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Old 12-25-2004, 10:37 PM   #241
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On this Christmas in 1818, "Silent Night" was first performed for the first time at the Church of Saint Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
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Red face 12/26/67 - "BEATLES BOMB WITH YULE FILM"

On this day in 1967 - Boxing Day, December 26 - the Beatles's TV film Magical Mystery Tour aired on the BBC in Britain. In terms of drawing an audience, it was a success - fifteen million Brits, roughly 27 percent of the U.K. population, tuned in to watch, and even more people watched it in countries such as Japan and Argentina. In terms of pleasing an audience, well. . . .

The plotless film had been made up as the Beatles went along, and even those it was fun to look at in color, it aired in black-and-white 37 years ago today. The following morning, the London Daily Mirror declared that he never seen such "blatant rubbish" as Magical Mystery Tour, and other British TV critics agreed.

An American TV deal was canceled as a result of the British showing and headlines in the States like BEATLES BOMB WITH YULE FILM from the Los Angeles Times. Since then, Magical Mystery Tour has become a cult favorite in the United States, showing up in art movie theaters and on local TV stations at 1:30 in the morning. Its camera effects became an influence on MTV and Steven Spielberg's movies. Ironic, no?

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Cool "Brush up your Shakespeare. . ."

. . .and start quoting him now!

On this day in 1948, December 30, Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's musical take on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (not to be confused with Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, which is a different kettle of fish altogether! ), premiered on Broadway.
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It was on this date, tomorrow, New Year's Eve, 1974:

Dave Thompson, Ron O'Brien, Jay Stone, Brian White, Gary McKenzie and last but not least, Steve "Smokin'" Weed hosting a New Year's Eve show on WXLO or 99X (long before WRKS joins the format in 1981 as Kiss-FM for urban music). The special counts down the Top 99 songs of 1974 beginning with song #99 called "Sugar Pie Guy" by the Joneses right up to the #1 song by Barry White "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe". The shows ends with the welcoming of 1975. The DJ's were crazy celebrating a one heck of a New Year while playing a Barry White song. The aircheck was done in 2 parts and it was telescoped (means the songs are being edited out). Thanks to reelradio.com for this monumental anniversary aircheck. Here it is!

WXLO's Top 99 Songs of 1974
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On this date, January 1st, New Year's Day, 1962:

The Beatles went for an audition at Decca Records in England to record a few songs that were from that period. Here they are:

1. "Three Cool Cats"
2. "The Shieks of Araby"
3. "Hello Little Girl"
4. "Like Dreamers Do"
5. "Besame Mucho" (a cover of a 1940's classic)
6. "Searchin'" (a cover of a Coasters classic)

Pete Best was the drummer for that group until Ringo Starr joined a few months later. After a couple of songs, they left Decca and went on to EMI Studios to record "Love Me Do" in the fall.
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On this date, January 1st, New Year's Day, 1962:

The Beatles went for an audition at Decca Records in England to record a few songs that were from that period. Here they are:

1. "Three Cool Cats"
2. "The Shieks of Araby"
3. "Hello Little Girl"
4. "Like Dreamers Do"
5. "Besame Mucho" (a cover of a 1940's classic)
6. "Searchin'" (a cover of a Coasters classic)

Pete Best was the drummer for that group until Ringo Starr joined a few months later. After a couple of songs, they left Decca and went on to EMI Studios to record "Love Me Do" in the fall.
The Beatles never "left" Decca because Decca never signed them. Producer Mike Smith wanted to sign them on the spot, but his superior, Dick Rowe, overruled him. Rowe insisted that electric guitar groups were on the way out and would never be big in the sixties. Rowe thus became known as "the man who turned down the Beatles," his decision rivaled for the title of "worst showbiz career move" by the decision of this man -



to leave "M*A*S*H!"

