Record Store Day releases have yet to be posted on the RSD website, i have found a couple of places where you can read what is supposed to be coming. You can look at the list below or HERE for another list.
Record Store Day 2012 Release Guide (Updated 3/9)
found this on facebook, from KA-CHUNK!! Records from what I have posted and seen, this list seems to be very accurate (heck the guy is ordering these titles from the record companies) maybe not every release that's out there, but i would bet it's close. so props to KA-CHUNK!! Records and a free plug!
Located in Downtown Annapolis Maryland we're a record store with a heavy emphasis on the word record. Specializing almost exclusively in Vinyl, we have over 700 unique artists represented in the New Vinyl section along with a wide selection of Used LP's, Rare LP's, Limited Edition Screen Prints, T-Shirts and Ephemera. This is a vinyl collector's record store.
78 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401, United States of America
Phone: (410) 571-5047
Record Store Day Release Guide
Third Man Records
The White Stripes "Hand Springs/Red Death at 6:14" 7" (Limited Edition Red/Black Swirled Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Karen Elson "Milk And Honey" 7" (Milk And Honey Swirled Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Gene Clark "One In A Hundred" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Doug Dillard & Gene Clark "Why Not Your Baby" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Chocolate Watch Band "In The Midnight Hour" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Bloos Magoos "So I'm Wrong And You Are Right" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band "Diddy Wah Diddy" 2x7" (Mono, Gatefold Sleeve, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
The Blues Project "Parchman Farm" 7" (Limited Edition) (Ordered)
The Byrds "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Paul Revere & The Raiders "Ride Your Pony" 7" (Mono, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
The Neanderthals "Groovy Dances" 7" (Limited Edition) (Ordered)
The Martian Denny Orchestra "Crossfire" 7" (Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Warner Bros. + Distributed Labels
Tinariwen "Tassili" LP (African band Tinariwen + Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio + Nels Cline of Wilco = Amazing!) (Ordered)
The Black Keys "El Camino Deluxe Edition" 2xLP+CD (Bonus 7", 45RPM) (Ordered)
Wilco "The Whole Love Box Set" (The Whole Love on 180 Gram Vinyl + I Might Be 7" on Clear Vinyl + Speak Into The Rose 10" on Red Vinyl) (Slip Case, Die Cut Outer Box, Turntable Slipmat, 45 Adapter, Edition of 300) (Ordered)
George Lopez "Tall Dark & Chicano" LP (Red Vinyl) (NOT Ordered)
Animal Collective "Transverse Temporal Gyrus" EP (Tracks taken from their performance at the Guggenheim) (Ordered)
Arctic Monkeys "R U Mine" 7" (Ordered)
Caitlin Rose "Piledriver Waltz" 7" (Arctic Monkeys Cover) (Ordered)
v/a "Smugglers Way" Zine + 5 Disc Flexi Disc (Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, etc) (Ordered)
Laura Marlin "Flicker And Fail" 7" (Ordered)
Refused "The Shape Of Punk To Come" LP (Comes with a CD, DVD, Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Social Distortion "Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes" LP (Lime Green Vinyl, Edition of 750, Half of my stock will have an Autographed Poster) (Ordered)
Phish "Junta" 3xLP+MP3 (180 Gram, Individually Numbered Edition) (Ordered)
Phish "Junta: Pollack Edition" 3xLP+MP3 (Pollack Edition comes with a new piece of Art by Jim Pollack, the Cover Artist) (180 Gram, Individually Numbered Edition) (Ordered)
The Hives "Go Right Ahead" 7" (Ordered)
fIREHOSE "Flyin The Flannel" LP (ORG Music) (Ordered)
Mike Watt & The Missingmen/The Chuck Dukowski Sextet "Sweet Honey Pie b/w My War" 7" (Ordered)
The Receiving End of Sirens "Songs/2003" 7" (NOT Ordered)
Sam Means "Nona" 7" (NOT Ordered)
Deerhoof/Of Montreal "Stygian" 7" (Polyvinyl) (Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Hey Mercedes "Hey Mercedes EP" LP (Polyvinyl, Members of Braid) (Edition of 700) (Ordered)
