Poetry

I’d taken the cure and had just gotten through

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


November 22, 1965

Dylan LowndesBob Dylan and Sara Lowndes are married in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. The marriage takes place under an oak tree on a judge’s lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara,  the mother of singer Jakob Dylan, files for divorce on March 1, 1977.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Waiting for this moment to arrive


 

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The stars look very different today

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


October 31, 1969

david-bowie-4David Bowie appears at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend, England. The gig lasts about 15 minutes. After Bowie sings Space Oddity to everyone’s delight, he drags a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sits and begins to read poems. He is booed off stage.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Been missing ya, miss kissing ya


 

All you did was wreck my bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


October 9, 1971

Maggie MayRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Maggie May, first released as the B-side to Reason to Believe. This is the first of six U.K. #1 hits for Stewart. It remains atop the chart for five weeks.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Now I need a place to hide away


Wound me up in jail

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


October 4, 1969

Green RiverCreedence Clearwater Revival starts a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Green River, the group’s first chart-topping LP. It’s got Lodi, Cross-Tie Walker and Bad Moon Rising. It’s got nine great songs. Most of all, it’s got Wrote a Song for Everyone. We need songs about what it’s like to be in the county welfare line or in jail. People need a chance. Some need second chances. We choke on wealth. We can thrive on love. A song for everyone . . .

ALSO ON THIS DAY: You don’t know what it’s like  | Tuesday’s on the phone to me


 

Once there was a way

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


September 26, 1969

Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles release the final album they record as a group, Abbey Road, in the U.K. The final studio recordings from the group feature two George Harrison songs, Something (Harrison’s first A-side single), and Here Comes The Sun.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I got a bird that whistles | No one could look as good as you

I’m in heaven, when you smile

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


September 25, 1975

jackie-wilson-with-facial-expressionJackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapses into a coma, suffering severe brain damage. He remains semi-comatose for the nine years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. In tribute to Wilson’s immense talent, Van Morrison writes the song Jackie Wilson Said, covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I’ll make everything all right | You make me wanna get up and scream