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November 16 Music et al

November 16 Music et al

LSD

Louis Lewin

In 1886 Louis Lewin, a German pharmacologist, published the first systematic study of the the cactus from which mescal buttons were obtained (his own name was subsequently given to the plant: Anhalonium lewinii).

The plant was new to science, but not to the Indians of Mexico and the American Southwest. It was (according to Aldous Huxley’s 1954 essay, The Doors of Perception), “a friend of immemorially long standing. Indeed, it was much more than a friend. In the words of one of the early Spanish visitors to the New World, “they eat a root which they call peyote, and which they venerate as though it were a deity.”

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Albert Hoffman

November 16 Music et al

November 16, 1938: Albert Hofmann, a chemist working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical in Basel, Switzerland, was the first to synthesize LSD-25. He discovered LSD, a semi-synthetic derivative of ergot alkaloids, while looking for a blood stimulant.

He set it aside for five years, until April 16, 1943, when he decided to take a second look at it. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally absorbed a small amount of the drug through his fingertips and discovered its powerful effects. (see April 16, 1943)

November 16 Music et al

Beatles Christmas Show sold out

November 16 Music et al
The Beatles dressed for a part of their Christmas Show

November 16, 1963: tickets for The Beatles’ Christmas Show sold out. CBS News bureau London – at the suggestion of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein – sent a news crew to the British seaside resort of Bournemouth where they film a Beatles concert, thousands of screaming fans, and a few Beatles’ comments on camera.  This film clip is later sent to New York. (see Nov 21)

“Deep Purple”

November 16 – 22, 1963: “Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. [In 1968 Richie Blackmore suggested the title as the name for his new band named after his grandmother’s favorite song.]


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Jimi Hendrix

November 16 – 29, 1968: Electric Ladyland the Billboard #1 album. (Rolling Stone review) (see June 20, 1969)

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John Lennon’s Mind Games

November 16 Music et al

November 16, 1973: US release of Lennon’s fourth album, Mind Games. I’ve posted this video before, but it’s so beautiful and worth watching again. Take a Central Park walk with John. (see Nov 24)

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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

 

November 16 Music et al

November 16, 1974: John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split. (see Nov 28)

Whatever gets you through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right
It’s your money or your life
It’s all right, it’s all right
Don’t need a sword to cut through’ flowers
Oh no, oh noWhatever gets you through your life
It’s all right, it’s all right
Do it wrong, or do it right
It’s all right, it’s all rightHold me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
I won’t do you no harm
Trust me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
Come on, listen to me, come on, listen, listenDon’t need a watch to waste your time

Oh no, oh noHold me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
I won’t do you no harm
Trust me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
Come on, listen to me; come on, listen, listenWhatever gets you to the light
It’s all right, it’s all right
Out of the blue, or out of sight
It’s all right, it’s all right
Don’t need a gun to blow you mind
Oh no, oh no
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Bob Dylan

November 16, 2016: the Nobel Academy said on its website that it had received a letter from Dylan explaining that due to “pre-existing commitments” he was unable to travel to Stockholm in December. “We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture, which he must give ― it is the only requirement ― within six months counting from December 10.” (see Dec 10)

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John Winston Ono Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon

October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980

“Here Today” by Paul McCartney (1982)

John said…

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

“Nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. It’s easy.”

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

“Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

“Keep you doped with religion, and sex, and T.V., And you think you’re so clever and classless and free, But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see.”

“Love is free, free is love. Love is living, living love. Love is needing to be loved”

“Woman Is the nigger of the world.”

“Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower you got to let it grow.”

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain”

“In the middle of the night, in the middle of the night i call your name. Oh Yoko, oh Yoko, my love will turn you on.”

“Here I stand head in hand, Turn my face to the wall. If she’s gone I can’t go on, Feeling two-foot small”

“And when I awoke I was alone, this bird had flown. So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, Norwegian wood?”

“Love is all and love is everyone. It is knowing, it is knowing…”


John Winston Ono Lennon

In My Life…In Our Lives

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them allBut of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you moreThough I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you moreIn my life I love you more
John Winston Ono Lennon

We miss you everyday, John

John Winston Ono Lennon
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Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

We typically think of the Rolling Stones relationship with the Beatles as being friendly, yet competitive.

Beatlemania bursts open

It was in 1963, the early blasts of Beatlemania beginning, that the Beatles recommended to Andrew Loog Oldham, their PR person, that he go listen to the Stones. Oldham “signed” them.  I use quotes because Oldham was actually too young at the time, 19, to legally do that and needed assistance. Another story for another time.

The Beatles and the Stones loved American music. Their early covers demonstrate that. The Beatles eventually began to compose their own music and their success inspired many bands, including the Stones, to follow suit.

The Beatles followed a path of innovation. Along with George Martin, John, Paul, George and Ringo’s albums each expanded the range of rock.

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

Rock v Pop

The Stones stuck with who brung them there: rock and roll. And they did it so well, they are still often referred to as the Greatest Rock and Roll Band.

When any artist is first testing their personal artistic chops, borrowing is often an option. We all stand on the shoulders of our fellow inspirations.

So did the Stones. They had released their first single, Chuck Berry’s “Come On” in June and mentioned to their friends the Beatles that another single had not yet happened.

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

Invitation

Mick invited his friends to their session at the DeLane Lea Studios in London. There, Paul and John finished up “I Wanna Be Your Man” in front of the Stones. Thoroughly impressing the band.

Paul McCartney was the primary composer of “I Wanna Be Your Man,” but like many McCartney compositions, John helped out along the way. (And visa versa, of course.)

And so the Stones made quick work of recording the song. Literally. It comes in at a scant (even for those times) 1:43.

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

UK Success

It was October 7, 1963. Decca UK released it on November 1. It peaked at #12 on the UK charts.

London released the single in the US on November 1 without any success. London used it was the B-side to the Not Fade Away single in March 1964.

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

Beatle inclusion

The Beatles themselves, of course, used the song themselves and included it on their second UK album, With the Beatles, in November.

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles

American fans did not hear the song until its inclusion on the first US Beatle album, Meet the Beatles! and we got to hear Ringo sing.  The Beatles gave us 14 seconds more!

Rolling Stones Sing Beatles
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