This Day in Rock History

On this day in rock history:

  • 1961 – Bob Dylan made his concert debut at Carnegie Hall. 58 people attended (mostly Bob’s personal friends). Bob’s take of the box office was $20
  • 1965 – Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs” (also known as “Yesterday”) hit number one on the charts
  • 1969 – Abbey Road, the Beatles’ final masterpiece, was released in the UK (yes, the Beatles get more than one mention because, well, they’re the Beatles)
  • 1975 – Pink Floyd’s concept album Wish You Were Here became the number one LP in America (Free cup of virtual coffee for anyone who knows what “LP” is short for.)
  • 1980 – Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” rather prophetically became the longest running number one hit of the band’s career
  • 1988 – John Lennon’s album Imagine was released worldwide…and the rest is history

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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23 Responses to This Day in Rock History

  1. I wanted to go to Dylan’s first concert, but only being one year old at the time made it difficult to arrange the travel.

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  2. Hi Mitch… hope all is going well in your life. It’s hard to imagine how Imagine hadn’t reached every corner of our world until 1988. That’s actually something I didn’t know prior to taking your musical memory lane tour.

    The “A” to your “Q” is Long Playing. Make my virtual coffee a cup of medium roast espresso with skim milk and one tsp of sugar. To help keep our Trivial Pursuit game going… what do the following numbers 78 – 45 – 33 1/3 – 16 2/3 all have in common? Bonus Q: What was reason for 16 2/3?

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    • mitchteemley says:

      The virtual barista is steaming your brew now, Tom. Those are rpms (revolutions per minute). 16s (technically 16 2/3, as you point out) played longer, but were only used for spoken language records due to their poorer quality sound reproduction.

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      • Thanks for the coffee! It really hit the spot on this coolish, early fall p.m. There probably aren’t too many Qs we could pose that would stump either of us. I do recall having a lot of long, long, long ago fun playing faster rpm records at that 16 2/3 speed.

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  3. VocareMentor says:

    I wonder how many people under the age of 35 will get the Who’s On First reference.

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  4. cricketmuse says:

    But is it Long Play or Long Playing? How RPM? Get a virtual donut with that java?

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  5. cricketmuse says:

    Loved the Abba and Costello, btw.

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  6. cricketmuse says:

    Actually it was Nov 4 that Dylan played “small” Carnegie Hall (the annex)

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  7. The ABBA and Costello meme alone got you this ‘like’ Teemly. Don’t let it happen again. 😉

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  8. Great info Mitch. I am late but, I knew Long Play, and I really enjoyed seeing the Utensils band.

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  9. Nancy Ruegg says:

    During my growing-up years it was classical music that resonated through the house. Dad would often ask, “What’s this composition? Who wrote it?” Now Dad is 94. On a recent visit we were listening to–you guessed it–classical music, and I proudly said, “Dad–I know this one! It’s Grieg’s First Piano Concerto!” After the slightest pause and with a twinkle in his eye, he asked, “What key?” Have to wonder how many people would know THAT one! P.S. The answer is: A Minor–just so no one loses any sleep over it.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I loved classical growing up, too, Nancy. Beatles, Beethoven, Bob (Dylan), Bach, Beach Boys, Bernstein. Something about the Bs. Seriously, though, I am a fan of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite.


  10. Brilliant and another great giggle–thanks Mitch!!!!

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  11. cat9984 says:

    Bob Dylan made his debut at Carnegie Hall?

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