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6th April 2016, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country […]

6th Dec 1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter […]

6th December 1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK. More on […]

The Grateful Dead released their 6th LP "American Beauty" on Nov. 1, 1970. Jason Ankeny in AllMusic said that the album is the Dead's "studio masterpiece", and in comparing it to Workingman's Dead, it is "more representative of the group as a collective unit". In 2003, the album was ranked number 258 on Rolling Stone […]

6th Aug 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna which contained four top 40 US hits. ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, (with Tom Petty), ‘Leather and Lace’, (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’ Read it here

6th August 1963, In the evening at Studio A of the Columbia Recording Studio, New York City, Bob Dylan recorded the first session produced by Tom Wilson for the album The Times They Are A-Changin’. Dylan’s third studio album was the first collection to feature only original compositions, the title track being one of Dylan’s […]

July 31, 1966, was the last day of the 6th National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, UK. It was on that Sunday that Cream (then called The Cream) made their official live debut at the Festival. If you look at the 2 previous day, the line up was pretty good including The Who, The […]

July 6th is one of the most important days in the history of music. It was on that date in 1957 that Paul McCartney met John Lennon. Here is the story from the Beatles Bible: In the afternoon the Quarrymen skiffle group played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. The performance […]

6th April 1937, Born on this day, Merle Haggard, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US […]

6th April 1973, David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’ which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger (“When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored”), the model Twiggy (“She’d sigh like Twig the wonder kid”), and Carl Jung (“Jung the foreman prayed at work”). Read it here


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