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#9 Dream: John Lennon and the number 9

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We remember another anniversary of John Lennon’s tragic death in 1980. As I wrote before, most of the country learned the news watching The Monday Night Football game. In my case, I heard it when the clock radio woke me up at 6 am.

After the breakup of The Beatles, John spent the early 1970’s recording a lot of songs. Some were good and others were not for me. Like George and Ringo, John spent the 1970’s watching Paul recording one hit after another.

As I remember, it was really rare to hear anything by John, George or Ringo on the radio in the 1970’s.

“# 9 dream” was one of my favorites. It turns out that John Lennon had a fascination with the number 9.

According to songfacts, there were many references to # 9 in John’s life:

“John Lennon was fascinated with the recurrence of the number nine throughout his life, which included:
Lennon was born on October 9.
His first home was 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool – three names which each contain nine letters.
The Beatles’ first gig at The Cavern Club took place on February 9, 1961.
Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager, first saw them perform on November 9 that same year.
The Beatles’ contract with EMI was confirmed on May 9,1962.
The Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do,” was on Parlophone R4949.
Lennon’s son Sean shared his father’s birthday.
As well as this song, which peaked at #9 on the Hot 100, Lennon wrote two others with the same number in the title: “Revolution 9” and “One After 909.”

He was killed December 8th but it was December 9th in his native UK.

“# 9 Dream”

So long ago   Was it in a dream, was it just a dream?
I know, yes I know
Seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me
Took a walk down the street
Thru the heat whispered trees
I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
Somebody call out my name as it started to rain
Two spirits dancing so strange
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Dream, dream away
Magic in the air, was magic in the air?
I believe, yes I believe
More I cannot say, what more can I say?
On a river of sound
Thru the mirror go round, round
I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
The spirit dance was unfolding
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé….”

 

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December 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

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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