Category Archives: Music et al

September 26 Music et al

September 26 Music et al

Connie Francis

September 26 – October 9, 1960: “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own” by Connie Francis #1 Billboard Hot 100

September 26 Music et al

Kingston Trio

September 26 – October 30, 1960: the Kingston Trio’s String Along is their 3rd Billboard #1 album in 1960.

Bob Dylan

September 26 Music et al

September 26, 1961: Dylan started as opening act for the Greenbriar Boys. He stayed two weeks. (see Sept 29)

Oh Pretty Woman

September 26 – October 16, 1964: “Oh Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.

AND! Roy Orbison performs “Oh, Pretty Woman” as the finale of the Black & White Night Concert. Backed by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Tom Waits, kd lang, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles, and Jennifer Warnes.  Recorded September 30, 1987. [KRXB story]

September 26 Music et al

Brian Epstein

September 26, 1966: Brian Epstein hospitalized in a London clinic. The official given reason was that it was a check-up, although it later transpired that he had overdosed on prescribed drugs. Epstein had been suffering from depression and anxiety for some time, a condition exacerbated by his use of drugs – both prescribed and illegal. His anxiety had heightened following The Beatles decision to stop touring, which left Epstein with less involvement in their careers. Each member was undertaking individual projects in the late summer of 1966 and he had intended to join John Lennon in Spain on the set of How I Won The War.

However, as a result of the hospitalization, he was forced to cancel his visit to Spain. Although Epstein is known to have made later suicide attempts, it is believed that this overdose was accidental. (see Oct 3)

September 26 Music et al

Abbey Road

September 26, 1969: UK release of Abbey Road album. Though recorded after material for the Let It Be lp had already been recorded, it is released before Let It Be.

  • Label: Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
  • Recorded: 22 February – 20 August 1969, EMI, Olympic and Trident Studios, London. [Rolling Stone review] (see Oct 1)
September 26 Music et al

Walls and Bridges

September 26, 1974, The Beatles post break-up: US release of Walls and Bridges, the fifth album by John Lennon (released on 4 October in the UK)  Written, recorded and released during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono (June 1973–January 1975), the album captures Lennon in the midst of his “Lost Weekend”. Walls and Bridges was an American Billboard number 1 album. [1974 Rolling Stone review] (see Nov 28)

September 26 Music et al

Tash Sultana Already Does

Tash Sultana Already Does

Tash Sultana Already Does

Tash Sultana Already Does

One of the most common comments I hear 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.

  1. 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.

2. On a simpler level, the answer is that “They” already make music like that, but are we are willing to set aside those personal landmarks for a moment?

Tash Sultana Already

Tiny Desk Concerts

NPR’s Tiny Desk series is a gold mine of new music. Host Bob Boilen [retired from NPR on October 2, 2023] described 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.

Tash Sultana Already Does

Gold in the Cloud

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.

Tash Sultana Already Does

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! As of April 2019?  Nearly 40 million views!!! 

Tash Sultana Already Does

Vein of gold

Tash Sultana Already Does

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 $1.25 billion using Bandcamp, and $194 million in the last year


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?

Because Tash Sultana does already. And she continues to have an energetic tour schedule to put it mildly!

She has released lots of music, her most recent being her Sugar EP in 2023.

Tash Sultana Already Does

April 3 Music et al

April 3 Music et al


Allen Ginsberg

April 3 Music et al

April 3, 1955: the  American Civil Liberties Union announced it would defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges. 

A few weeks earlier, U.S. Customs Department had seized 520 copies of the book arriving from England and arrested its publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti after undercover cops purchased “Howl” at his bookstore. (see Oct 7)

April 3 Music et al

Elvis Presley

Milton Berle Show

April 3 Music et al

April 3, 1956: Elvis Presley performed on “The Milton Berle Show.” The show was broadcast live from the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. Elvis played the songs “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Money, Honey,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” An estimated 25% of the American population tuned in to hear him. (see Apr 4)

April 3 Music et al


“Blue Moon”

From songfacts.comRichard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart began writing Blue Moon for the 1933 movie musical Hollywood Party, but it was cut from the film.

The following year, it was used in Manhattan Melodrama – starring Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy – where it was performed by Shirley Ross in a nightclub scene. The song was originally called “The Bad in Every Man,” befitting the story of Gable’s kind-hearted criminal, but was rejected by MGM until it was re-worked as “Blue Moon.”

Blue Moon” by the Marcels  was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from  April 3 – 23, 1961,

John Lennon

April 3, 1973: John Lennon  appealed the order to leave the United States by May 21 and sought to show that the Justice Department’s legal arguments in the action against him had made it “not just a John-and-Yoko case” but one where “many cases hinge on the outcome.”

Lennon’s fight to stay in the country will eventually lead to Preident Obama’s Deferred Action Policy.  [2016 NPR story] (see “in May”)