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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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Morsels of Music Moments

Today in Music History: May 10

There are several morsels to 'chew on' today as a step back in time takes you on a walk down memory lane. Did you know...

1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

1965, having worked out the opening riff on May 6, the Rolling Stones recorded a version of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently acquired, adding sustenance to the sound of the guitar riff.
  1969, Frank Sinatra's version of 'My Way' made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years, it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart on eight different occasions. Paul Anka re-wrote the original French song, 'Comme d'habitude', for Sinatra after he told Anka he was quitting the music business. Anka changed the melodic structure and lyrics to the song with Sinatra in mind.
1969, the Turtles played at a formal masked ball for Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Richard Nixon. This was her first major party. Joining them that night were the Temptations. Legend has it that Mark Volman, the big guy of the band with the even bigger hair, fell off the small stage five times during their set(s). Also, items have been published over the years saying the Turtles (a) snorted cocaine off Lincoln's desk or (b) smoked pat the the Lincoln Bedroom. There is no evidence that either really happened but there is no denial either. In the year 1969, a year for anarchy, anything was possible.
1999, American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including 'Sylvia's Mother' and 'The Cover of the Rolling Stone'.
If you did not know, now you do!

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