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Feature Year: 1974 – 9am ET

1974January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium. It’s Dylan’s first time on the road since 1966.
January 17 – Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single “Help Me” reaching the highest moment of commercial success. Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns.
February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret.
February 12 – New York’s rock club, Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village. The first headlining act is Dr. John.
February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada.
February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are finally resolved. The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement.
February 18 – Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show. Kiss releases their self-titled debut album.
February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys.
February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club.
March 16 – Country music’s Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee
March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York.
April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri’s.
April 6 – 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Eagles. Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, Brighton, England, with the song “Waterloo”, kickstarting their stellar international career.
April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band’s 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.
April 25 – Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison’s widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose.
May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days.
May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley. The performers included Michael Nyman and Brian Eno.
June 5 – Patti Smith records “Hey Joe”, her debut single which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August.
June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year previously Bowie had announced he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James.
July 19-21 – Ozark Music Festival is held in Sedalia, Missouri with a crowd estimated between 100,000 to 350,000 people.
July 20 – The first Knebworth Concert is held in England, headlined by The Allman Brothers Band.
July 29 – Having performed at two sold-out concerts at the London Palladium, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot dies in her sleep after suffering a heart attack in a Mayfair flat in London, aged 32. Neil Peart officially joins Rush.
August 7 – Peter Wolf, lead singer of The J. Geils Band, marries actress Faye Dunaway.
August 17 – Ramones make their CBGB debut. The venue would help establish their place at the forefront of punk rock.
September 15 – Gary Thain of Uriah Heep is shocked on stage at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and is seriously injured.
October 5 – AC/DC performs its first official show with Bon Scott as its new lead singer.
October 18 – Al Green is attacked in the shower by a girlfriend. She scalds his body with a pan of boiling grits and commits suicide a few moments later.
November 2 – George Harrison launches his “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in Vancouver. It’s Harrison’s first tour since the Beatles North American Tour of 1966.
November 21 – Wilson Pickett is arrested in Andes, New York after allegedly firing a bullet through the door of a hotel room he was staying at while on a hunting trip with The Isley Brothers.
November 28 – John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden for three songs. It would be Lennon’s last stage performance.
December 12 – Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones after 6 years.
December 31 – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac. The third annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, moving this year from NBC to ABC, is aired with performances by Herbie Hancock, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Olivia Newton-John and The Doobie Brothers.

Feature Year: 1974 9am ET

1974January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium. It’s Dylan’s first time on the road since 1966.
January 17 – Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single “Help Me” reaching the highest moment of commercial success.  Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns.
February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret.
February 12 – New York’s rock club, Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village. The first headlining act is Dr. John.
February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada.
February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are finally resolved. The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement.
February 18 – Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show.  Kiss releases their self-titled debut album.
February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys.
February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club.
March 16 – Country music’s Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee
March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York.
April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri’s.
April 6 – 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Eagles.  Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, Brighton, England, with the song “Waterloo”, kickstarting their stellar international career.
April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band’s 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.
April 25 – Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison’s widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose.
May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days.
May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley. The performers included Michael Nyman and Brian Eno.
June 5 – Patti Smith records “Hey Joe”, her debut single which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August.
June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year previously Bowie had announced he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James.
July 19-21 – Ozark Music Festival is held in Sedalia, Missouri with a crowd estimated between 100,000 to 350,000 people.
July 20 – The first Knebworth Concert is held in England, headlined by The Allman Brothers Band.
July 29 – Having performed at two sold-out concerts at the London Palladium, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot dies in her sleep after suffering a heart attack in a Mayfair flat in London, aged 32.  Neil Peart officially joins Rush.
August 7 – Peter Wolf, lead singer of The J. Geils Band, marries actress Faye Dunaway.
August 17 – Ramones make their CBGB debut. The venue would help establish their place at the forefront of punk rock.
September 15 – Gary Thain of Uriah Heep is shocked on stage at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and is seriously injured.
October 5 – AC/DC performs its first official show with Bon Scott as its new lead singer.
October 18 – Al Green is attacked in the shower by a girlfriend. She scalds his body with a pan of boiling grits and commits suicide a few moments later.
November 2 – George Harrison launches his “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in Vancouver. It’s Harrison’s first tour since the Beatles North American Tour of 1966.
November 21 – Wilson Pickett is arrested in Andes, New York after allegedly firing a bullet through the door of a hotel room he was staying at while on a hunting trip with The Isley Brothers.
November 28 – John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden for three songs. It would be Lennon’s last stage performance.
December 12 – Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones after 6 years.
December 31 – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac. 

