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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, May 7, 2014

Woooooooooo Wooooooooooo ... Chooooo-chooooo!

Today in Music History: May 7

“Music fills the infinite between two souls”

 “The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music... The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words.”

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) 
"It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table."

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 - 3 April 1897)

Choo chooooo...chugga chugga chooo choooooo ... Ah - that lonesome whistle.... Woooooooooo Wooooooooooo ... Chooooo-chooooo! Nostalgia surrounds the sounds of a train. Better still when revolving around music...

From the film "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), featuring Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires.

A slapstick train ride featuring the greatest comedians from the Golden Age of Comedy - set to the pulsating rhythms of the Glenn Miller Orchestra
1941. . . Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo". 

Oh, and that is not all today in music history...
1955. . ."Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & His Comets.

 Tidbits of Trivia...
"Rock Around the Clock" began with a veteran Country act called Sonny Dae and His Nights. Their version was released in 1953 to little acclaim. Haley's version was originally released as the B-side of a Dickie Thompson song called "Thirteen Women," which was about a nuclear bomb that leaves just one man and 13 women alive. "Rock Around the Clock" first appeared on the charts on June 3, 1953, selling 75,000 copies and convincing Decca Records to pick up Haley's option. It was featured in the movie Blackboard Jungle, which gave it a surge in popularity prompting Decca to re-release the single. This time the song surged to the top of the charts entering the Top 40 on May 14, 1955 where it stayed for 8 weeks. Source: Songfacts.com

1971. . .The Rolling Stones released "Brown Sugar" in the U.S. It was the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.

So, what ARE your favorite music memories?

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