Mates of State "Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)" LP (Polyvinyl) (Tom Waits, Daniel Johnston, Mars Volta Covers) (Edition of 1,500) (Ordered)
Matt Pond PA "Measure" LP (Polyvinyl) (180 Gram, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Matt Pond PA "Several Arrows Later" LP (Polyvinyl) (180 Gram, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Rainer Maria "Self Titled" LP (Polyvinyl) (Compilation of 3 EP's) (Edition of 300) (Ordered)
Saturday Looks Good To Me "All Your Summer Songs" LP (Polyvinyl) (180 Gram White Vinyl, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Starfucker "Heavens Youth (Reptilians Demos)" LP (Polyvinyl) (Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches "Self Titled" 7" (Polyvinyl) (Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Atmosphere & The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) "Self Titled" 10" (Picture Disc) (Ordered)
Cursive "Burst And Bloom" 10" (Saddle Creek) (Yellow Black & White Marbled Vinyl) (Ordered)
Icky Blossoms "Babes" 7" (Saddle Creek) (Ordered)
Mynabirds "Generals" 7" (Saddle Creek) (Ordered)
Pujol "Reverse Vampire" 7" (Saddle Creek) (Ordered)
The Horrible Crowes "Live From Fingerprints" 7" (NOT Ordered)
Dave Hause "Resolutions" 7" (Flogging Molly Cover) (NOT Ordered)
Flogging Molly "Drunken Lullabies" 7" (Mixed by Steve Albini) (Ordered)
Chuck Persons "A.D.D. Complete" 7" (NOT Ordered)
Blitzen Trapper "Hey Joe" 7" (Sub Pop) (Yellow Vinyl, Edition of 1,800) (Ordered)
Shabazz Palaces "Live at KEXP" 12" EP (Sub Pop) (Light Purple Vinyl, Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Adrian Younge vs. Adrian Quesada "Self Titled" LP (NOT Ordered)
Nicolas Jaars & 78 Edits "Mike James Kirkland: Luv N Haight Edit Series vol 1" EP (NOT Ordered)
v/a "Rough Guide: Psychedelic Africa" LP+MP3 (180 Gram) (Ordered)
v/a "Rough Guide:African Roots Revival" LP+MP3 (180 Gram) (Ordered)
v/a "Rough Guide: New Orleans" LP+MP3 (180 Gram) (Ordered)
Run DMC/Carolina Cholcolate Drops "You Be Illin" 7" (Ordered)
Gary Clark Jr "HWUL Raw Cuts vol. 1" EP (Ordered ONE Copy)
Common "The Dreamer, The Believer" LP (Ordered)
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr "We Almost Lost Detroit" EP (Ordered)
Disturbed "The Collection" 6xLP Box Set (NOT Ordered)
Jimmy Fallon "Tebowie b/w Reading Rainbow" 7" (Ordered)
Fun "The Ghost You Are You Me" 10" (Custom Shaped Gold Colored 10") (Ordered in low numbers)
Grateful Dead "Dark Star Europe '72: Olympia Theatre Paris" (180 Gram) (Ordered)
Grouplove "Don't Fly Too Close To The Sun" 7" (NOT Ordered)
Kimbra "Settle Down" CD EP (NOT Ordered)
Bruno Mars "The Grenade Sessions" 10" (NOT Ordered)
Mastodon/Feist 7" (Each band covers the other. What, the what?) (Ordered)
MC5/Afrika Bambata "Kick Out The Jams" 7" (Side By Side Series) (White/Red Splatter Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Metallica "Beyond Magnetic" LP (Silver Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Michael Buble/Ray Charles "George On My Mind" 7" (Peach Colored VInyl) (Ordered)
Misfits "Walk Among Us" LP (Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Nightwish "Trails of Imaginareum" 10" (Picture Disc) (NOT Ordered)
Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin "Respect" 7" (Side By Side Series) (Gold Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Santigold "Masters of My Make Believe" LP (Gold Vinyl) (Ordered)
Sara Watkins/Everly Brothers "Your The Only One I Love" 7" (Olive Green/Black Splatter Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Regina Spektor "The Prayer of Francois Villon (Molitva)" 7" (White Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Switchfoot "Vice Re-Verses" CD (NOT Ordered)
T. Rex "Electric Warrior" 6x7" Box Set (Ordered)
Tegan & Sara "Get Along" LP (White Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Flaming Lips/Mastodon "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton" 7" (Baby Pink Colored Vinyl) (Ordered)
Billy Bragg & Wilco "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" 3xCD+DVD (Ordered)
The Cure "Entreat Plus" 2xLP (180 Gram) (Ordered)
