Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

It's Not The End Of The World For R.E.M.

They Remain Friends And Brothers Even Though They Disband

R.E.M. have recently announced via their website that after 30 years together, they have decided to “call it a day as a band.”

Their extraordinary run through rock and roll history as one of the seminal bands in the alternative rock genre and subsequent place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be a testament to their efforts and fan base.

R.E.M. first came together in 1980 with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry. Their first few releases were not big hits but right from the start, with the 1981 single "Radio Free Europe" and the 1982 EP 'Chronic Town,' they were able to build a solid reputation among music fans and college radio. The Grammy-winning group, now composed of Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills, released its debut album 'Murmur' in 1983 and that LP, along with millions of college students who fell in love with their sound, put the group on the map. Rolling Stone called it the best album of the year (over titans like Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and Sting's 'Synchronicity') and it topped out at number 36 in the US. They continued to build their fan base over the next four years leading up to 'Document,' their first solid hit album which reached number 10.

For the balance of their career, R.E.M.'s albums sold solidly including chart toppers 'Out of Time' (1991) and 'Monster' (1994) on the strength of such hits as "The One I Love" (1987 #9), "Stand" (1988 #6), "Losing My Religion" (1991 #4), "Man on the Moon" (1992 #30) and the haunting vocals from Stipe with "Everybody Hurts" (1993 #29). The band's videos also became staples on MTV in the 1990s, including the eye-catching "Losing My Religion" and the stark "Everybody Hurts," which had Stipe walking through a highway traffic jam. When they lost some of their luster in the US, Europe quickly embraced the band from Athens, Georgia and Stipe's well crafted songs that were atypical of the standard rock fare.

In their own words: The guys shared their thoughts on ending the band.

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.


"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.

"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."


"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it.

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It's been amazing."


"One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

"Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it's only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world."

R.E.M.'s Studio Albums

•Murmur (1983)
•Reckoning (1984)
•Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
•Life's Rich Pageant (1986)
•Document (1987)
•Green (1988)
•Out of Time (1991)
•Automatic For the People (1992)
•Monster (1994)
•New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
•Up (1998)
•Reveal (2001)
•Around the Sun (2004)
•Accelerate (2008)
•Collapse Into Now (2011)

R.E.M.'s stellar career has cemented them in as one of rock and roll's elite bands. Godspeed R.E.M., you were and still are a part of my personal musical journey and always will be. Listen to the group as you read the blog and cherish the fact that they were kind enough to share their music with us!

Here is the audio of their last concert appearance on November 18, 2008 in Mexico City:

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

R.E.M. Its the End of the World


AUTUMN Unveil Cover Art and Track Listing for New Album

Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn have announced their new album, 'Cold Comfort', whixh is set to be released November 8th via Metal Blade Records! This is the band's fifth full-length effort and their third for Metal Blade Records and offers a collection of striking songs blended into a diverse and yet surprisingly compact album, one that Autumn considers to be their most personal and meaningful to date.

While Autumn's roots remain firmly planted in heavy rock/guitar-oriented soil, their branches are stretching out to more progressive musical genres and alternative approaches to the sound of individual songs. Guitarist Jens van der Valk elaborates: "In terms of sound we realized there were still leaps to be taken out of our comfort zone and into unthought-of possibilities. As a first step in the right direction, our main focus was on a more open, transparent sound, one through which the often multi-layered nature of our songs would be optimally channeled."

Erik-Jan Dodd, Autumn 's live sound engineer since the 'My New Time' era, envisioned a more vintage approach for 'Cold Comfort'. An experiment the band was all too eager to embrace, explains guitarist Mats van der Valk. "If there's anyone who knows what we're all about and more importantly: what we could potentially be all about, it's E-J." '

1. The Scarecrow
2. Cold Comfort
3. Black Stars In A Blue Sky
4. Retrospect
5. Alloy
6. End Of Sorrow
7. Naeon
8. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
9. The Venamoured


oh, and this album cover art won't offend anyone :O)

STEEL PANTHER: 'Balls Out' Cover Artwork Unveiled

The outrageous and popular '80s-style "hair" band STEEL PANTHER will release its new album, "Balls Out", on November 1 (one day earlier in the U.K.). The CD's first U.K. single will be "If You Really, Really Love Me"and the first single in the U.S. will be "17 Girls In A Row".)

