for a recording session. The musicians were: Buck Clayton, trumpet; Eddie Durham, trombone & electric guitar; Freddie Green, rhythm guitar; … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Nina Simone

The 4th Annual Boston Globe Jazz Festival was held the weekend of January 31 and February 1, 1969. The festival’s venue was the War Memorial Auditorium in the Prudential Center on Boylston Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. (Tickets were $5.50, … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Ivan Vaughan Changed The World

Here’s how. Ivan Vaughan was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. Ivan attended the Dovedale Primary School where one of his friends was an older boy named John Lennon. After primary school, Ivan went to the Liverpool Institute … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Sallie Gooden”

Two fiddlers performed together at the Old Confederate Soldiers’ Reunion in Richmond, Virginia during the third week of June, 1922. 34-year-old Texas fiddler Alexander Campbell “Eck” Robertson was one and 77-year-old Henry Clay Gilliland from Oklahoma (and a former Confederate soldier himself) … Continue reading

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