The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records at 7 a.m. in the morning on March 10, 1977. The signing took place on a trestle table set up outside of Buckingham Palace. It made headlines around the world. Punk rock was getting major label support. Six days later they would be dropped by the label. Interesting […]

One of the great Rock and Roll records, “Climbing” the debut album by Mountain was released on March 7, 1970. The album featured the ‘classic’ Mountain lineup of Leslie West (guitar, vocals), Felix Pappalardi (bass, piano) and Corky Laing (drums, percussion). Produced by Pappalardi, the album reached number 17 on the American Billboard 200 albums […]

On Feb. 25, 1963, Vee Jay records released the first US single / 45 by the then-unknown Beatles, “Please Please Me” b/w “Ask Me Why.” It went nowhere on the charts or on the radio. It is however one of the most collectable of all the Beatles’ records because the record company spelled the bands […]

12th February 1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon […]

Beatlemania got a good start in the US on Dec. 20th, 1963 when Capitol Records released “Meet The Beatles.” The following Jan., The Beatles would appear on The Jack Parr Show in a taped performance and then in Feb, they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, an appearance that changed music for ever. “Meet The […]

Capitol Records released the LP “Beatles ’65” on Dec. 15, 1964. It was the Beatles’ fifth album issued by Capitol Records, but their seventh American album. The LP was also issued in Germany on the Odeon label. Beatles ’65 includes eight of the fourteen songs from Beatles for Sale (omitting “Eight Days a Week”, “Words […]

“….We all came out to Montreux On the Lake Geneva shoreline To make records with a mobile We didn’t have much time Frank Zappa and the Mothers Were at the best place around But some stupid with a flare gun Burned the place to the ground Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky […]

The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy turns 88 years old today. After earning some money as a songwriter, Berry started Motown Records. Over the years he signed such artists as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, The Contours, The Four Tops., Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Commodores, The Velvelettes, Martha Reeves […]

22nd Oct 1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending […]

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