The Beatles release “The Red and Blue Albums” on April 2, 1973 …
After playing on hits for the likes of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, four session musicians start Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where they record The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones.
The original building at 3614 Jackson Highway is bought by Noel Webster in 1999, who along with the purchase gets the name “Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.” The place is abandoned when he buys it, but he eventually restores some functionality – enough for The Black Keys to record their Brothers album there in 2009.
Ronnie Lane. Born April 1, 1949. Co-found of both The Faces and Small Faces. His contribution to rock n’ roll is undeniable — he was inducted into the RRHOF in 2012 — but the road was less than a smooth one.
The film, according to a press release, “will pull back the curtain on a mythical world and provide an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. Through rare and newly unearthed footage and audio recordings, the documentary will feature an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution of the ’60s and ’70s that would change popular culture.”
Sopwith Camel, is a barely recalled—but amazing—group from the Summer of Love-era San Francisco, who were the second Bay Area band to be signed to a major label (after Jefferson Airplane) and the first to have a top 40 hit, 1967’s Lovin’ Spoonful-esque (both bands had same producer, Erik Jacobsen) “Hello, Hello.”
51 years ago today, March 25th, 1969, just days after their wedding day, John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously invited the press into their suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel as they attempted to use their honeymoon in a bid raise awareness for world peace.
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows … ”Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
Orpheus’ masterpiece turns 55 — released on March 22, 1965.
It’s #31 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
John and Yoko marry at the Rock of Gibralter in Spain.