1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really, Really Love Me
6. It Won't Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can't You Trust Me
9. That's What Girls Are For
10. Gold-Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
12. Critter
13. Let Me Cum In
14. Weenie Ride

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


Electric Flower to Release Self-Titled EP

Electric Flower, the new band featuring Josh Garza and Imaad Wasif, will release their debut EP on Nov. 8 on Narnack Records. The self-titled EP will be released digitally and on limited foil stamped, red 10-inch vinyl and only 500 copies will be printed.


Tubelord's New Album Release on Oct. 10th

Kingston-based band, Tubelord is back, this time with the release of their second record, 'R O M A N C E.' Scheduled for release on October 10th via Pink Mist, the effort will be available on CD 12” vinyl LP and also as a digital download. The lead single “My First Castle” may possibly be their finest example of a pop song yet. The vocals are as distinctive as ever, the lead singer sings with as much belief to convince you that each and every word is deeply personal and of relation to both him and the band. The drumming skills of David Catmur interweaves harmoniously with the bass lines of Tom Coulson-Smith, each emphasized by the most recent addition of synthesizers and keyboards.

1. Over In Brooklyn
2. Never Washboard
3. 4T3
4. Charms
5. Here Is Nothing
6. Go Old
7. My First Castle
8. Ignatz
9. Waterworld
10. In Greenland
11. Tidy Diggs


Guns N' Roses Ready US Tour

Billboard reports that GNR will hit play more than 30 dates, beginning with an Oct. 28 appearance at the Amway Center Arena in Orlando. Among the cities listed on the itinerary are Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and East Rutherford, N.J., as well as a series of smaller markets.

Before reacquainting themselves with US fans, Guns will perform Oct. 2 at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Fans and organizers are no doubt hoping things go more smoothly than they did last year in England, where Axl and co. made a mess of their Reading and Leeds festival appearances.

Oct. 28 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center Arena
Oct. 29 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Oct. 31 - Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center Arena
Nov. 02 - Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
[to be announced] - Houston, TX - [to be announced]
Nov. 05 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion
[to be announced] - Omaha, NE - [to be announced]
[to be announced] - Tulsa, OK - [to be announced]
Nov. 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center Arena
Nov. 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center Arena

More dates to be announced very soon!


Mike Oldfield's "Incantation," Thin Lizzy's "Bad Reputation," Sandy Denny's "North Star Grassman and The Ravens" the Latest to Receive Expanded Deluxe Treatment


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 20, 2011 Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release Mike Oldfield's Incantation - Expanded Edition (1 CD), Thin Lizzy's Bad Reputation - Expanded Edition (1 CD), Sandy Denny's classic solo debut North Star Grassman and The Ravens - Deluxe Edition (2 CDs) and the 4-CD career retrospective box set on Jim Capaldi, Dear Mr. Fantasy: The Jim Capaldi Story. All music has been remastered with bonus material.

Mike Oldfield's Incantation - Expanded Edition (1CD)

The music of Mike Oldfield is some of the most spiritual, ethereal, reflective and sensual in rock. Oldfield himself created his own genre with his groundbreaking 1973 debut, Tubular Bells, and has continued to craft highly individual works to this day, building him a worldwide loyal following. Since Oldfield's catalog moved to Mercury in 2008, Universal has been working closely with him to ensure the highest standard in revisiting his masterworks from the '70s and '80s.

Originally released in November 1978, Incantations was Oldfield's first and only studio double album comprised of four parts of the title track. It is a masterpiece of minimalism, with Oldfield playing many of the instruments with old friends including David Bedford conducting the choir and orchestra, Pierre Moerlen on drums and Oldfield's sister Sally on vocals. Overseen by Oldfield, the expanded version of this masterpiece is fully remastered complete with artwork and extensive liner notes. As an added bonus, Incantations – Expanded Edition includes the track "Guilty," Oldfield's legendary 1979 single recorded in New York City at the height of the disco movement.