Artist Countdown: John Lennon Top 20 Hits 10pm ET

 

John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

1   (Just Like) Starting Over
2   Woman
3   Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
4   Power to the People
5   Watching the Wheels
6   Give Peace a Chance
7   Stand by Me
8   Imagine
9   Mind Games
10   Mother
11   Nobody Told Me
12   Whatever Gets You thru the Night
13   Cold Turkey
14   #9 Dream
15   Woman Is the Nigger of the World
16   Love
17   Borrowed Time
18   I’m Stepping Out
19   Jealous Guy
20   Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him

 

Feature LP: The Beatles (White Album) 2pm ET

The Beatles is the ninth official album by the English rock group The Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is also commonly known as “The White Album” as it has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve.

The album was written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968. Returning to the studio, the group recorded from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on two tracks. Many of the songs were “solo” recordings, or at least by less than the full group, as each individual member began to explore his own talent. – Ctsy Wikipedia

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. Back in the U.S.S.R. McCartney 2:43
2. Dear Prudence Lennon 3:56
3. Glass Onion Lennon 2:17
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da McCartney 3:08
5. Wild Honey Pie McCartney 0:52
6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill Lennon with Yoko Ono 3:14
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (George Harrison) Harrison 4:45
8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun Lennon 2:43
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. Martha My Dear McCartney 2:28
2. I’m So Tired Lennon 2:03
3. Blackbird McCartney 2:18
4. Piggies” (Harrison) Harrison 2:04
5. Rocky Raccoon McCartney 3:33
6. Don’t Pass Me By” (Richard Starkey) Starr 3:51
7. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? McCartney 1:41
8. I Will McCartney 1:46
9. Julia Lennon 2:54
Side three
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. Birthday McCartney with Lennon 2:42
2. Yer Blues Lennon 4:01
3. Mother Nature’s Son McCartney 2:48
4. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey Lennon 2:24
5. Sexy Sadie Lennon 3:15
6. Helter Skelter McCartney 4:29
7. Long, Long, Long” (Harrison) Harrison 3:04
Side four
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. Revolution 1 Lennon 4:15
2. Honey Pie McCartney 2:41
3. Savoy Truffle” (Harrison) Harrison 2:54
4. Cry Baby Cry Lennon, with McCartney 3:02
5. Revolution 9 Speaking from Lennon, Harrison, George Martin and Yoko Ono 8:22
6. Good Night Starr 3:13

Feature LP: Billy Joel – My Lives Box Set (2005) 12pm ET

My Lives is a box set compilation of demos, outtakes, B-sides, soundtrack cuts, live recordings and album cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel.  It was released on November 22, 2005. The album name is derivative of the Billy Joel song “My Life.” The liner notes were written by long time Rolling Stone magazine contributor Anthony DeCurtis.  It was Joel’s 20th album to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at #171 in December 2005.

 

Disc One

  1. “My Journey’s End” – The Lost Souls (Demo, Never Released) – 2:07
  2. “Time And Time Again” – The Lost Souls (Demo, Never Released) – 2:00
  3. “Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make)” – The Hassles (Album Version) (William Joel, T. Michaels, V. Gorman) – 2:28
  4. “You’ve Got Me Hummin'” – The Hassles (Album Version) (Isaac HayesDavid Porter) – 2:28
  5. “Amplifier Fire (Part 1)” – Attila (Heavily Edited) (William Joel, Jonathan Small) – 3:06
  6. “Only A Man” (Demo, Never Released) – 3:16
  7. She’s Got a Way” (Album Version) – 2:56
  8. “Oyster Bay” (Demo, Never Released) – 3:44
  9. Piano Man” (Demo, Never Released) – 2:52
  10. “The Siegfried Line” (Demo, Never Released) – 2:35
  11. “New Mexico” (Demo, Never Released) (Became “Worse Comes To Worst“) – 2:37
  12. “Cross To Bear” (Demo, Never Released) – 4:20
  13. “Miami 2017” (Demo, Never Released) – 4:50
  14. “These Rhinestone Days” (Demo, Never Released) (Became “I’ve Loved These Days“) – 3:00
  15. “Everybody Has A Dream” (Album Version) – 4:36
  16. Only the Good Die Young” (Alternate Version, Never Released) – 3:39
  17. Until the Night” (Album Version) – 6:38
  18. “Zanzibar” (Album Version, Unfaded) – 6:47
  19. It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me” (Album Version) – 2:58

