1973 – Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon released in the UK. Lyrics: Us and Them Us, and them And after all we’re only ordinary men Me, and you God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do Forward he cried from the rear And the front rank died And the general […]
1970 – 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings, ($1.914). Lyrics: The long and winding road That leads to your door Will never disappear Ive seen […]
1970 – The No. 1 LP in the U.K. today is Led Zeppelin II. Recording sessions The album was recorded during a hectic and much-traveled period of the band’s career from January through August 1969, when they completed four European and three American concert tours. Each song was separately recorded, mixed and produced at various […]
1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It […]
1965 – working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo’s vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ […]
1961 – Bert Kaempfert started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wonderland By Night’. Kaempfert produced The Beatles first recording session when they were in Hamburg.
1955 – George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label on This Day in Rock! Martin spent his first years with the record label recording classical and Baroque music, original cast recordings of hit plays, and regional music from around the British Isles.
1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. Biography Childhood Van Halen was a son of saxophonist Jan Van Halen; his mother Eugenia was from Java, Indonesia. At the […]
1954 – Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again.
1948 – Born on this day Alan Parsons, British studio audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons’ own group, The Alan Parsons Project released several […]
1940 – Songwriter/producer Phil Spector is born. He produced John Lennon’s “Imagine” and George Harrison’s “Bangla-Desh.”
1926 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London. Sir George Henry Martin CBE (3 January 1926) is a British record producer, arranger and composer. He is sometimes referred to as “the Fifth Beatle”—a title that he owes to his work as producer or co-producer of all […]