Mike Oldfield is an artist like no other. Over the last 37 years he has produced timeless, unique and inspirational music that has enthralled listeners the world over.

1. Incantations Part One (Remastered Stereo Mix)
2. Incantations Part Two (Remastered Stereo Mix)
3. Incantations Part Three (Remastered Stereo Mix)
4. Incantations Part Four (Remastered Stereo Mix)
5. Guilty (7" Single Version)

Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation - Expanded Edition (1 CD)

Charged by the creative force of the late Phil Lynott, the legendary Irish hard-rock band Thin Lizzy combined working class romanticism and Irish folk law with piercing dual-guitar lines. Like artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Lynott was a poet of the downtrodden who helped break down racial stereotypes in rock and became one of the most influential front men in hard rock and heavy metal.

Originally released in 1977, Bad Reputation is Thin Lizzy's eighth studio album that found them teamed up with legendary producer Tony Visconti who gave them a leaner and tougher sound, creating an album that rivals Jailbreak as their best studio album. It went to No. 4 in the U.K. and featured the hit "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me In Its Spotlight)" which reached No. 14 on the U.K. singles chart in September 1977. Fully remastered, Bad Reputation features the unreleased bonus tracks "Killer Without A Cause," "That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart," "Bad Reputation" and "Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In A Spotlight)" taken from a session recorded for the BBC, plus a soundcheck of "Me And The Boys."

There are bands that soundtrack a moment in time and then fade away ingloriously. Then there are those that, long after their demise, retain a sense of immortality. Thin Lizzy lie firmly in the latter camp.

1. Soldier Of Fortune
2. Bad Reputation
3. Opium Trail
4. Southbound (Album Version)
5. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In Its Spotlight) (Album Version)
6. Killer Without A Cause
7. Downtown Sundown
8. That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart
9. Dear Lord
10. Killer Without A Cause (BBC Session August 1, 1977)
11. Bad Reputation (BBC Session August 1,1977)
12. That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart (BBC Session August 1,1977)
13. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's CaughtMe In A Spotlight) (BBC Session August 1,1977)
14. Downtown Sundown (BBC SessionAugust 1, 1977)
15. Me And The Boys (Soundcheck)

Sandy Denny - North Star Grassman and The Ravens (Deluxe Edition)

Sandy Denny is considered a founder of the British folk rock movement and perhaps its most important female singer, songwriter and personality. She is remembered for her pivotal involvement with the British folk rock scene, where, as a member of Fairport Convention, she moved the band away from west coast American cover versions and into performing traditional material and original compositions.

Sandy is also remembered as a composer, most notably on her solo albums, which represent her claim to be Britain's finest female singer-songwriter whose smooth vocal delivery still sets the standard for many of today's female folk-based singers.

Sandy Denny's 1971 debut solo album, North Star Grassman and The Ravens, has now been expanded to 2 CDs and given the Deluxe treatment with rarities, unreleased tracks and a 16- page booklet with unseen photographs. Disc One contains the original album plus previously unreleased bonus tracks including an instrumental version of "Lord Bateman," a demo version of "Next Time Around" and a duet with Richard Thompson, titled "Walking The Floor Over You."

Disc Two contains twelve bonus tracks including demo versions of songs which were previously only available in the lavish 19-CD box set plus songs recorded for BBC Radio's Bob Harris show in September 1971, "Blackwaterside" from the BBC's Sounds On Sunday from November 1972 and four tracks recorded live at the Paris Theatre on March 25, 1972.

Over a brief career spanning just thirteen years, the late Sandy Denny left an extensive musical legacy and she remains the pre-eminent British folk-rock singer.

