Tuesday, January 1, 2019

50 Years (Again)

1969 was an incredible year in music. It was the year of Woodstock....of Aisle of Wight....and (sadly) Altamont. The year "Space Oddity" put David Bowie on the map....that debut albums came from such a diverse range of acts as The Jackson 5, King Crimson, Iggy Pop & the Stooges, the Allman Brothers, MC5, Led Zeppelin, the Meters, Blind Faith, Leslie West & Mountain, Neil Young, Santana, John Denver, Crosby Stills & Nash, Yes, and more.

It was the year of the final live performance by the Beatles....that CCR releases 3 different albums, all bearing hit songs....that Elvis plays a string of 57 sold-out shows in Vegas....that "Classical Gas" won 3 Grammy Awards....that the Newport Jazz Festival featured performances from George Benson, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Sly & the Family Stone, Dave Brubeck, and more....that Johnny Cash records and releases his "Live from San Quentin" album, sees his TV show debut on ABC, and has the longest running number 1 hit of the year (6 weeks) with "Daddy Sang Bass"...that John marries Yoko, Paul marries Linda, and George and Pattie are arrested....Brian Jones is found dead in his pool and Mick Taylor joins the Stones....Elvis has his first number 1 hit in 7 years, cementing his comeback.

It is the year that saw the creation of Hall & Oates, the Faces, Humble Pie, Judas Priest, Seals & Croft, Little Feat, Kratfwerk, and Hawkwind.....and albums released included "Yellow Submarine" (Beatles), "Soul '69" (Aretha Franklin), "Yer Album" (James Gang), "My Way" (Frank Sinatra), "Songs From a Room" (Leonard Cohen), "After the Rain" (Muddy Waters), "Tommy" (the Who), "Age of Aquarius" (5th Dimension), "Beckola" (Jeff Beck Group), "In a Silent Way" (Miles Davis), "Let It Bleed (Rolling Stones), and so many more.

Top 5 songs of the year? "Get Back by the Beatles, "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones, "Year 2525" by Zager & Evans, "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, and "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley.

50 years ago.....

....so what will this year bring?

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