Month: February 2016

The one and only Billy Shears

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 29

Sgtpeppergatefold1968: At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is the first ever rock LP to win Album of the Year. It also wins in the categories of Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts, Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical and Best Contemporary Album.

 

Through all kinds of weather

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 27

Pearl1971: Five months after her tragic untimely death, Janis Joplin starts a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. album charts with Pearl. It is her second studio album, and it includes Cry Baby, Half Moon, Mercedes Benz and Me and Bobby McGee. It is the #1 album in Australia and Canada as well. What a voice.

I fell for you like a child

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 26

Johnny-Cash1932: Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas. He writes his first song by the time he is 12 years old. His is the voice we hear in the land and on the sea, in rivers, forests, highways, honky-tonks and choir lofts at church. His long string of #1 hits includes I Walk the Line in 1956, Don’t Take Your Guns to Town in 1959, Ring of Fire in 1963 and A Boy Named Sue in 1969.

And I say it’s all right

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 25

George-Harrison1943: Born this day in Liverpool, George Harrison, who breaks with The Beatles to go his own way in 1968. By that time, he has pushed The Beatles in the direction of folk and Eastern music. Drawn to the creative energy and collaboration he finds among Bob Dylan and The Band, Harrison can’t stomach the domineering John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Still, The Beatles would not be The Beatles without Harrison. Among his most respected compositions is Here Comes the Sun, from Abbey Road.

Why in the world don’t you treat me right?

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 23

Johnny-Winter1944: Born this day in Beaumont, Texas: Musician, guitar wizard, songwriter, singer and consummate blues man Johnny Winter. With his younger brother Edgar on keyboards, the Winter boys begin rocking our souls when they’re in their teens. By the time he’s 15, Johnny’s group Johnny and the Jammers has released a single, School Day Blues, on a Houston label. Invited by Mike Bloomfield to perform at Fillmore East in NYC in 1968, Winter is discovered by Columbia Records. We lose him far too soon in 2014, but we will always hear him. Winter blues forever.

Such are promises

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 21

SGBOTW1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water enters the U.K. album chart at #1, where it will stay for 12 weeks. In the U.S., the album is #1 for 10 weeks on the strength of three Top 10 hits — the title song, The Boxer and Cecilia.