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47 years ago today, The Rascals released the title track from their sixth studio album, which earned the band another top-40 single.
Given the way the band had been evolving away from writing singles in favor of focusing more on their albums as a whole, it was a pleasant surprise when “See,” composed by Felix Cavaliere, emerged and began its climb up the Hot 100. Arriving over six months before the actual See album hit record store shelves, the song was described by Richie Unterberger as having “a bubbling organ, pummeling rhythm, and train-whistle harmonies that would do the Five Americans proud.”
44 years ago today, Bickershaw, England was the site of what is generally remembered in the UK as one of the all time wettest rock festivals, but for all the rain that was dumped on the crowd during the course of its three days, the crowd’s enthusiasm was rarely dampened.
Organized by future television personality Jeremy Beadle, the Bickershaw Festival featured a wide variety of artists from the UK and the US, and when we say “wide variety,” we’re in no way using the phrase in a hyperbolic fashion: the lineup included Hawkwind, Dr. John, Donovan, the Incredible String Band, Captain Beefheart, Maynard Ferguson, Wishbone Ash, the Kinks, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and a five-hour set from the Grateful Dead.
Zeppelin, Metallica…ah, good. I have your attention.
46 years ago today, a tragedy at Kent State University inspired one of the most powerful protest songs in rock ‘n’ roll history.
When President Richard M. Nixon announced his decision to send a U.S. invasion force into Cambodia on April 30, 1970, it was greeted with considerable disdain by a significant portion of the population, and given that it was an era which was ripe with political protests, it was only to be expected the decision would inspire such protests around the country. On May 1, things started to get ugly in Kent, with protestors taking things too far, damaging storefronts in the midst of making their political statement. In turn, police were dispatched, tear gas was released, and tensions between the two sides increased significantly. On May 2, an ROTC building was set aflame, inspiring cheers from students and further tear gas from National Guardsmen that had been called by Ohio Governor James Rhodes.