Dr. John "Locked Down" LP+CD (Ordered)
Fleetwood Mac "Self Titled" LP (Ordered)
Fleetwood Mac "Self Titled 2xLP (45RPM, 180 Gram) (Ordered)
JEFF The Brotherhood "Upstairs at United" EP (Die Cut Sleeve, Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Devo "Live In Seattle 1981" 2xLP (Comes w/2 Posters) (Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra "Polly b/w Idioteque" 7" (Nirvana & Radiohead Covers) (Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Public Image LTD "One Drop" 12" EP (Edition of 1,500) (Ordered)
Luna "Rendezvous" LP (180 Gram, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Luna "Romantica" LP (3 MP3 Bonus Tracks, 180 Gram, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Paul Weller "That Dangerous Age" 7" (Red Vinyl, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Battles "Dross Glop 4" 12" (Edition of 750) (Ordered)
Jonathan Wilson "Pity Trials & Tomorrow's Child" 12" (Edition of 650) (Ordered ONE copy)
Jukebox The Ghost "I Love You Always Forever" 7" (Edition of 500) (Ordered ONE copy)
Branford Marsalis Quartet "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" 2xLP (180 Gram) (Ordered)
v/a "Complex" LP (Members of Radiohead, TV On The Radio) (Edition of 500) (Ordered)
Death Cab For Cutie "Keys & Codes Remix EP" LP (Edition of 400) (Ordered)
Horse Feathers "Cynic's New Year" LP (Edition of 400) (Ordered)
Now Now/The Lonely Forest "Shifting" 7" (Trans Records) (Edition of 400) (Ordered)
Ra Ra Riot & Delicate Steve "Valerie" 7" (Edition of 400) (Ordered)
Ugly Custard (Alan Parker) "Hipology" LP (Heavy Psych album from 1971) (Edition of 400) (Ordered)
GG Allin & Antiseen "Violence Now" 7" (Doo Doo Brown Vinyl, Edition of 300) (Ordered)
DJ Food "The Illectrik Hoax" 12" (Edition of 300) (NOT Ordered)
Gravehurst "The Prize" 10" (White Marbled Vinyl, Edition of 200) (Ordered ONE copy)
v/a "Eight Trails, One Path" LP (Members of Sun City Girls, Lee Ranaldo) (Edition of 700) (Ordered TWO copies)
Visioneers "Hipology" 7" Box Set (Edition of 300) (NOT Ordered)
Thrill Jockey 4 Way Split - Pulse Emitter/Date Palms/Expo 70/Faceplant 2xLP (Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Variety "Silent Too Long" 10" (Member of Mercury Rev) (Clear green Vinyl, Edition of 200) (Ordered)
Duke Garwood & Wooden Wand "Duke/Wand" LP (Edition of 200) (NOT Ordered)
ESG/Las Kellies "Erase You" 7" (Edition of 200)
Diva Dompe "Cyborg Sweetie" 7" (Edition of 100) (NOT Ordered)
Talibam! "Step Into The Marina" 7" (Edition of 100) (NOT Ordered)
Circle "Manner" LP (Die Cut Sleeve, Colored Vinyl, Edition of 500) (Ordered)
Botch "An Anthology of Dead Ends" EP (180 Gram, Edition of 750) (Ordered)
Pelican "Australasia" LP (180 Gram, Edition of 750) (Ordered)
Arcade Fire "Sprawl II/Ready to Start" 12" (Remixed tracks from The Suburbs album) (Edition of 3,000) (Ordered)
Richard Buckner "Willow/Lost" 7" (w/MP3 Cover of The Cars Candy-O) (Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Destroyer "Destroyer's Rubies" 2xLP (Red Vinyl, Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
M. Ward "Primitive Girl/The Twist/Roll Over Beethoven" 7" (Edition of 2,000) (Ordered)
Ryan Adams - "Heartbreak A Stranger" b/w "Black Sheets Of Rain"- Limited Edition (2500 US & Canada - Worldwide) Colored 7" (Ordered)
The Civil Wars - "Live At Amoeba" - Limited Edition ONE TIME PRESSING TO ORDER CD EP (Ordered)
The Civil Wars - "" - Limited Edition (1000 Units) Import 7" (Ordered)
Richard Thompson - "Haul Me Up" - Limited Edition (3000 TOTAL 1750 U.S. and 1250 UK) 7" Single + Digital Download (Ordered ONE Copy)
Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas - "Hit & Run Vol. 1" - Split Single 7" Vinyl (Ordered)
Widespread Panic - "Live Wood" - Limited Edition (Only One Run Of This Title Pressed To Order - Will Be Numbered) 12" 180g Vinyl (Ordered)
The Electronic Anthology Project Of Dinosaur Jr - Limited Edition (1000 Units Total) CD (Brett Nelson of Built To Spill and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr team up to cover Dinosaur Jr songs as an 80's synth pop band!) (NOT Ordered)
