Monthly Archives: August 2011

I want to rock your gypsy soul (Happy birthday, Van Morrison)

Happy birthday, George Ivan Morrison!! Van Morrison was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Aug. 31, 1945. He started playing guitar at age 11, and by 14 was learning saxophone and reading music. His father had an extensive record collection … Continue reading

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Bring me a “Higher Love” — Winwood’s #1 Grammy Award winner

On Aug. 30, 1986, Steve Winwood had the top song in the US with “Higher Love,” from his Back in the High Life CD. Winwood is a songwriter and musician – the vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, etc. who played … Continue reading

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“War?” What is it good for? (apparently a Grammy)

In keeping with the recent theme of protest songs, “War” by Edwin Starr is one of the more popular ones. On Aug. 29,1970, “War” became the top tune on Billboard‘s Top 100 singles chart, and remained #1 for three weeks. … Continue reading

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Peter, Paul and Mary at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Forty-eight years ago (Aug. 28, 1963), more than 200,000 people took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a rally for civil and economic rights, culminated by the “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin … Continue reading

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The immortal Lester Young (happy birthday!)

On Aug. 27, 1909,  Lester Young was born in Woodville, Miss. He is one of America’s jazz greats, a non-conformist saxophonist who, by the1950s, became the player every young tenor was trying to imitate. He started on alto sax at … Continue reading

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Out … in (The Beatles on “Top of the Pops” – 1968)

On Aug. 26, 1968, Apple Corps released five single records, including The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” It was the first Beatles’ single to bear the Apple design and would become their biggest hit. The song wouldn’t enter the US charts until … Continue reading

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My, my, my, aye, yi , woo …

Nine weeks after it was released, The Knack’s “My Sharona” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 25, 1979. The infectious pop tune stayed #1 for the next six weeks (only to be toppled by Robert John’s … Continue reading

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“Be My Baby”

The Ronettes, a 1960s girl group from NYC, had their only Top Ten hit the week of Aug. 24, 1963, with their first released single produced by Phil Spector, “Be My Baby.” TRIVIA: The song also features the first recording … Continue reading

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Iran and Queen

On Aug. 23, 2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive official state approval in Iran, where Western music is strictly censored. Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was proud of his Iranian ancestry. Queen was one of Britain’s … Continue reading

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