August 8, 1969 ~ the Abbey Road photoshoot …
Released on August 5, 1966. It’s as historically complex an album as anything out there as it relates to contemporary rock music — loaded with “firsts” and impressing a whole slew of future composers and performers.
In 1964, Harrison was a fair way away from becoming the songwriting behemoth he would later prove to be, writing some of The Beatles most beloved songs like ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Something’. Instead, Harrison chose to provide back-up vocals and harmonies and concentrate on mastering the guitar—but that didn’t mean that the guitarist wasn’t intrigued by the spotlight. It was clearly something Lennon had noticed.
April 15, 1971 ~ Rolling Stone publishes an article on The Illinois Crime Commission and their list of “drug oriented rock records.” Ben Fong-Torres does a nice job of putting to words just how dumb the whole thing was.
To raise awareness about the need for social distancing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one company has doctored covers of famous albums to put the band members further away from each other.
On this day in 1964, a very special moment took place—The Beatles, hot off the heels of one of the biggest TV performances ever known, performed live for an American audience for the very first time.
b. December 9, 1940
Fifty years ago this month, The Beatles came out with Abbey Road — the last album they ever recorded as a group, and, alongside Let It Be , the closing cap on their decade-long tenure as the biggest popular phenomenon in musical history.