Saturday, December 22, 2007

Album Cover Art

I saw this on YouTube and had to share it!

Album Cover Wars

Beatles Album Cover Art and Beatles' Pics


Origin Liverpool, England
Rock/Pop - Years active 1960--1970
Parlophone, Capitol, Apple, Vee-Jay, Polydor, Swan, Tollie
Related to Tony Sheridan, The Quarrymen, The Plastic Ono Band, The Dirty Mac, Wings, Traveling Wilburys, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Ringo Starr All-Starr Band, Billy Preston

Members - Ever to Date

John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

Former members

Stuart Sutcliffe
Pete Best

The Fifth Beatle

Billy Preston

The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music.

The Beatles are the best-selling musical act of all time in the US, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which certified them as the highest selling band of all time based on American sales of singles and albums. In the UK, the Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached #1. This commercial success was repeated in many other countries: their record company, EMI, estimated that by 1985 they had sold over one billion discs and tapes worldwide. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Beatles #1 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. According to that same magazine, their innovative music and cultural impact helped define the 1960's and 60's music, and their influence on pop culture can still be felt today. Many up and coming music stars site the Beatles and their music as one of the many influences in their life.

This Day In Music History- December 22

Twin Bee Gees Robin and the late Maurice Gibb were born in 1949.

Happy birthday to Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, who turns 61.

Ike & Tina Turner are robbed of $86,000 in concert receipts in 1975.

The stage version of Harry Nilsson's "The Point" opens in London in 1978, with Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees in the cast.

In 1968 Eric Burdon left the Animals.

Isaac Hayes filed for bankruptcy in 1976.

Kenney Jones, of Faces, becomes the drummer for the Who in 1978.
He replaced Keith Moon who had died a couple of months earlier.

In 1981, a rock 'n' roll auction in London brought in $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon’s marriage certificate was sold for $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film "Help!" brought in $2,100. Not all of the items up for bid did as well however. A jacket once worn by Tom Jones only brought in $12.

In 1991, Gregg Allman made his acting debut as a drug kingpin in the movie "Rush."

In 1956, Billboard Magazine reports that Elvis Presley had the most charting records this year with seventeen. Pat Boone was next with five, followed by Fats Domino, Little Richard and The Platters with three each.

After just two weeks on the Pop chart in 1958, "The Chipmunk Song" was the #1 song in the US. Their creator, David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian), named the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, after executives at Liberty Records.

The Tornadoes became the first British group to have a #1 record in the US when they hit the top spot this week in 1962 with their instrumental, "Telstar.” The song was named after the world's first communication satellite launched by the US earlier in the year and preceded the Beatles' chart debut by 13 months.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet for one hour with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa. Earlier in the day, they saw the Minister of Health, John Munro and discussed drug abuse.

In 1979, former studio musician Rupert Holmes had the last number one record of the seventies with "Escape" (The Pina Colada Song). The tune stayed at the top for two weeks.

Michael Jackson issues his first public denial regarding allegations of child sexual abuse in 1993, saying "I ask all of you to wait to hear the truth before you label or condemn me. Don't treat me like a criminal, because I'm innocent."

In 1988, MTV Europe announces Greece will be the 12th European country to make MTV available 24 hours a day.

Today the song "Like a Virgin" by Madonna, topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks in 1984.

In 2003, the White Stripes' Jack White is charged with assault after an alleged brawl with the Von Bondies' leader Jason tollsteimer.

At the Stockholm Opera House in 1993, ABBA's Frida Lyngstad sings a cappella version of "Dancing Queen" for the Queen of Sweden on her 50th birthday.

Bob Dylan drops in on Frank Zappa in 1982 and plays him a dozen songs and asks the freak to produce his next album.

In 1979, Paul McCartney holds the first of three concerts for Kampuchea at London's Hammersmith Odeon to benefit relief efforts in the war-torn country. Besides the Walrus, the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Who and Rockpile appear on the bill.

Stephen Stills loses a paternity suit in 1973, brought against him by Harriet B. Tunis. Stills' defense team had tried to discredit Tunis' case by asking the jury, "How can you believe a witness who works in the record business?"

Led Zeppelin performed at London's Alexandra Palace in 1972. The Melody Maker describes the Zep as "about as perfect a band as you could hope to hear."

In 1971, after Yoko Ono tries to take her daughter from father Tony Cox, a court awards custody of the child Kyoko to him. Ono is allowed to visit Kyoko, but only if she posts a $20,000 bond as a guarantee that she won't kidnap the child.

Barry Jenkins, drummer with the Animals, is born in Leicester, England in 1944.

Guitarist Alvin Robinson, best known for his work on several Dr. John '70s albums, is born in New Orleans in 1937.