"All summer long, we spent dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
That's your image of SoCal, I know. Beach bunnies and surfboards. Endless summer sunsets.
But the truth is that's not the way it's been this summer.
The Replacements recently returned to the UK after a 24-year hiatus - and blew The Roundhouse away with two nights of energetic rock, passionate ballads, punk riffs, and the melodic American rock. Here is the setlist from the first night.
38 years ago today, Andy Gibb hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in his career with a song which would - oddly enough - go on to hit #1 a second time a few weeks later.
Written by Andy's brother, Barry, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was composed in Bermuda during the same visit which produced “(Love Is) Thicker than Water,” a.k.a. the second song Andy took to the top of the charts. The latter track was co-written with Andy, but in an interview included in the Tales of the Brothers Gibb box set, Andy explained that “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was written so quickly that he didn't even have a chance to chime in.
Bill Clinton, Mall of America, Euro Disney…1992, you had me at “Bonjour.”
47 years ago today, Gram Parsons' brief tenure as a member of The Byrds came to an abrupt conclusion when he decided to stand up for his political beliefs.
After building his reputation as a folk musician via his work with the International Submarine Band and relocating from Boston to Los Angeles with the rest of the members, Parsons found himself out of a gig when the band broke up. (Sadly, their album Safe at Home didn't see release until after they were already defunct.) As such, when Chris Hillman found himself in need of additional Byrds members after David Crosby and Michael Clarke left the band, Parsons found himself joining their ranks. That wasn't how the band's label saw him, unfortunately: contractually speaking, he was only a salaried sideman, which - according to Hillman - “was the only way we could get him to turn up.” But if you look at the credits of The Byrds' 1968 album Sweetheart of the Radio, he's credited as if he was a member, and there's no question that he had a lot to do with the overall sound of the album as well as the songs contained therein, most notably “Hickory Wind” and “One Hundred Years from Now.”