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How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? (The Beatles in ’67)

On May 11, 1967, The Beatles recorded “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” in 12 takes at Olympic Sound Studios in London. It was the group’s first song that was not recorded and mixed at Abbey Road. The song was added … Continue reading

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“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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It’s the next best thing to be … (“Free As a Bird” — The Beatles in 1995)

On Dec. 30, 1995, The Beatles’ “Free As a Bird” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10. It would peak at #6 the following week. The single was released to promote The Beatles Anthology documentary and Anthology 1, the … Continue reading

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The Magical Mystical Tour is hoping to take you away (The Beatles & the BBC in 1967)

On Dec. 26, 1967, BBC Television broadcast the Beatles’ movie Magical Mystery Tour. Because BBC1 was not yet broadcasting in “colour,” the film was shown in black and white. The British press severely criticized the production – so much that … Continue reading

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“I can remember … ” — David Bowie, “Heroes” (1977)

October 14, 1977, was the release date for David Bowie’s Heroes album. It was his second collaboration with Brian Eno — Low had been released earlier in January. Both albums were recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin, located alongside … Continue reading

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Oct. 9: The birthdate for John Lennon, John Entwistle and Jackson Browne

It’s hard to imagine John Lennon being 71 years old …but I wish we’d had a chance to see it. John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool on Oct. 9, 1940. Thirty-five years later on this day (1975), Sean Taro … Continue reading

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” … attracts me like no other lover …” (something from George Harrison in 1969)

In 1969, five days after the release of their album “Abbey Road” in the US, The Beatles released George Harrison’s “Something” as a single in the US on Oct. 6 (it would be released in the UK at the end … Continue reading

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Bully for you, chilly for me (Fame, fame, fame) – Bowie, 1975

While living in NYC in 1974, David Bowie met John Lennon and the two had elaborate conversations and jammed together musically. In January, 1975, Bowie invited Lennon to a recording session in Greenwich Village with his tour band. Bowie had … Continue reading

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Yes we’re going to a party, party (The Beatles)

It’s said “Birthday” from The Beatles’ White Album began as a jam session in the early hours of Sept. 18, 1968, and was finished (22 takes later) that night. Paul McCartney wrote the song’s main guitar riff as a ’50s-style … Continue reading

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“Gimme Some Truth” — Lennon’s still relevant

On Sept. 9, 1971, John Lennon’s “Imagine” LP was released in the US (it would be released in the UK a month later….and the album would go to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic). This was Lennon’s second solo … Continue reading

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