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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Music Memory Lane

Today in Music History: January 22

Beatles History: January 22
1968 - Apple Corps (not to be confused with Apple computers) opened its first London headquarters. The chief division of this multi-armed multimedia corporation is Apple Records. The conglomerate was formed in London by the members of the Beatles replacing their earlier company, Beatles, Ltd.

1969 - The Beatles began recording what would become "Let It Be."


1981 - A picture of John Lennon naked appeared in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone. The Rolling Stone Magazine cover at right is now famous. The cover from January 22, 1981 shows John Lennon naked with Yoko Ono and was voted the number one cover from the last 40 years in 2005. The photo was taken by photographer Annie Liebovitz in December 1980 on the last day of Lennon's life. Read MORE...

Beatles Quote

"These critics with the illusions they've created about artists -- it's like idol worship. They only like people when they're on their way up ... I cannot be on the way up again."
- John Lennon, December 5, 1980

 Elvis Presley History: January 22

1963 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Bossa Nova Baby." The single was released in October 1963. It was released by Presley as part of the soundtrack to his film "Fun in Acapulco." The movie soundtrack was recorded January 22-23, 1963 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, CA.

1966 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley film "Harem Holiday" hit #11 in the U.K.


1969 - Elvis Presley recorded his single "Suspicious Minds." A year earlier, in 1968, the song was actually written and recorded by Mark James on Scepter Records. It failed commercially and eventually found its way to Elvis Presley." Suspicious Minds" was widely regarded as the single that returned Presley"s career to a successful status.

Random Elvis Quote
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."
- Johnny Carson

Michael Jackson History: January 22

1995 - Janet Jackson was honored with awards for achievement in Dance Music at the International Dance Awards from London's Picadilly Theatre.

2004 - Michael Jackson's customized 2001 Bentley sedan was removed from a car auction. Jackson's management team notified auction officials that Jackson wanted the sale postponed. The Bentley Arnage Red Label Turbo was featured in Jackson's video for the song "What More Can I Give." The interior roof was signed by a host of celebrities including Jackson.

Michael Jackson Quote

"Making The Wiz was an education for me on so many levels. As a recording artist I already felt like an old pro, but the film world was completely new to me. I watched as closely as I could and learned a lot."

Dick Clark's American Bandstand History: January 22

1962 - Gene Chandler performed "Duke of Earl."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "Don't Be Cruel." Could not locate the 1963 American Bandstand performance but at least you can compare a much different rendition with that of Elvis Presley.

1966 - Joe Tex performed "A Sweet Young Woman Like You." Could not find a recording of this song by Joe Tex. Above is an amazing cover of his 1966 recording and composition, "A Sweet Woman Like You" sung by Percy Sledge who made it big in 1965 with his chart topping hit, "When A Man Loves A Woman." Enjoy the soul!

1972 - The Hillside Singers performed "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and "We're Together." "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" began as the jingle "Buy the World a Coke" as a marketing theme for Coca Cola. The popularity of the jingle led to the re-cording by The New Seekers and by The Hillside Singers dropping the references to Coca-Cola. It became an instant hit.

1972 - Tommy James performed "Nothing to Hide" and "Tell 'em Willie Boy's a-Comin'."

1983 - Juice Newton performed "Heart of the Night" and "Queen of Hearts."

1983 - Wall of Voodoo performed "Mexican Radio" and "Tomorrow."

Random Dick Clark Quote

Music is the soundtrack of your life.
- Dick Clark

What do you think about today's walk down music's memory lane? Were any of the songs among your favorites?

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

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