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Happy birthday to Bjorn Ulvaeus, born on 25 Apr 1945, Swedish singer, songwriter, producer who started his musical career at 18 when he fronted the Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk–skiffle group. After forming ABBA in 1972 they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Their first UK hit was the 1974 […]

31st March 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for […]

Scott Walker, one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history, has died at the age of 76. The US star found fame as a teen idol in The Walker Brothers, scoring hits with 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' and 'Make It Easy On Yourself'. He lived in the UK from 1965 […]

Drummer Hal Blaine, one of the most recorded musicians in pop music history has died of natural causes age 90. As a member of the The Wrecking Crew his drumming can be heard on songs such as Presley’s 'Return to Sender,' the Byrds’ 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' the Beach Boys’ 'Good Vibrations,' Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bridge […]

On Aug. 3, 1968, the 1st Newport Pop Festival began. It is said to be the first rock festival to attract of 100,000 people. It didn’t go over well with the city fathers and a writer for the LA Times. The following was written in 1968. It is a very interesting read and a good […]

After their success at the Monterey International Pop Festival the month before, The Who began a US tour on July 14, 1967 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR. This was not a headlining tour for the band though. They were opening (middle slot) for Herman’s Hermits. The first band to play that evening was […]

It was 48 years ago on July 3, 1970, that the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival began. Like the Woodstock festival the previous summer, the event was promoted as “Three days of peace, love and music.” Tickets for the festival were priced at $14. Also like Woodstock, it became an “open event” when the promoter […]


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