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May 30 Music et al

May 30 Music et al

The Kingston Trio

May 30 Music et al

May 30 – July 31, 1960: The Kingston Trio’s Sold Out album returned to the Billboard #1 spot after a one week absence.

May 30 Music et al

 Love Me Do

May 30 Music et al

May 30 – June 5, 1964: from Beatles Bible site:

Eighteen months after it was released in the United Kingdom, The Beatles’ single Love Me Do/PS I Love You was issued in America.

The single was released on the short-lived Tollie label, with the serial number 9008. Tollie was a subsidiary to Vee-Jay, which had the rights to a number of early Beatles songs initially rejected by Capitol Records.

On 30 May 1964 the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining there for just one week before being displaced by Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups. (see July 27)

May 30 Music et al

1969 Festival #6

May 30 Music et al

May 30 – 31, 1969: The MC5 (“Motor City 5”) were the “big” name and their song “Kick Out the Jams” typified their far left in-your-face pre-punk sound. Under the “management” of John Sinclair. Sinclair was the founder of the White Panthers and was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1969 after giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer. Sinclair was infamously referred to by Abbie Hoffman at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair that August during the Who set. Pete Townshend was not happy about it.

See First Annual Detroit Rock & Roll Revival for much more.

May 30 Music et al

Living In the Material World

May 30, 1973: George Harrison released “Living In the Material World” album (in the US), his fourth solo release and second since the Beatles’ breakup.

Stephen Holden wrote in Rolling Stone: At last it’s here, beautifully-packaged with symbolic hand-print covers and the dedication, “All Glories to Sri Krsna.” Even if Living in the Material World were as trivial and regressive as McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway, there would be many who would dub it a pop classic. Happily, the album is not just a commercial event, it is the most concise, universally conceived work by a former Beatle since John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. (see June 27)

May 30 Music et al
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May 29 Music et al

May 29 Music et al

White Christmas in May

May 29 Music et al

May 29, 1942: Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. (see February 16, 1948)

May 29 Music et al

Ricky Nelson

May 29 Music et al

May 29 – June 4, 1961, “Travelin’ Man” by Ricky Nelson #1 Billboard Hot 100.

May 29 Music et al

Beach Boys

May 29 Music et al

May 29 – June 11, 1965 – “Help Me Ronda” by Beach Boys #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. (see February 17, 1966)

From Song Facts:  “This was the first Beach Boys single where their guitarist Al Jardine sang lead. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Wilson explained to Goldmine in 2011: “We did two versions of ‘Help Me Rhonda.’ We did one with the ukulele and we did one with guitars. We chose to use the guitar version. I heard myself singing lead on it originally and then I turned it over to Al. I produced the Beach Boys so I decided who would sing lead. I just had a sixth sense about who should sing what songs. Some of the songs I wrote specifically for Mike, Al and Carl to sing.”

May 29 Music et al

Crosby, Stills, & Nash

May 29 Music et al

May 29, 1969: Crosby, Stills, & Nash released first album.  (David Crosby age 28; Stephen Stills age 24; Graham Nash, age 27)

It is always interesting to read contemporary reviews for an album now considered an incomparable classic. Rolling Stone critic Barry Franklin called Crosby, Stills & Nash “an eminently playable record” and “especially satisfying work”, finding the songwriting and vocal harmonies particularly exceptional.

I guess that’s mostly high praise.

On the other hand, Robert Christgau of the The Village Voice: “I have written elsewhere that this album is perfect, but that is not necessarily a compliment. Only Crosby’s vocal on ‘Long Time Gone’ saves it from a special castrati award.” Yikes! (see “In August“)

May 29 Music et al
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May 28 Music et al

May 28 Music et al

Herbie Hancock

May 28 Music et al

May 28, 1962: Herbie Hancock recorded Takin’ Off  album at Van Gelder Studios. From All Music:“Takin’ Off is among Hancock’s most conventional albums, it shows a young stylist already strikingly mature for his age, and one who can interpret established forms with spirit and imagination. Case in point: the simple, catchy “Watermelon Man,” which became a Hancock signature tune and a jazz standard in the wake of a hit cover by Latin jazz star Mongo Santamaria.”

May 28 Music et al

LSD

May 28, 1963: Andrew Weil and Josephy Russin wrote a scathing critique in the Harvard Crimson of Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert’s. Part of the article read: Far from exercising the caution that characterizes the published statements of most scientists, Leary and Alpert, in their papers and speeches, have been given to making the kind of pronouncement about their work that one associates with quacks. They also wrote: “The shoddiness of their work as scientists is the result less of incompetence than of a conscious rejection of scientific ways of looking at things. Leary and Alpert fancy themselves ‘prophets’ of a psychic revolution designed to free Western man from the limitations of consciousness as we know it.” (see also 1973 article) (see September)

May 28 Music et al

When A Man Loves a Woman

May 28 – June 10, 1966: “When A Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 28 Music et al

What Now My Love

May 28 – July 22, 1966: Herb Albert’s What Now My Love  is the Billboard #1 album.

May 28 Music et al

The Road to Bethel

May 28, 1969: Mel Lawrence presented first “checklist” for the festival’s execution. Incredible String Band and Ravi Shankar signed. $4,500 each. Also at this time (late May) newspapers began to display the first print advertisements for the festival. (see June 2)

May 28 Music et al
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