Category Archives: Music

April 18 Music et al

April 18 Music et al

Tommy Shannon

April 18, 1946: Tommy Shannon born. Bassist best known for his work with Johnny Winter.

The Beatles

Dell Shannon

April 18 Music et al

April 18, 1963: The Beatles performed at a rock show at the Royal Albert Hall in London broadcast live by the BBC. 

The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured among others, American singer Del Shannon.  They performed twice - at 8.40pm and again at 10pm. 

April 18 Music et al

Following the event, Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time.(Beatles, see May 5; Shannon, see June, 1963)

1965 Oscars

The Sound of Music
April 18, 1966: 1965 Oscars held. Bob Hope hosts. Best picture: The Sound of Music (1964) which had surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the number one box office hit of all time.

The Road to Bethel
Wallkill approval
April 18, 1969: the Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals gave permission for the festival in the area known as Scotchtown. (See April 19)
Tim Hardin

April 18 Music et al

April 18, 1969: Tim Hardin signed to perform. $2,000. (see April 21)

April 18 Music et al

The Beatles

John Lennon
April 18, 1975: John Lennon performed in front of a live audience for the last time when he appeared on 'Salute To Sir Lew Grade', performing 'Slippin And Slidin', and 'Imagine'. During ‘Imagine’ he ad libs “Imagine no immigration...” because of the recent reversal of his deportation case.

From Ultimate Rock site: "Everything finally seemed to be coming together for John Lennon, as he took the stage for what would sadly become his last public performance on April 18, 1975.

Wife Yoko Ono had become pregnant following their post-Lost Weekend reunion, earlier in 1975; Sean Lennon would be born on John’s 35th birthday that October. By then, a New York State Supreme Court judge had reversed Lennon’s pending deportation order, allowing him to remain in the U.S. He’d finally concluded a long-standing legal action over songwriting royalties with his publisher too, and that’s what brought Lennon to the New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The occasion was a gala all-star special, organized for television broadcast, called A Salute to Sir Lew Grade: The Master Showman."


April 16 Music et al

April 16 Music et al

Bob Dylan

April 16 Music et al

April 16, 1962: Dylan debuted his song "Blowin' in the Wind" at Gerde's Folk City in New York.

April 16 Music et al

Broadside magazine published the song for the first time in May 1962 in its sixth issue.  In June 1962, Sing Out published the song. In comments there, Dylan cryptically explained:
There ain’t too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind. It ain’t in no book or movie or TV show or discussion group. Man, it’s in the wind — and it’s blowing in the wind. Too many of these hip people are telling me where the answer is but oh I won’t believe that. I still say it’s in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some … But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know … and then it flies away. I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many … You people over 21, you’re older and smarter.
Columbia Records released the song as a single and on Dylan's first album, Bob Dylan, in 1963, but it was Peter, Paul and Mary's cover that made the song a hit. The single sold a phenomenal 300,000 copies in the first week of release and made the song world-famous. On August 17, 1963, it reached number two on Billboard, with sales exceeding one million copies. .(see Apr 25)

Rolling Stones

April 16 Music et al

April 16, 1964: Decca Records released the Rolling Stones début album, The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) in the UK. The slightly different US release came on May 30 on London Records. Only one of the songs was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ("Tell Me (You're Coming Back") Nanker Phelge wrote two: Now I've Got a Witness and Little By Little. Phelge was a name invented by the band for a band composition.
Side one:

  1. Route 66
  2. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  3. Honest I Do
  4. I Need You Baby
  5. Now I’ve Got a Witness”
  6. Little By Little
Side two:

  1. I’m a King Bee
  2. Carol
  3. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)
  4. Can I Get a Witness
  5. You Can Make It If You Try
  6. Walking the Dog

April 16 Music et al
Herb Albert

April 16 Music et al

April 16 – May 20, 1966: Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass's Going Places album returned to the Billboard #1 album. It was Albert's fifth album.  The song "Spanish Flea" was often heard on the TV show The Dating Game.

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How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

One of the comments I hear most often while volunteering at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is "How come they don't make music like that anymore?"

"That" being music like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or some other dead band or musician of the 1960s.

I have two answers to that question. On a deeper level, we first experience music at a time and place in our lives that connects those musicians to us in a unique way. Since we can never experience that music again in the same way, it holds a landmark place in our personal history and life view.

As I say, that's the deeper level answer.

On a simpler level, the answer is that "They" do still make music like that, if we are willing to set aside those personal landmarks for a moment."

How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

Tiny Desk Concerts

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana


NPR's Tiny Desk series is a gold mine of new music. Host Bob Boilen describes the show as one with "intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered...."

All Songs Considered is the key phrase. If we are searching for golden music, we must be willing to put in the time to pan through a lot of grit, get uncomfortable, and have patience.

Gold there is, though, in them there sound clouds.

Tiny Desk featured Sultana on April 7, 2017. I was simply surfing the show's many offerings, but I stayed with her a bit to watch her build the song "Jungle."

Here is the link to Sultana's mesmerizing 25 minute 37 second Tiny Desk performance 

It wasn't the first time that I've seen a single  musician use modern electronics to build sounds into a song. For some, such construction is cheating. The sounds are not "real." Songs need several musicians, not one. To me, that thinking is weak since any electric music is manipulated sound. And acoustic musicians use all kinds of techniques to change acoustics.

Five days one million

In 2016, Sultana posted this video of herself performing/creating "Jungle" in her living room. It fools you because it looks like there is far too much music to come from just one person. 

One cute part of the video is when her mom sticks her head around the hallway corner at 2:23. 

In its first five days on YouTube, the video had one million views!

Vein of gold

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana associates with the musicians' site  We don't listen to music on the radio anymore. We stream music and Bandcamp is a streaming site. 

Its difference is that it is also a platform for artist promotion,  particularly independent artists.  Artists can post their music for free and we can listen for free. 

The idea is that if you like what you hear you can buy the music.  The idea apparently works since the site recently posted the following: "Fans have paid artists $211 million using Bandcamp, and $5.3 million in the last 30 days alone."

Bandcamp describes Sultana as "...a roots reggae/folk inspired singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Victoria. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the mere age of three, the self taught artist was only destined to expand over the coming years."

For me, it answers the question...

How Come They Don’t?

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

They do. Patience. Open our ears and hear. Open our eyes and look. Reach out our hands and feel.

Janis and Jimi built on the foundation of others before them and created their own beautiful interpretations .  Tash is doing the same and it is great.

Oh yea. By the way. Tash was born in on June 18, 1995. You do the math.

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