Monthly Archives: February 2012

“The sooner it ends the better” (record execs’ lament of the Beatles’ invasion of America)

The headline for the Feb. 29, 1964, edition of Billboard (The International Music-Record Newsweekly) was:  Beatles Business Booms But Blessings Mixed. On the left column of the front page was an article about the band grossing more than $17 million … Continue reading

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Gonna go to the place that’s the best (Norman Greenbaum in 1970)

Psychedelic – psyche (the human soul or spirit) + dēlos (to manifest or make evident) meaning soul-manifesting. Psychedelic music definitely speaks to my soul, and one of the all-time great psychedelic pop songs in rock ‘n’ roll history was written … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times — Petula Clark (1966)

On Feb. 27, 1966, British singing-sensation Petula Clark introduced “A Sign of the Times” on the CBS Television Network’s  The Ed Sullivan Show. The song would enter the Billboard Hot 100 in March and go to #11. The song also … Continue reading

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I’m the innocent bystander … somehow I got stuck (Warren Zevon in 1978)

On Feb. 25, 1978, Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy debuted on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart at #89. The album would go to #8. This was Warren Zevon’s second album (if you don’t count the 1970 LP, Wanted Dead … Continue reading

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I gotta be cool, relax, get hip … until I’m ready (ready, Freddie) — Queen, 1980

On Feb. 23, 1980, Queen had their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” It would remain at #1 for four weeks (and would also go to #1 in Australia, Canada, Mexico and … Continue reading

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She talks kinda lazy and people say she’s crazy and her life’s a mystery (Edison Lighthouse, 1970)

On February 21, 1970, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by Edison Lighthouse entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #68. It would go to #5 on the US singles chart and become a #1 hit in the UK (five weeks … Continue reading

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Sail away, away…ripples never come back (Genesis in 1976)

On Feb. 20, 1976, Genesis released their A Trick of the Tail album in the US. It was the band’s seventh LP, and their first recording following the departure of Peter Gabriel. After a search for a new lead singer, … Continue reading

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