On June 1, 1967, “Deram” label released the debut, self-titled David Bowie album. It was recorded November 1966 – February 1967, at “Decca Studios” in London,and was produced by Mike Vernon.
- David Bowie– vocals, guitar, saxophone, arrangement
- Derek Boyes –organ
- Dek Fearnley –bass guitar, Orchestral arrangement
- John Eager –drums
- Gus Dudgeon– engineer
All tracks by David Bowie.
- Uncle Arthur
- Sell Me a Coat
- Rubber Band
- Love You Till Tuesday
- There Is a Happy Land
- We Are Hungry Men
- When I Leave My Dream
- Little Bombardier
- Silly Boy Blue
- Come and Buy My Toys
- Join the Gang
- She’s Got Medals
- Maid of Bond Street
- Please Mr. Gravedigger
On May 26, 1967, “Parlaphone” label released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the eighth Beatles studio album. It was recorded 24 November 1966 – 21 April 1967, at “EMI Studios” and “Regent Sound Studio” in London, and was produced by George Martin. The album is regarded as the first concept and art album in popular music. “Time” magazine described it as “a historic departure in the progress of music” It was an immediate commercial and critical success, winning four “Grammy Awards” in 1968, including “Album of the Year”, becoming the first rock album to receive this award. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at number one in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. “Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature” (Professor Kevin J. Dettmar) described it as “the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded”.
- John Lennon– lead, harmony and background vocals; rhythm, acoustic and lead guitars; Hammond organ and final piano E chord; harmonica, tape loops, sound effects, and comb and tissue paper; hand claps, tambourine, maracas
- Paul McCartney– lead, harmony and background vocals; bass and lead guitars; electric and acoustic pianos, Lowrey and Hammond organs; hand claps; vocalisations, tape loops, sound effects, comb, tissue paper
- George Harrison– lead, harmony and background vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, sitar; tambourine, harmonica, kazoo, hand claps, maracas
- Ringo Starr– lead vocals, drums, congas, tambourine, maracas, handclaps and tubular bells, harmonica; final piano E chord
- Sounds Incorporated– the saxophone sextet on “Good morning, good morning”
- Neil Aspinall– tamboura, harmonica
- Geoff Emerick– audio engineering; tape loops and sound effects
- Mal Evans– counting, harmonica, alarm clock, final piano E chord
- George Martin– tape loops, sound effects, harpsichord , harmonium, Lowrey organ, glockenspiel, Hammond organ , piano , final harmonium chord
- Four French horns on “Sgt. Pep per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”: Neill Sanders, James W. Buck, John Burden, Tony Randall, arranged and conducted by George Martin and Paul McCartney,
- String section and harp on “She’s leaving home”, arranged by Mike Leander and conducted by George Martin
- Tabla, dilrubas, tamboura and swarmandalon “Within you without you”, played by members of the Asian Music Circle, with eight violins and four cellos arranged and conducted by George Harrison and George Martin
- Clarinet trio on “When I’m Sixty-Four”: Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie, Frank Reidy, arranged and conducted by George Martin and Paul McCartney
- Saxophones on “Good morning, good morning”, arranged and conducted by George Martin and John Lennon
- Forty-piece orchestra, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion; arranged by George Martin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and conducted by George Martin and Paul McCartney.
All tracks by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.
- Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- With a Little Help From My Friends
- Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
- Getting Better
- Fixing a Hole
- She’s Leaving Home
- Being for the Benefit of Kite
- Within You Without You – George Harrison
- When I’m Sixty Four
- Lovely Rita
- Good Morning Good Morning
- Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – reprise
- A Day in the Life
On May 27, 1977, “Virgin” label released “God Save the Queen”, the second Sex Pistols single. Track “Did You No Wrong” was the B side of the single. “God Save the Queen” was written by Glen Matlock, John Lydon, Paul Thomas Cook, Stephen and Philip Jones. The single was produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price. The cover art was by Jamie Reid. In 2001 it was ranked at number 1 in a list of the “100 Greatest Record Covers of all Time” by “Q” magazine.
On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an eight-day “bed in”, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded the song”Give Peace a Chance” in the hotel room.
On May 24, 1968, “Decca” label released “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, the 32nd Rolling Stones single. Track “Child of the Moon” was the B side of the single. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The single was produced by Jimmy Miller.
On April 28, 1968, the Broadway musical “Hair” opened at Biltmore Theater in New York City. The show featured the compositions “Aquarius”, “Let the sunshine in” the title “Hair” and “Good morning starshine”. The production went on for 1729 performances before the final closing on July 1, 1972.
On April 15, 2001, Jeffrey Ross Hyman aka Joey Ramone died aged 49. He was musician, singer, song-writer, best known as lead vocalist of the Ramones. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.
On April 13, 1971, The Rolling Stones released “Brown Sugar” the first record on the “Rolling Stones Records”, their own label. It was this record that introduced the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.
On April 10,1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split. McCartney said, “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John”.
On March 27, 2014, “Mercury” label released “Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road super deluxe edition box”. This 40th anniversary limited edition box set comes as 4 CD / 1 DVD box set with a hardback book, the original recordings, a previously unavailable and the legendary concert at the London Hammersmith Odeon and new cover versions by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imedla May, John Grant, Miguel featuring Wale, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.