Disc One:
1. Late November
2. Blackwaterside
3. The Sea Captain
4. Down In The Flood
5. John The Gun
6. Next Time Around
7. The Optimist
8. Let's Jump The Broomstick
9. Wretched Wilbur
10. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
11. Crazy Lady Blues
12. Next Time Around (Demo)
13. Walking The Floor Over You (Duet with Richard Thompson)
14. Lord Bateman (Instrumental)
15. If You Saw Thru My Eyes

Disc Two:
1. The Sea Captain (Demo)
2. The Optimist (Demo)
3. Wretched Wilbur (Demo)
4. Crazy Lady Blues (Demo)
5. Lord Bateman
6. Late November (BBC Session - Bob Harris 8/24/71)
7. The Lowlands Of Holland (BBC Session – Bob Harris August 24, 1971)
8. Blackwaterside (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre March 16, 1972)
9. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre March 16, 1972)
10. Bruton Town (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre March 16, 1972)
11. Next Time Around (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre March 16, 1972)
12. Sandy Denny John The Gun (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre)

Jim Capaldi – Dear Mr. Fantasy: The Jim Capaldi Story

Jim Capaldi, the co-founder, drummer, vocalist and lyricist of the legendary Traffic, was one of the most significant songwriters of our generation. Dear Mr. Fantasy: The Jim Capaldi Story is a 4-CD box set that spans the entire career of this enigmatic artist and is packed with material from his early days with The Hellions, Revolution, Deep Feeling, Traffic and his own successful solo work throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s, including recordings he did with rock legends such as Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, George Harrison, Carlos Santana and Van Morrison. Dear Mr. Fantasy also features unreleased bonus material such as rare photos, live performances, home demos and an unreleased 2004 recording of "Dear Mr. Fantasy."

From the streets of the West Midlands to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Dear Mr. Fantasy is an incredible overview of the remarkable recording career of the legendary Jim Capaldi.


Disc 1:
1. Daydreaming Of You (The Hellions)
2. Hallelujah (Revolution)
3. Pretty Colours (Deep Feeling)
4. Dealer (Mono Version)
5. Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic-Stereo Album Version)
6. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
7. Rock 'N' Roll Stew (Traffic-Album Version)
8. 40,000 Headmen,
9. Pearly Queen (Live Version)
10. Tricky Dicky Rides Again (Single Version)
11. Oh How We Danced (Anniversary Song) (Single Version)
12. Eve
13. Don't Be A Hero
14.Open Your Heart
15. How Much Can A Man Really Take?
16. Low Rider
17. Whale Meat Again

Disc 2:
1. It's All Up To You
2. Love Hurts
3.Short Cut Draw Blood
4. With A Problem
5. Seagull
6. You And Me
7. Game Of Love
8. Elixir Of Life
9. Shoe Shine (Disco Mix)
10. Hotel Blues
11. Tabitha
12. Electric Nights
13. Wild Geese,
14. Every Man Must March To The Sound Of His Own Drum
15. Man With No Country
16. Going Home

Disc 3:
1. The Thunder Cry
2. Favela Music
3. Child in the Storm
4. Warm
5. Old Photographs
6. We Don't Need
7. Tonight You're Mine
8. Living On The Edge
9. That's Love
10. Gifts Of Unknown Things
11. Lost Inside Your Love
12. Tales Of Power
13. Warriors Of Love
14. Something So Strong
15. Oh Lord Why Lord
16. Love Used To Be A Friend Of Mine
17. Some Come Running
18. Jim Capaldi - Living On The Outside

Disc 4:
1. Standing In My Light
2. Anna Julia
3. Love You 'Till The Day I Die
4. State of Grace (Demo Version)
5. Tallulah (Demo Version)
6. Humanity (Just Another Checkpoint) (Demo Version)
7. Bright Fighter (Demo Version
8. Strange Bird (Demo Version)
9. How Do I Get To Heaven (Demo Version)
10. Love's Got A Hold On Me New Mix
11. Song For George (Demo Version)
12. The Time Of Cholera (Demo Version)
13. Invaders Of The Heart (Demo Version)
14. Getting Stronger
15. Love Will Keep (Us Alive)
16. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Live Version)

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises


in the area? make a day of it...crate digging that is !!

Charleston Record Expo Returns this Weekend

CHARLESTON - Want to replace your mother's cherished Elvis LP you "accidentially" smashed as a kid? Perhaps you feel digital recording can't capture the warmth and feeling present on a vinyl record. Or maybe you just inherited a family member's old turntable and want to try it out.