The Electronic Anthology Project Of Dinosaur Jr LP+MP3 (Black Vinyl, Edition of 500) (Brett Nelson of Built To Spill and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr team up to cover Dinosaur Jr songs as an 80's synth pop band!) (Ordered)
The Electronic Anthology Project Of Dinosaur Jr LP+MP3 (Purple Vinyl, Edition of 500) (Brett Nelson of Built To Spill and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr team up to cover Dinosaur Jr songs as an 80's synth pop band!) (Ordered)
Rockabye Baby! - "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Smiths" - 12" Colored Vinyl LP + Digital Download Card (Ordered)
Futurebirds - "SENEY-STOVALL" - Limited Edition (1000 Total) Hand-Numbered Pressing 12" Vinyl LP (Ordered ONE copy)
Priscilla Ahn & Sea Of Bees - "John Denver - The Music Is You Series Featuring Priscilla Ahn's electronica Japanese translations produced by Mike Andrews/Sea of Bees" - Limited Edition (1500 Total) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Slightly Stoopid/The Expendables - "John Denver - The Music Is You Series Featuring Slightly Stoopid and The Expendables" - Windstar Records " - Limited Edition (1500 Total) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Luther Dickinson - "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/Beautiful Dreamer"/Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen/Peace in the Valley" - Limited Edition (500 Total) 78 RPM (Ordered) (I previously ordered only one but since have upped it)
Ralph Stanley - "Single Girl / Little Birdie" - Limited Edition (500 Total) 78 RPM (Ordered ONE copy)
Hiss Golden Messenger - "Jesus Shot Me In The Head / Jesus Dub" - Limited Edition (500 Total) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Danny Brown - "XXX" - Limited Edition (1000 Units) 2X LP Gatefold - White Vinyl + Bonus 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Sonnymoon - "Wild Rumpus" - Limited Edition (1000 Units) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro - "Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro" - Limited Edition (200 Units) 7" (Ordered)
The Baseball Project - "El Hombre/Harey Haddix" - 7" Vinyl (Ordered ONE copy)
Winter Boys (Jesse Tabich of Other Lives, Tyson Meade of Chainsaw Kittens) - "Winter Boys Cutting A Rug" - Limited Edition Screen Printed Cover Hand Numbered (700 Units) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Crosses - "Option/ Telepathy" - Limited Edition (1000 Units Total - Think Indie has 880) 7" Vinyl (Ordered ONE copy)
CSC Funk Band - "A Little Weight/A Little Planet" - Limited Edition (500 Units) 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
"Put The Needle On The Record - The 1980s At 45 Revolutions Per Minute" by Matt Chojnacki" - (Limited Edition Numbered/Signed Hardback Book 200 Available - Select copies additionally contain bookmarks hand-cut from vinyl artwork and autographed by the original musician/cover artist.) (NOT Ordered)
Preteen Zenith (The new band from Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree and Tripping Daisy) - "Preteen Zenith" - Limited Edition (2000 Units) 180G 12" Colored Swirled Vinyl with CDR (Ordered)
Deep Fried Boogie Band / Colossal Yes- "Deep Fried Boogie Band / Colossal Yes - Limited Edition/Hand Numbered (500 Units) Split 7" (Ordered ONE copy)
Genesis - "Spot The Pigeon" - Limited Edition (Only 3000 Units) 12" EP "Super Fidelity" Blue Vinyl, Dual Speed (Ordered)
The Right Now - "He Used To Be/Good Man" (non-album exclusive tracks) - Limited Edition (400 Units) 7" (Ordered)
Gogol Bordello - "Imigrinadiada" - Limited Edition (1000 Units) 12" Yellow Vinyl (Ordered)
Black Twig Pickers "Yellow Cat" 7" (Thrill Jockey) (Ordered)
Trouble In Mind 4 Way Covers Split - Mikal Cronin, Apache Dropouts, Paperheads, Limana 7" (White Vinyl, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Doomriders/Sweet Cobra "Girl U Want" 7" (Devo Covers!) (Ordered)
Freakwater "Feels Like The Third Time" LP (Thrill Jockey) (Ordered)
Hush Arbors/Arbouretum "Aureola" LP (Thrill Jockey) (Ordered)
Dan Melchior "Ghost In The Supermarket" 12" (White Vinyl, Edition of 500) (Ordered)
