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Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

On December 10, 1966 the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations” was Billboard's Hot 100 #1 single. Capital Records had released the single on October 10. That may seem like a long time for such a great song to reach #1, but it wasn't nearly as long as it took for Brian Wilson to make the song.  According to Rolling Stone magazine, "It took six months and cost $16,000 to make, with several distinct sections and such exotic instruments as Jew's harp, sleigh bells, harpsichord, and theremin."
He had started it on February 17, 1966 of that year while creating his masterpiece Pet Sounds album. At the time of its release, Billboard magazine wrote: Penned by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, group has a sure-fire hit in this off-beat and intriguing rhythm number. Should hit hard and fast.
Beach Boys Good Vibratons
cover for Good Vibrations single
A film showing some of the ongoing recording of the Beach Boys Good Vibrations.

Read more from Rolling Stone magazine, which ranks Beach Boys Good Vibrations as the fifth best single of all time >>> Rolling Stone article
Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Brian Wilson producing Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

"Good Vibrations" was intended to be part of the "Smile" album, but  Wilson, suffering from depression, stopped work on the it in May 1967. A New York Times article began about that album began: "I'm writing a teen-age symphony to God," Brian Wilson announced to a magazine writer some months ago. At the time, an album lay half-completed on spools of black acetate. The rest existed only in spurts of rhythm and harmony in Brian Wilson's head.  (NYT article)
The song ended up on a makeshift version of the original Smile, called Smiley Smile.  According to Phillip Lambert's book, Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson said that compared to what Smile would have been Smiley Smile was  "a bunt instead of a grand slam."
Sometimes you get Beach Boys Good Vibrations.
Sometimes you don't get Beach Boys Good Vibrations.
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October 4 Peace Love Activism

October 4 Peace Love Activism

Feminism & Matilda Josyln Gage

October 4, 1850: Gage [24 years old] signed petition stating that she would face a 6-month prison term and a $2,000 fine rather than obey the Fugitive Slave Law. (F, see June 21, 1851; Gage, see September 1852)

Emma Goldman

October 4 - 16,1893: Goldman was tried and found guilty of inciting to riot. She was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary on Blackwell's Island in New York's East River. (see May 11, 1894)

Calvin Graham

October 4, 1944: Graham wrote to the Chief of Naval Personnel requesting a discharge certificate. Each of Graham’s requests was denied upon the basis that his enlistment was void and therefore canceled. Also that month, Graham’s claim for arrears of pay and mustering-out pay was presented to the General Accounting Office. (full story see Calvin Graham)

Space Race

Sputnik 1
October 4, 1957: the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into earth orbit. The first man-made satellite passes overhead, making one revolution every 90 minutes. (see Oct 5)

October 4, 1959, Space Race: the Soviet Luna 3 flew  around the moon, taking the first photographs of the far side of the moon. Two more Soviet launches the following year will not achieve proper flight paths. Information about them will be suppressed. (article) (see April 13, 1960) 

FREE SPEECH

Lenny Bruce

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October 4, 1961: police arrested comedian Lenny Bruce  at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco on obscenity charges for saying the word “cocksucker.” Bruce was a pioneer in aggressive, politically oriented stand-up comedy, using humor to attack racism, sexual prudery, and religious hypocrisy in American life. Today’s tradition of boundary-breaking stand-up comedy, with respect to language, sex, politics, race, and religion, originated with Lenny Bruce.

Many observers then and now argue that Bruce’s arrests, including those in Chicago and New York City, were prompted not by dirty words but by his comedy routines that made fun of the Catholic Church, which offended local politicians and police. For his New York City arrest, see November 4, 1964. For that arrest, he was pardoned by New York Governer Pataki 39 years later on December 23, 2003. (see June 25, 1963)
Nazi march
October 4, 1976: Frank Collin, leader of a band of Nazi sympathizers from Chicago's South side, sends a letter to Daniel D. Brown, Director of Parks and Recreation, Skokie Park District, requesting that his group be permitted to march in Skokie's "Birch Park" on November 6, 1976. (see Oct 25)

The Cold War

Yankees v Reds

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October 4 – 9, 1961: World Series: NY Yankees vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Yankees won in five games to earn their 19th championship in 39 seasons. This World Series was surrounded by Cold War political puns pitting the "Reds" against the "Yanks".  (see Oct 6)
Yankees v Giants
October 4 – 16, 1962: World Series matched the defending World Series champions NY  Yankees against the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees took the Series in seven games for the 20th championship in team history.
Cardinals v Red Sox
October 4 – 12, 1967: World Series: St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox in a rematch of the 1946 World Series, with the Cardinals winning in seven games.

October 4 Music et al

Beatles Ready Set Go
October 4, 1963: appear on BBC’s Ready, Set, Go. Dusty Springfield does intros and asked fan questions. (see Oct 13) 

Good Vibrations

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October 4, 1966,  after over six months of recording and production work, the Beach Boys (actually Brian Wilson) released "Good Vibrations." (NPR story) (see December 10 – 16)

see Gold Rush Festival for more

October 4, 1969, Gold Rush Festival (Lake Amador, CA): 40,000 people attended.
Janis Joplin

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October 4, 1970 – Janis Joplin, age 27, died. (27 Club) (Woodstock video)

INDEPENDENCE DAY

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October 4, 1966: Lesotho independent from United Kingdom. (see Nov 30)

WAR POWERS ACT

October 4, 1973: Joint conference committee irons out differences between House and Senate War Powers Act bills. (NYT article) (see Oct 10)

Watergate Scandal

October 4, 1974: the trial of Watergate conspirators HR Haldeman, John Erlichman, John Mitchell, Robert Mardian, and Kenneth Parkinson began, Judge John Sirica presiding. (see Dec 19)
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TERRORISM

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October 4, 2002: “Shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, pled guilty to all eight counts. (NYT article) (see Nov 4) 

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