History for the Rest of Us

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Nov 30, 2012

One of the top selling albums of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was released November 30, 1982. The recording of the album began at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles on April 14, 1982. When Quincy Jones walked into the studio, he said to some of the others involved in the recording, ‘OK guys, we’re going to save the recording...

The Beatles Release Help!

The Beatles Release Help!

Aug 6, 2012

Voted 331 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, Help! was the fifth British album and tenth North American album released by The Beatles. The Album was released August 6, 1965. The original photograph on the UK album was printed in reverse. Holding it up to a mirror, it spells, using flag semaphore, the letters LPUS –...

Elvis Presley – That’s All Right

Elvis Presley – That’s All Right

Jul 7, 2012

On July 8, 1954, WHBQ Memphis would be the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley song. His recently recorded single ‘That’s All Right’ was played on DJ Dewey Philips’ Red, Hot, and Blue show. Hundreds of phone calls and telegrams would follow. The song was recorded three days earlier on July 5th at the end of a previously...

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Jun 2, 2012

On June 1, 1967, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in England, and a day later in the United States. According to Rolling Stone, the album is ‘the most important rock & roll album ever made’ and number one on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Idea Paul McCartney came up with the idea for the...

Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees

Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees

May 18, 2012

More Albums than the Beatles? I was originally a skeptic, but after reviewing information from Rolling Stone, ‘I’m a Believer’. Yes, the Monkees, the band that started out as a TV Show actually sold more albums in 1967 than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. Television Series The television series The Monkees, which ran from 1966 to...

James Brown

James Brown

May 3, 2012

Born May 3, 1933, James Brown was a singer, musician, songwriter, radio station owner, and recording artist. He is considered the founding father of funk music (his 1967 hit ‘Cold Sweat’ cited as the first true funk song) with a signature groove that emphasized the first beat of every measure. He had a significant impact on popular music and dance...