On This Day…
1964 – All four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniles, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’
1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit.
2002 – A federal judge in St. Louis dismissed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry by Johnnie Johnson, a piano player and former collaborator who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966. The songs in question included ‘No Particular Place To Go’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, and ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Johnson’s lawsuit argued that he and Berry were co-writers on many of the songs, but because Berry copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnson got none of the royalties. The judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit.
Brand New Music
Joanna Newsom | Divers
It was a pretty busy week for Joanna as she put herself, and her new record, in the spotlight by calling out Spotify for being “a villainous cabal of major labels […] built from the ground up a way to circumvent the idea of paying their artists.” Pretty incendiary stuff that Spotify (or any other streaming service) has yet to answer for. Regardless of all of this, her record speaks for itself. Classic Newsom-esque lyricism and rich, beautiful instrumentation harkens back to exactly why people love Joanna’s music in the first place. Charming, bewitching and incredibly distinctive, Newsome continues to outdo herself time and time again.
Maia Vidal | You’re the Waves
Sparkling, imaginative and showing a great range in pop sensibility, the newest one from Maia Vidal showcases her absolutely embarrassing amount of talent. Remaining dark and brooding even while staying quirky – Vidal satisfies her hardcore fans, but she still finds ways to really have fun with this.
Fuzz | II
Ty Segall and his merry band of longhairs, Fuzz, are out to melt your faces off. Harder, heavier, eerier, catchier, and particularly more punk than their first offering, II is a gut-buster built on a solid foundation of stoner-psychedelia.