My Brightest Diamond "I Have Never Loved Someone" 7" (Hand Numbered, Edition of 1,000) (Includes Leonard Cohen Cover, Features Marc Ribot on guitar) (Ordered)
Pelican/Playing Enemy "Split" 7" (Ordered)
Tortoise "Lonesone Sound/Mosquito" 2x7" (Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
Unrest "Perfect Teeth" 6x7" Box Set (Teenbeat) (Colored Vinyl, Letterpressed Box, Edition of 700) (Ordered)
Tallest Man On Earth "King of Spain" 12" (Edition of 2,000) (Features a cover of Paul Simon's Graceland)(Ordered)
Bowerbirds "Into The Yard" 7" (Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
v/a "Sacred Bones Presents: Todo Muere vol. 2" LP (Edition of 1,500) (Ordered)
Light In The Attic:
Lee Hazlewood "The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides 1969-1971" 2xLP (Edition of 4,000) (Ordered)
v/a "Never To Be Forgotten: The Flipside of Stax 1968-1974" 10x7" Box Set from legendary Soul label Stax. Same treatment they did for the amazing Wheedle's Groove Box Set (Edition of 4,000) (Ordered)
Sigur Ros "Hvarf/Heim" 2xLP (Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition) (Ordered)
Mclusky "Mclusky Do Dallas" (150 Gram White Vinyl, Edition of 1,000) (Ordered)
St. Vincent "Krokodil" 7" (Edition fo 2,500) (Ordered)
The Cleaners From Venus VOL.1 Vinyl Box Set (Ordered)
CT-145 Blow Away Your Troubles 2xLP
CT-146 On Any Normal Monday LP
CT-147 Midnight Cleaners LP
CFV buttons, represses of flyers, other cool stuff
Medicine Box Set (Ordered)
CT-148 Shot Forth Self Living Expanded 2xLP
CT-149 The Buried Life Expanded 2xLP
CT-150 Sounds of Medicine LP
CT-151 Always Starting To Stop Cassette
Medicine buttons, flyers, etc...
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody Box Set (Ordered)
CT-151 Here Comes Everybody, Of The Matter, Talk About The Past, Something That No One Else Could Bring 2xLP
Expanded version of the influential album on vinyl and in a beautiful box set that will up your street cred when displayed properly in the home./ Another button from The Wake to add to you favorite jacket. Flyers
Gruesome Flowers Part 2 (I'm pretty sure this is a 7") (Ordered)
With the huge success of Part 1 featuring Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils, with their covers of their favorite songs by The Wake, we decided to expand these covers into a series. We asked Blouse and Craft Spells to contribute. Part 1 sold out fast, now the only way to snag that one is to pay an arm and an leg for a copy on Ebay.
Blouse "Pale Spectre" / Craft Spells "Talk About The Past"
Again, you can follow along as the list is updated at facebook.com/ka-chunk-records/record-store-day
album cover art of the day:
WAR OF AGES: Full 'Return To Life' Artwork Unveiled
Pennsylvania's WAR OF AGES will release its fifth album, "Return To Life", on April 24 via Facedown Records. The CD was recorded with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z Studios (SHADOWS FALL, CHIMAIRA, HATEBREED) and it features some of the band's "most personal material," according to a press release.
Read more at Blabbermouth
another cool cover!
Firewind Unveil New Album Cover Art
Greek metallers Firewind have recently unveiled the cover art from the band's forthcoming album called 'Few Against Many,' which is scheduled for release on May 21st in Europe and May 22nd in North America via Century Media Records.
not sure how they do this, it's only the third month......
Billboard Announces Top Music Moneymakers of 2012
I have the first five listed, go to Billboard to see the rest of the list if this interests you:
Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012
1. Taylor Swift ($35,719,902)
2. U2 ($32,116,315)
3. Kenny Chesney ($29,837,103)
4. Lady Gaga ($25,353,039)
5. Lil Wayne ($23,178,722)
Read more at Billboard
Trammps Singer Jimmy Ellis Passes Away at 74
The man who sang out Disco Inferno for the Trammps, Jimmy Ellis, passed away on Thrusday at a nursing home in Rock Hill, SC from an undisclosed illness. He was 74.
Read more about this at our friends at vintagevinylnews.com
and in music history for march 10th:
In 1955, RCA Records placed a half page ad in Billboard magazine claiming that Elvis Presley was 'the new singing rage!'
