Song of the Day 7/21/18 – Raining in Baltimore, Counting Crows cover by Frank Turner

Its raining today in the DC/Baltimore area, so seems fitting to play this song.  Frank Turner often covers this song when he plays in Baltimore, including this past June at the MECU Pavilion on the Baltimore waterfront, during an actual rainstorm!

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Song of the day 7/21/18- weezer “Mexican Fender”

One of the great things about Rivers Cuomo and Weezer is that they  have mastered the art of creating that “ hook” that  always grabs me. This song from 2017 is on my “play it loud with the windows down driving in the car on a summer day” playlist.

Today in Music History – July 21

1969 The Beatles start recording ‘Come Together’  by John Lennon at Abbey Road studios in London.

 

1973 ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ by Jim Croce starts a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.  Tragically Croce is killed in a plane crash three months later.

 

1977 The Sex Pistols make their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synch to their third single, ‘Pretty Vacant‘.

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1987, Guns N’ Roses release their debut album on Geffen Records: Appetite For Destruction.  The album becomes the best-selling debut album of all time in the US. The first single is ‘Welcome to the Jungle’.

 

Sources: This Day in Music.com; Wikipedia

Today in Music History July 20

1954, The Blue Moon Boys, featuring Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black, made their live debut at the grand opening of a drug store in Memphis, TN.  The band’s name was taken from the song  ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ which they had recorded a few weeks prior.

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1968, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida‘, by Iron Butterfly entered the US album charts.  The 17 minute title track was supposed to be called ‘In the Garden of Eden’ but lead singer Doug Ingle was so drunk when he recited the lyrics to the band that it was interpreted as In A Gadda Da Vida.  The song is considered an early influence on metal.

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1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the opening night on their Born to Run tour in Providence, Rhode Island only hours after finishing recordings for the album.  The show was also the live tour debut of Steve Van Zandt (Miami Steve, Little Steven).

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Sources: This Day in Music; Wikipedia

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