Category Archives: Music

May 23 Music et al

May 23 Music et al

Theme from a Summer Place album

May 23 – 29, 1960: Theme from a Summer Place album again Billboard #1. Originally known as the "Molly and Johnny Theme", the piece is not the main title theme of the film, but a secondary love theme for the characters played by its stars Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue.

 

“Cathy’s Clown”

May 23 Music et al

May 23 – June 26, 1960: “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers #1 Billboard Hot 100. The musicians included the Everlys on guitars, Floyd Cramer on piano, Floyd Chance on bass and Buddy Harman on drums. The distinctive drum sound was achieved by recording the drums with a tape loop, making it sound as if there were two drummers

 

Our Man In Paris

May 23, 1963,  Dexter Gordon released Our Man In Paris album. The album's title refers to where the recording was made, Gordon (who had moved to Copenhagen a year earlier) teamed up with pianist Bud Powell and Kenny "Klook" Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. Powell, Clarke and Michelot had often played together under the name The Three Bossesin Paris since Powell moved there in 1959. (see All Music)

 
May 23 Music et al
1969 Festivals…
Ask someone about 1969 and music festivals, their first While many people know about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY and the next one, usually the only other one, is Altamont at the end of 1969.  Most people don't realize that there were many many other major festivals that summer each with the same bands that Woodstock had. I will list them as their anniversary comes up. Here are the first three.
see Aquarian Family Festival for more
May 23 – 24, 1969, Aquarian Family Festival, San Jose, CA. (on the San Jose State University football practice field)
see Northern California Folk-Rock Festival for more
May 23 – 25, 1969: Northern California Folk-Rock Festival (Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA)
see Big Rock Pow Wow for more
May 23 – 25, 1969: Big Rock Pow Wow (Seminole Indian Village, Hollywood, FL).

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May 21 Music et al

May 21 Music et al

The Mamas and the Papas

May 21 – May 27, 1966: The Mamas and the Papas If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is the Billboard #1 album. One of the album's songs is a cover of John Lennon's "I Call Your Name." (Wikipedia entry)

 
May 21 Music et al

see Jimi Hendrix for more

May 21 Music et al

May 21, 1967: Reprise Records signed Hendrix on the US Warner Brothers label. The label will eventually release his ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’ albums. (see June 4)
The Road to Bethel
May 21, 1969:  Woodstock Ventures signed The Band. ($15,000) (see May 27)

May 20 Music et al

May 20 Music et al

Bruce Rowland
Sunday 17 August 1969. Joe Cocker and the Grease Band. (photo by J Shelley)
May 20, 1944: Joe Cocker born.
Johnny Gentile and His Group

May 20 Music et al

May 20, 1960: the Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. They were never billed as The Silver Beetles on the tour; all posters gave the billing as "Johnny Gentle and his group". Paul McCartney later wrote:

Now we were truly professional, we could do something we had been toying with for a long time, which was to change our names to real showbiz names. I became Paul Ramon, which I thought was suitably exotic. I remember the Scottish girls saying, 'Is that his real name? That's great.' It's French, Ramon. Ra-mon, that's how you pronounce it. Stuart became Stuart de Staël after the painter. George became Carl Harrison after Carl Perkins (our big idol, who had written 'Blue Suede Shoes'). John was Long John. People have since said, 'Ah, John didn't change his name, that was very suave.' Let me tell you: he was Long John. There was none of that 'he didn't change his name': we all changed our names.

                So here we were, suddenly with the first of Larry's untempestuous acts and a tour of Scotland, when I should have been doing my GCE exams. A lot of my parents' hopes were going up the spout because I was off with these naughty boys who weren't doing GCEs at all.” (see June 11)


May 20 Music et al
Karlheinz Stockhausen
May 20, 1967: advanced copies of Sgt Pepper’s are sent to the B.B.C. radio service. It decides to ban "A Day In the Life" from broadcast because it contained drug inducement themes in the song. The song’s style was influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gesang der Jünglinge (see June 1)

 
“Groovin’”
May 20 – June 2, 1967: “Groovin’ ” by the Young Rascals #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 
The Road to Bethel
May 20, 1969: Michael Lang found separate office space at 513-A Avenue of the Americas in NYC so he can be away from the other organizers. (see May 21)
Let It Be
May 20, 1970: Let It Be movie released. (see June 13)

 

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