Disc Two

  1. Captain Jack” (Live Version, Never Released) – 7:22
  2. “The End of the World” (Demo, Never Released) (Became “Elvis Presley Blvd.”) – 3:22
  3. “The Prime of Your Life” (Demo, Never Released) (Became “The Longest Time“) – 3:43
  4. “She’s Right on Time” (Album Version) – 4:14
  5. “Elvis Presley Blvd.” (B-Side of Allentown) – 3:15
  6. “Nobody Knows But Me” (from In Harmony II) – 2:55
  7. An Innocent Man” (Album Version) – 5:19
  8. “Christie Lee” (Demo, Never Released) – 4:02
  9. “Easy Money” (Album Version) – 4:06
  10. And So It Goes” (Demo, Never Released) – 3:14
  11. I’ll Cry Instead” (Live, B-Side of An Innocent Man) (John LennonPaul McCartney) – 2:25
  12. Keeping the Faith” (Unrealeased Dance Remix) – 4:54 Incorrectly listed as the 12″ Remix, which originally ran for 5:27
  13. Modern Woman” (Album Version) – 3:51
  14. Baby Grand” duet with Ray Charles (Album Version) – 4:05
  15. “Getting Closer” duet with Steve Winwood (Alternate Version, Never released) – 5:39
  16. “House of Blue Light” (B-Side of “We Didn’t Start the Fire“) – 4:45
  17. “Money or Love” (Demo, Never Released) – 4:02
  18. The Times They Are A-Changin’” (Live Album Version) (Bob Dylan) – 2:54

Disc Three

  1. The Downeaster” “Alexa”” (Album Version) – 3:45
  2. I Go to Extremes” (Live, Never Released) – 4:53
  3. Shout” (Live) (O’Kelley IsleyRonald IsleyRudolph Isley) – 5:50
  4. All Shook Up” (B-side) (Otis BlackwellElvis Presley) – 2:09
  5. Heartbreak Hotel” (Soundtrack) (May Boren AxtonTommy DurdenElvis Presley) – 3:21
  6. When You Wish Upon a Star” (Soundtrack) (Leigh HarlineNed Washington) – 3:42
  7. In a Sentimental Mood” (Soundtrack) (Duke EllingtonManny KurtzIrving Mills) – 4:02
  8. “Motorcycle Song” (Demo, Never Released) (Became “All About Soul“) – 4:19
  9. “You Picked A Real Bad Time” (B-side) – 4:56
  10. The River of Dreams” (Alternate Version, Never Released) – 5:49
  11. A Hard Day’s Night” (Live) (John LennonPaul McCartney) – 2:47
  12. “Light As The Breeze” (Album Version) (Leonard Cohen) – 6:14
  13. To Make You Feel My Love” (Album Version) (Bob Dylan) – 3:52
  14. “Hey Girl” (Album Version) (Gerry GoffinCarole King) – 3:57
  15. “Why Should I Worry” (Soundtrack) (Dan HartmanCharlie Midnight) – 3:33
  16. “Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day?)” (Soundtrack) (Harold LoganJohn PattonLloyd Price) – 1:58
  17. “Highway 61 Revisited” (Demo, Never Released) (Bob Dylan) – 5:11

Disc Four

  1. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (Live) – 3:44
  2. You May Be Right” duet with Elton John (Live, Never Released) – 4:50
  3. Big Shot” (Live) – 4:45
  4. Don’t Worry Baby” (Live) (Roger Christin, Brian Wilson) – 3:27
  5. Goodnight Saigon” – Vietnam Veterans Version (Live) – 6:30
  6. “Los Angelenos” (Live 1980) – 3:54
  7. New York State of Mind” (Live) – 6:01
  8. “Opus 1. Soliloquy (On A Separation)” – 11:22
  9. “Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) I. Innamorato” – 7:46
  10. “Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) II. Sorbetto” – 1:31
  11. “Opus 8. Suite For Piano (Star-Crossed) III. Delusion” – 3:35
  12. “Elegy: The Great Peconic” – 6:51
  13. “Glass Houses Promo Talk” – 9:00

Disc Five (DVD)

Live from the River of Dreams Tour:
  1. No Man’s Land
  2. Pressure
  3. The Ballad of Billy the Kid
  4. Leningrad
  5. Allentown
  6. My Life
  7. I Go to Extremes
  8. “Shades Of Grey”
  9. The River of Dreams
  10. Goodnight Saigon
  11. We Didn’t Start the Fire
  12. A Hard Day’s Night
  13. Big Shot
  14. Piano Man
  15. I Go to Extremes” – “Umixit” Track
  16. “Zanzibar” – “Umixit” Track