On Saturday West Ashley Shoppes Center is the place for you. Monster Music will be hosting its second 2011 Charleston Record Expo 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the open storefront next to World Market with 14 vendors selling thousands of LPs, 7"s, 45s and other related items.

"Record conventions held for and by buyers and collectors have been going on for ages," Monster Music District Manager Galen Hudson said. "They were really popular in the 70s and 80s, but kind of went away somewhat when CDs took off."


hey kid, maybe your 15 minutes of fame is up.....

Mark 'Nevermind' milestone with 'baby' from album cover

Spencer Elden recreating the 'Nevermind' album cover

On Sept. 24, 1991 Nirvana’s new album Nevermind' set the tone for a decade of music. Alternative rock became the mainstream and the band’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, was labeled the voice of a generation.

Friday night, the Bombay Bicycle Club will celebrate the album’s release with an art show and concert. From 6-9 p.m. the bar will host a pre-party and art show with special guest Spencer Elden. Elden was just 3 months old when he posed for the album cover of “Nevermind.” The photo of a naked baby swimming in a pool with a dollar bill dangling in front of him became one of the more widely known and parodied images of the decade. Now 20, Elden is interning at Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant studio and has designed a special poster for this show.


our friends at  have this vinyl nugget available

Gene Clark

Doug Dillard and Gene Clark - The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark LP

LP 5344 (vinyl) | $18.98

Groundbreaking album that helped define country-rock!

In 1965 Missouri-born Gene Clark was riding the crest of unprecedented success and adulation as a member of the Byrds. Anointed as America’s answer to the Beatles, the Byrds topped the charts with folk-rock anthems like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Eight Miles High.” Gene was front and center as tambourine player, singer and principal songwriter for the group. But in early 1966 he flew the Byrds’ coop. A gifted songwriter, expectations ran high for a stellar solo career, but those hopes were dashed when his debut solo album and single both failed to chart. Dropped by Columbia Records the following year, Gene’s career remained in limbo until teaming up with banjo player extraordinaire Doug Dillard.

What emerged from a series of informal jam sessions in and around Laurel Canyon was a loose-knit group of pickers seeking to break bluegrass music out of its traditional confines and redefine it in a contemporary country-rock context. The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is a groundbreaking album that helped define country-rock and set the template not only for that genre but the entire, Americana and Roots Rock movements of the ’90s. Together with future Eagle Bernie Leadon, who co-wrote “Train Leaves Here This Morning” with Gene (featured both on the Fantastic Expedition album and later on the Eagles’ debut release), the Dillard & Clark merger represents a high-water mark in Gene Clark’s impressive canon of recordings and one of the most satisfying periods in his often troubled career.

The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark ranks among a handful of seminal 1960s country-rock experiments. “I think we made our mark in country rock,” muses Doug Dillard. “We didn’t make the charts but we sure influenced a lot of people.” To insure that their influence carries on, Sundazed proudly presents this newly mastered edition, sourced from the original A&M analog tapes, available on resonant vinyl and compact disc and packaged in a vibrant recreation of the original cover artwork. CD includes extra photos and new liner notes by Gene Clark biographer John Einarson. It’s an expedition you’ll want to take time and time again!

1. Out on the Side
2. She Darked the Sun
3. Don’t Come Rollin’
4. Train Leaves Here This Mornin’
5. With Care from Someone
6. The Radio Song
7. Git It on Brother (Git It in Line Brother)
8. In the Plan
9. Something’s Wrong

You can purchase your vinyl copy at


being a grandfather of a two-year old, elmo gets a lot of attention in my household. i say cheers to hasbro and cheers to my friend elmo!


