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The first day of the Monterey Pop Festival was 51 years ago today. The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin and the introduction of Otis Redding to a large, predominantly white audience. The Monterey […]

14th June 1943, Born on this day, Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician, organist, best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally) and […]

15th June 1941, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, who had the 1972 UK & US No.1 single with his version of The Badfinger song ‘Without You’, and the 1969 US No.6 single ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film Midnight Cowboy’. The Monkees, Three Dog Night & Ronettes all covered his songs. He died […]

13th June 1934, Born on this day, Uriel Jones, session drummer for Motown Records’ in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & […]

It was on this day, back in the summer of 1979, that many people first heard the words (kinda) “M-m-m-my Sharona.” It was on that day that The Knack released their debut LP “Get The Knack.” The LP got an incredible amount of airplay and was a favorite in many clubs that were starting to […]

9th June 1915, Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered ‘close miking’ and echo delay recording. He broke his […]

Our new book Bruce Springsteen – The Day I Was There is out on 4th July (and is available for pre order on Amazon). Over 250 fans from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, share fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and […]

For at least 1 day in New York, Grand Funk Railroad was bigger than The Beatles. It had taken the Beatles 80 days to sell out the Shea Stadium. It had taken Grand Funk only 72 hours. According to stadium police officials, “It looked like World series fever all over again.” In short, when tickets […]

27th May 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, […]

26th May 1940, Born on this day, Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (Ronnie Hawkins’s backing group), who then became known as The Band […]


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