The ever-popular symphonic suite by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was completed in 1888. His widow was not happy with the Ballet’s adaptation. Moscow Symphony
The story is of the legendary Persian queen and storyteller of the famous middle-East folk-tale collection One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of sometimes erotic tales possibly best known in a Western version by Sir Richard Francis Burton.
Audio: NPR 2007 Burton Nights
The jaunty tune, half-written by Paul Simon, is in concert (sorry) with its up-beat era. Managed by Brian Epstein, they open for The Beatles on 14 dates that summer. on August 27 The Cyrkle returns to the top-20, yes a second time, with US#16 hippie-surfer feelgood single Turn-Down Day.
Epstein’s death … and the fact that they could and did turn down recording 59th Street Bridge Song … brought an end to the band’s fortune, tho one of them went on to write the ‘Plop-plop fizz-fizz’ commercial jingle.
The Sex Pistols play the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. A few dozen are there for the ‘transforming experience’. BBC:I swear that I was there (49m)
Bruce Springsteen releases his best-selling album Born in the U.S.A.
An international #1 hit, it spawns seven US top-10 singles, including Dancing in the Dark (US#2) , I’m on Fire (US#6) and Glory Days (US#5). The title track is about how Americans have been affected by the Vietnam War.