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August 15, 1965: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

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Can you find your mother or grandmother in this video?  

Over 50,000 people showed up at this open concert in 1965 , including a lot of teen girls who adored The Beatles:

 

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August 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

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1965: “I got you babe” by Sonny & Cher was # 1 this week

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Sonny and Cher had a string of hits back in the 1960’s.

Frankly, I never got into their music, although Cher was always a pleasure to look at.

Cher is still performing today. She’s had a long solo career.

Sonny left the music business and was elected to the US Congress in the 1990’s.   Unfortunately, Sonny was killed in an accident back in 1998.

Here is “I got you babe”, the # 1 song in my parts of the world this week in 1965.

Click here to hear the song.      The TV is now available on DVD.  

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August 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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August 1971: Remembering “How can you mend a broken heart” by The Bee Gees!

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The Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) had the # 1 song in the US back in August 1971.

In fact, “How can you mend a broken heart” was # 1 for several weeks.  It turned into one of the most favorite love ballads in pop history.

It was also their first # 1 in the US and followed “Lonely days“, another big hit earlier in the year.

As we know, The Bee Gees had quite a few more hit records in the 1970’s!  

They dominated the radio and charts with songs from the soundtrack of “Saturday night fever” and several more the LP’s like “Main course“, “Children of the world” & “Spirits having flown“.    

They were clearly the band of the late 1970’s, i.e. who else had eight # 1 songs from 1975-79.

Today, we remember one of the Gibbs’ most beautiful love songs from the summer of 1971.    

P.S.   Real and devout fans may remember the B-side, a Maurice Gibb song and solo called “Country woman“.   

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August 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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Happy # 74 Mick Jagger……The Rolling Stones Singles Collection..

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July 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

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1964: The soundtrack of “A hard day’s night” hit # 1 in the US and UK

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On this day in 1964, the soundtrack of “A hard day’s night” hit # 1 in the US and UK.   The film was released in the US in August, or a couple of weeks after the music hit # 1!

The song selections were different in the US and and UK LP versions.    The US version included several George Martin instrumentals, such as “This boy“.    

As they say, the movie did not have much of a plot but it was very good:

 

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July 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

1965: Dylan goes electric

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On this day in 1965, Dylan put down the acoustic and played an electric guitar:

“On this day in 1965, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan rocks the world of folk music when he performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island and abandons his acoustic guitar for an electric one. 

By going electric, Dylan eventually moved rock and folk music closer together.

He also infused rock and roll, known then for its mostly lightweight lyrics, with a more intellectual, poetic sensibility.”

Like a rolling stone” and “Queen Jane approximately“, from the LP “Highway 61 Revisited“, were early examples of Dylan going electric.      

At about the same time, The Byrds had released their electric version of “Mr. Tambourine Man“.    The LP also included “All I really want to do“, another Dylan song.

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July 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Summer 1967: The Beatles and “All you need is love” was on the radio

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This is a summary of “All you need is love“, a Lennon-McCartney song that hit # 1 all over the world back in the summer of 1967:

“It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 400 million, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967.

The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #362 in their 500 greatest songs of all time.”
Later, the song was added to the movie “Yellow submarine”.

All you need is love” was the first single released after “Sgt Pepper’s“.

It was eventually included in the US LP “Magical Mystery Tour” and the animated movie “Yellow submarine“.

My favorite part of the song is the last minute when John & Paul go back and forth.  

P.S. The B-side was the fun “Baby you’re a rich man“.

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July 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm