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It started out being called the ‘Sedilia Bluegrass Festival”… The Ozark Music Festival was held July 19–21, 1974 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. While the Woodstock Festival from 1969 is the most well-known rock festival, the Ozark Music Festival was one of the largest music festivals ever held. “No Hassles Guaranteed ” […]

4th July 1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, which was a No.7 hit in the UK. It is noteworthy for its back-to-front structure—it starts with a chorus and has two short verses. More here on The Beach […]

The ’27’ club: He started one of the most successful bands in the history of Rock and Roll. The Rolling Stones founding member and their leader, Brian Jones left us 49 years ago today on July 3, 1969. He was just 27 years old. Brian was a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica, keyboards, sitar and marimba, […]

On Friday June 20, 1969, a music festival known as “Newport 69” started. It was the 2nd year for the festival, with the first being held in Costa Mesa, CA. The 1969 festival was held at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, CA. Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans, the festival on June 20–22, 1969 was the […]

15th June 1985, Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘Brothers In Arms’. The album is the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history and won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Do you have […]

8th June 1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia. Very few copies […]

4th June 1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘Every Breath You Take’ the group’s fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards. More […]

On May 31, 1961, Jimi Hendrix became Private James Hendrix. It all started when Law enforcement authorities caught Hendrix riding in stolen cars twice and when given a choice between spending time in prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted. After completing his basic training at Fort Ord, California, the Army […]

Robert Allen Zimmerman is celebrating his 77th birthday today. When he started performing, he changed his name to Elston Gunn. He only used that name for a short time before changing it again to Bob Dylan. If you could go to his birthday party tonight and he said he would sing you just one song, […]

23rd May 1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, which also spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers’ biggest hit single and their third and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide. Read it here


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