Most Interactive Elmo Toy Yet Invites Kids to Make Music in Rock Star Fashion

PAWTUCKET, RI — SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Are you ready to rock? It’s show time as Hasbro Inc.’s (NASDAQ: HAS) iconic PLAYSKOOL brand introduces the LET’S ROCK! ELMO interactive plush, the most innovative Elmo toy yet. Joined by music industry veteran and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson, LET’S ROCK! ELMO made his official debut at a private event yesterday at the Empire Hotel in New York, NY. Known for his ability to guide the next generation of music superstars into the spotlight, Jackson was on hand to offer advice as LET’S ROCK! ELMO takes the stage at retail this fall. The truly interactive LET’S ROCK! ELMO plush character sings, plays instruments, and invites little musicians to rock out with him!

Children can sing along with their favorite red furry rocker to six on-board songs, including the popular “Elmo’s World”, “What Elmo Likes About You” and original “Elmo Likes to Rock & Roll,” while the LET’S ROCK! ELMO toy jams along. When children hand LET’S ROCK! ELMO the included drums, tambourine or microphone, he recognizes which instrument he is playing! Little musicians can join in with a LET’S ROCK! guitar, keyboard or microphone (each sold separately) to form their own rock band with the LET’S ROCK! ELMO toy. Elmo will wirelessly recognize these instruments too and play and sing along.

Read the rest of the press release at


and in music history for today, september 22

In 1956, Billboard magazine prints an article which says, "with new experiences to their credit, such as calling in riot squads and with scars such as damaged seats, some arena and stadium officials have
turned their thumbs down to Rock and Roll."

In 1958, "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. Lead singer Annette Kleinbard was backed by Phil Spector on guitar, Marshall Leib on bass and last minute addition Sandy Nelson on drums. Although the recording session lasted only 20 minutes and cost just $75, the single would reach #1 in early December and sell over 1.4 million copies.

Also in 1958, after receiving special permission from the U.S. Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.

Bob Dylan made his first appearance at Carnegie Hall in 1962.

"Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway in 1964. It was the beginning of a run of 3,242 performances.

In 1965, San Francisco Rock group, the Great Society, with Grace Slick on lead vocals, makes its stage debut at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California. The band would eventually evolve into
Jefferson Airplane.

Also in 1965, the Supremes made the studio recording of "I Hear a Symphony," which will go on to become their sixth US number one.

"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?" was released by the Rolling Stones in 1966.

In 1966, the Lovin' Spoonful were awarded a Gold record for their fifth US Top Ten single and first number one hit, "Summer in the City".

In 1967, a cartoon image of The Beatles wearing colorful outfits appears on the cover of Time magazine, along with the line "The Beatles / Their New Incarnation."

In 1969, a new weekly TV show The Music Scene aired on ABC in the U.S. for the first time. Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the

Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.

In 1972, David Bowie began his first U.S. tour with the Spiders from Mars.

Geffen Records was formed in 1980. John Lennon signed on with Geffen Records after David Geffen promised to release his next album without even hearing any of the songs.

In 1981, American composer Harry Warren died at age 88. He wrote more than 800 songs including “I Only Have Eyes for You” (a hit for The Flamingos and Art Garfunkel), “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “That’s Amore” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Warren's songs have been featured in more than 300 films.

In 1982, the Who kicked off what they say is their farewell tour, a 40 date trip that will gross $23 million. They would reunite in 1985.

In 1985, 80,000 fans watched the first Farm Aid concert, featuring Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and other performers who help raise $7 million. The annual event takes place every Fall to help the American family farmer.

In 1989. Irving Berlin died at the age of 101.

In 1990, Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Drummer Dave Grohl, who would audition for the band in a few days time, was in the audience of 15,000 people.

In 1992, "MTV Unplugged" renamed one episode "MTV Plugged" when Bruce Springsteen played an electric set on the show.

The album 'Psycho-Circus' by KISS was released in 1998.

In 1999, Dolly Parton, Johnny Bond and Conway Twitty were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2004, CBS was fined $500,000 for the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.

In 2010, Eddie Fisher, one of the most successful American singers of the 1950s, passed away at the age of 82. Fisher, who had ten Top 20 singles in the US between 1950 and 1967, is the father of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia Organa in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy.

birthdays today (among others) include: David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) (60), Nick Cave (54), Matt Sharp (Weezer) (42) and the great Joan Jett (53)