Fourth of July arrives one day early for Beach Boys

The Independence Day fireworks celebrations are being held in Boston one day ahead – on the third instead of the fourth of July. That’s because of the weather – and the Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

Hurricane Arthur is expected to hit early in the morning on the fourth, so the Boston Pops concert organizers had two choices – hold the fireworks show on the third or the fifth. They chose the third because the Beach Boys couldn’t come on the fifth – they have another concert elsewhere that day. [Read more...]

Love is… the Swinging Sixties

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) -
Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

That’s how Philip Larkin concluded his famous poem, Annus Mirabilis, though why he said life was never better than in 1963 you will have to find out for yourself. Read the poem. See the first line. Now you see why it couldn’t be mentioned here?

Actually, 1963 was too early for me, but never mind. The Swinging Sixties was the most glorious decade reckoning. I didn’t catch the Beatles’ first hit immediately after it came out, but I caught on pretty soon, oh yes,

Love, love me do
You know I love you

(That was their first hit)

And what a medley of hits followed: Please Please Me, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night.

So here they are. I Saw Her Standing There was on the flip side of the US release of I Want To Hold Your Hand, according to Wikipedia. [Read more...]

Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel

I am enjoying reading the early chapters of record producer Clive Davis’ memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, where he recalls working with artistes like Bob Dylan, Simon Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Johnny Winter and Miles Davis.

Davis, who became the president of Columbia Records and later founded the Arista record label, made his name with Sixties artistes and bands.

Janis Joplin

Big Brother and Holding Company was his first major signing. He was wowed by their lead singer, Janis Joplin’s performance at the legendary Monterey festival in 1967.

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