Song of the day 7/24/17 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats- “A Little Honey “

My favorite song off the stellar sophomore album by this band.

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Today in Music History July 24

1957: So You Say Its Your Birthday: Robbie Grey, lead singer and songwriter for the English  new wave band Modern English, most famous for their early 80’s hit, “I Melt With You”.

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1965 The Byrds launch folk rock with their cover of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mr. Tamborine Man’, which hits #1 on the UK charts.

 

1976, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, a Elton John/Kiki Dee duet, goes to #1 on the UK charts.  Dee had been a backup singer for John.

 

1993 Zooropa by U2 starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The album continues the band’s move towards incorporating more electronic dance and alternative rock effects and themes of technology and media oversaturation that they had begun on 1991’s Achtung Baby.

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The Free Wanderin’ Bob Dylan (a special Today in Music History installment)

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On this day in 2009, Bob Dylan was picked up by a local Long Branch police officer  responding to calls of a suspicious person wondering the area.  I’ll let the local paper, the Star-Ledger pick it up from there:

Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in a New Jersey shore community when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighborhood.

Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New York City, on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play at a baseball stadium in nearby Lakewood.

A 24-year-old police officer apparently was unaware of who Dylan is and asked him for identification, Long Branch business administrator Howard Woolley said Friday.

“I don’t think she was familiar with his entire body of work,” Woolley said.

The incident began at 5 p.m. when a resident said a man was wandering around a low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood several blocks from the oceanfront looking at houses.

The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name. According to Woolley, the following exchange ensued:

“What is your name, sir?” the officer asked.

“Bob Dylan,” Dylan said.

“OK, what are you doing here?” the officer asked.

“I’m on tour,” the singer replied.

A second officer, also in his 20s, responded to assist the first officer. He, too, apparently was unfamiliar with Dylan, Woolley said.

The officers asked Dylan for identification. The singer of such classics as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” said that he didn’t have any ID with him, that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that night’s show.

The officers asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them back to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, where the performers were staying. Once there, tour staff vouched for Dylan.

The officers thanked him for his cooperation.

“He couldn’t have been any nicer to them,” Woolley added.

How did it feel? A Dylan publicist did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Friday.

So what was going on? From checking other accounts, it seems that although the officers had heard of Bob Dylan before, they didn’t recognize him in person, and may have been suspicious that it was actually him (and who can blame them – who would expect that the Bob Dylan would be wandering the neighborhood, in the rain, peering into empty houses, 45 minutes from the concert site.) Imagine the officer’s surprise when they pulled up to the hotel!

There has been some speculation that Dylan was checking out the local haunts of another legend, Bruce Springsteen, who lived in the area back in the day and had played in Long Branch.  Apparently Dylan had done something similar when he played in Toronto some years earlier, wandering around Neil Young’s old haunts.

So what was he up to?  Channeling inspiration from other rock legends?  Being the ultimate fan stalker?  We will never know.

Here is a link to the Star-Ledger excerpt above.

And here is a fun interview with the police officer, Kristie Buble, who picked Dylan up, who explains more what happened.

Today in Music History July 23

1969,  ‘Honky Tonk Women’ by The Rolling Stones, with its instantly recognizable cowbell opening, goes to No.1 on the UK singles chart.

 

1994,  Frank Zappa has an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter named in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. Asteroid 3834 was renamed ‘Zappafrank’.   Zappa had died in December of 1993.

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2011, Amy Winehouse, English singer and songwriter, is found dead in her north London home of alcohol poisoning; her 2006 album Back to Black won 5 Grammy awards

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Sources: This Day in Music.com; Wikipedia

 

 

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