1965 demo system
Four years later to the day, the synthesizer is heard by a large audience at a jazz concert in NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. Participating with Robert Moog is early synth collaborator (later Professor of EM at Hofstra) Herbert Deutsch. ▷Deutsch interview▹
- Short History of the Minimoog synth (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
Brian 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.
Quiz: Name their first hit & the composer? ▷Answer▹
Eponymous alt-rock album Tracy Chapman becomes an international #1, largely on the strength of Grammy-winning single Fast Car (US#6).
Along the lines of Cat Stevens meets Janis Ian. Chapman‘s second album Crossroads also reaches UK#1 (Int’l top-10). At the 1989 Grammies Tracy wins the Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Contemporary Folk awards.
She’s continued to win international awards since, getting a US#1 for Give Me One Reason from 1995 album New Beginning (US#4,CA#1,AU#6), releasing 8 albums by 2008.
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By 2009 the band has released 9 studio albums, selling 60M worldwide. Its Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs number in the hundreds; 72 are released in 2000-1 alone. Rear View Mirror, 2006
( Website ) ▷RS:Five Against the World▹
On January 7, 1955, she becomes the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Birthday of Leonard Bernstein, famed US composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Apart from his leadership of the New York Philharmonic, he’s perhaps best known for the music of West Side Story, and for a groundbreaking music TV series that includes 53 Young People’s Concerts beginning in 1962.
Oh yeah, and -like everything else- a classy website.
‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’ brings color, and Judy Garland, into the mainstream. Oh … and Toto too! (Interesting: compare ‘Over the Rainbow’ to ‘Somewhere’.)
Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen‘s third album Born to Run is released. Reaching US#3 it eventually sells 6M copies.