It was all well and good, because Brian Epstein wanted EMI to have the Beatles anyway. Decca later signed the Applejacks, who recorded "Like Dreamers Do" (theirs was the first recording of that Lennon-McCartney song to see commercial release), and they also signed, at George Harrison's advice, a group you probably never heard of, the Rolling Stones.
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January 1, 1962 - The Beatles - John, Paul, George, and Pete Best - audition for Decca Records and record several fifties rockers and two original tunes, "Hello Little Girl" and "Like Dreamers Do." Decca producer Mike Smith wants to sign them on the spot, but Dick Rowe, his boss, overrules him and turns the Beatles down. "These boys won't make it," Rowe tells Beatles manager Brian Epstein. "Four-groups are out. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein, you have a successful business there."

Only McLean Stevenson's decision to leave "M*A*S*H" in 1975 for his own show rivals Rowe's nixing of the Beatles as the worst decision made in the history of popular entertainment.
This post is from January 1, 2004. Oops, we've repeated ourselves here!
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Well, here's a Beatles anniversary we didn't cover last year:

On this date in 1969, January 2, the Beatles arrived at London's Twickenham film studios to begin rehearsing for a live TV speical, in which they planned to play some rock and roll oldies and ten new songs, including a couple of Paul's tunes, "Let It Be" and "Get Back." The special was expected to be played in an exotic locale, like a Greek ampitheatre or near the Egyptian pyramids.

But, umm, it wouldn't quite turn out like that.

By the time January 1969 was over, the project degenerated into recording an album in their new studio, which ended up in the vaults for over a year before finally seeing release in May 1970 as Let It Be.

You know the details, I won't repeat them.
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Well, here's a Beatles anniversary we didn't cover last year:

On this date in 1969, January 2, the Beatles arrived at London's Twickenham film studios to begin rehearsing for a live TV speical, in which they planned to play some rock and roll oldies and ten new songs, including a couple of Paul's tunes, "Let It Be" and "Get Back." The special was expected to be played in an exotic locale, like a Greek ampitheatre or near the Egyptian pyramids.

But, umm, it wouldn't quite turn out like that.

By the time January 1969 was over, the project degenerated into recording an album in their new studio, which ended up in the vaults for over a year before finally seeing release in May 1970 as Let It Be.

You know the details, I won't repeat them.
I know that. I have the album "Let It Be" since it came out in 1970 just a year after they recorded until the plan for an album scrapped until producer Phil Spector put out the finishing touches of the "Let It Be" album. The "Get Back" rehearsal was heard in numerous bootlegs and other stuff including "Anthology - Vol. 3". Nice info. It also have a movie of the same name came out the same year as the album came out.
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On this day in 1970, January 4, the Beatles held their final recording session as a group - minus John Lennon, who was away in Denmark. The "Threetles" spent ten hours taping overdubs on the song "Let It Be," including the guitar solo that appeared on the LP release remix, brass and cellos, and background harmonies. Except for a solo overdub or two later on, this is the final work the Beatles did on what became the Let It Be album before Phil Spector assembled it in March 1970.
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On this day in 1968, January 5, the Beatles's Magical Mystery Tour was shown in color - or colour, as the Brits put it - for the first time on a different BBC channel. Not that it mattered; showing the film in all its psychedelic glory wouldn't make it any better.
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On this day thirty years ago - January 5, 1975 - The Wiz,a disco-soul version of The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast, opened on Broadway.
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On yesterday's date, January 7 -

1955: Marian Anderson made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera."

1996: A ferocious blizzard crippled the northeastern United States, which most likely prompted several East Coast radio stations to play "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas. Meanwhile, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, stuck on an Amtrak train with several other passengers, entertained them with some songs he played on his guitar.
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Although we covered this anniversary on this thread one year ago, I have to repeat it because of the significance of this year's seventy-year anniversary milestone. . .

Elvis was born seventy years ago, January 8, 1935.

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On this day thirty years ago - January 5, 1975 - The Wiz,a disco-soul version of The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast, opened on Broadway.
There was also a movie version starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsy Russell since it was released three years later in theatres, it flopped big time.
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