In 1960, Record Retailer, a publication that featured a chart showing the Top 50 records by sales, is launched in the UK. Their first number one was "Poor Me" by Adam Faith.
In 1961, Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby" sat at the top of the Pop chart in America and at number 2 in the UK.
In 1963, two days after an emotional public prayer service that was attended by an estimated 25,000 people in Nashville, Patsy Cline's body was buried quietly at Shenandoah Memorial Park in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.
In 1964, Roy Orbison recorded "It's Over."
In 1964, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel record "The Sounds Of Silence" as an acoustic duo. It wasn't until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
In 1966, Bob Dylan recorded "Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35."
Also in 1966, at Western Recorders in Hollywood, Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." There were 23 musicians involved, but Carl Wilson was the only Beach Boy who played on the session. The vocals were recorded over the following month by three members of the group: Carl Wilson singing lead, Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston doing backup vocals, probably the only well-known Beach Boys track that has just three voices on it. Mojo magazine ranked "God Only Knows" as the 13th-greatest song of all time.
In 1967, the Monkees held the #1 position on the US album chart with 'More Of The Monkees.'
In 1970, Grand Funk Railroad began recording "Closer To Home."
In 1979, at the invitation of his good friend Porter Wagoner, R&B legend James Brown appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium performing traditional renditions of "Tennessee Waltz" and "Your Cheatin' Heart," as well as his 1960s hit "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag." Reaction among longtime Opry members was split. Some, like Jean Shepard, disapproved of Brown's set, while Barbra Mandrell applauded the unusual guest appearance.
Also in 1979, Gloria Gaynor started a three-week run at # 1 on the US singles chart with “I Will Survive,” also a chart-topper in the UK. The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called “Substitute.”
In 1981, at a concert in London, Jimmy Page joined Jeff Beck for three encore jams. It was the first time the Led Zeppelin guitarist had performed on stage since the breakup of his band.
In 1984, Van Halen held the #1 position on the US singles chart with "Jump."
In 1988, 30 year old Andy Gibb, younger brother of Bee Gees Robin, Maurice and Barry, died from a viral infection in his heart. Andy hadn't had a chart hit since 1981, but did have a stint as host of the Solid Gold TV show. Shortly before his death and just after he declared bankruptcy, Andy had signed a record deal and was working on a new album for Island Records that was never completed.
In 1989, R&B singer Doc Green of the Drifters (1958-1962) died of cancer at age 54.
In 1990, according to Billboard magazine, New Kids On The Block receive 125,000 calls a day to their 1-900 number.
In 1996, Alanis Morissette won Best Album and Best Rock Album (for Jagged Little Pill), Best Female Singer, Best Songwriter and Best Single at the 25th Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
In 1997, R&B singer LaVern Baker, who placed 7 songs in the US Top 40 in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, including "Tweedlee Dee" and "I Cried A Tear", died of heart failure at the age of 67.
In 2000, in New York City, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and two other people were arrested after slashing leather goods at a Gap store as part of a protest organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In 2003, Natalie Maines, lead singer of the country music act the Dixie Chicks, told an audience in London, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." After word of her statement reached the U.S., the Dixie Chicks faced a firestorm of criticism from conservatives and George Bush supporters that included radio stations banning their music and protest groups outside their concerts.
In 2005, an hour late and still in his pajamas, Michael Jackson showed up for his child molestation trial in Los Angeles and was threatened with jail time for making the court wait. Jackson heard testimony from a teenage Neverland Ranch visitor who testified that the singer tried to get him drunk using soda cans filled with red wine, which Jackson allegedly called "Jesus' Blood," and white wine that he called "Jesus Juice."
Also in 2005, a survey carried out by Music Choice concluded that 'Angels' by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' was second and Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' was voted into third place.
In 2005, 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum. In 1979, the next album, "Flirtin' With Disaster" sold over 2 million copies.
In 2008, pop diva Madonna, rocker John Mellencamp, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, British Invasion pioneers The Dave Clark Five and instrumental Rock legends The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
In 2009, tickets for a one-off Paul McCartney gig in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19 in front of 4,000 fans.
In 2010, Pink Floyd won a court battle with EMI that prevents the record company from selling single downloads and ringtones on the Internet from the group's albums. Pink Floyd's back catalogue is second in sales to only the Beatles.
birthdays today include (among others): Dean Torrence - Jan & Dean (1940), Pete Nelson - Flowerpot Men (1945), Tom Scholz - Boston (1947), Jeff Ament - Pearl Jam (1963) and Edie Brickell (1965)