Month: January 2016

Music History: The Tide is High

January 31, 1981

Blondie reached No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘The Tide Is High’, the group’s third U.S. No.1, also a No.1 in the U.K.  –This Day In Music

 

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Music History: Beatles Rooftop Gig

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January 30, 1969
The Beatles with Billy Preston, played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row, London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. The played ‘Get Back’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony’. Traffic was brought to a standstill as crowds of people gathered below and watched from windows in nearby buildings. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.” –This Day In Music

15 Facts About the Gig -Rolling Stone

Happy Birthday, James Jamerson

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January 29, 1936

James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971) and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. As a session musician he played on 30 Billboard #1 hits, as well as over 70 R&B #1 hits, more than any other bass player in both categories.  Source:  Wikipedia