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On January 16, 2021.

On January 16, 2021, Harvey Phillip Spector died aged 81. He was musician (guitar, piano), vocalist, songwriter and music producer. He developed music production “Wall of Sound”, he described as “Wagnerian approach to rock and roll”. Spector started the music career as member of the band Teddy Bears, at age of 21 he co-founded “Philles Records” and became the youngest ever US label owner to that point. In the 60’s he wrote songs or produced music for The Ronettes, The Crystals, Ike & Tina Turner, produced Beatles album “Let It Be”, and few solo John Lennon and George Harrison recordings. He also worked with Leonard Cohen, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, The Wrecking Crew, The Righteous Brothers, and The Ramones. In 1973 Spector won “Grammy Award for Album of the Year” for co-producing Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh”, in 1989 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 1997 he was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number 63 on their list of “The Greatest Artists in History”.In 2009, he was convicted for the 2003 murder of the actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, where he died.

On May 7, 2013.

On May 7, 2013, “Nonesuch” label released “Walking Shadows”, the 15th Joshua Redman studio album. It was recorded in September 2012, at “Avatar Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Brad Mehldau.

Personnel:

  • Joshua Redman– tenor saxophone
  • Brad Mehldau– piano
  • Larry Grenadier– bass
  • Brian Blade– drums
  • Dan Coleman- string arrangements, orchestra director
  • Avril Brown – violin
  • Christina Courtin– violin
  • Karen Karlsrud – violin
  • Ann Leathers – violin
  • Katherine Livolsi-Landau – violin
  • Joanna Maurer – violin
  • Courtney Orlando – violin
  • Yuri Vodovos – violin
  • Vincent Lionti – viola
  • Daniel Panner – viola
  • Dov Scheindlin – viola
  • Stephanie Cummins – cello
  • Eugene Moye – cello
  • Ellen Westermann – cello
  • Timothy Cobb– bass
  • Pamela Sklar – flute
  • Robert Carlisle – French horn

Track listing:

  1. The Folks Who Live on the Hill – Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
  2. Lush Life – Billy Strayhorn
  3. Stop This Train – John Mayer, Pino Palladino
  4. Adagio – Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Easy Living – Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
  6. Doll Is Mine – Amadeo Maria Pace, Kazu Makino, Simone Maria Pace
  7. Infant Eyes – Wayne Shorter
  8. Let It Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  9. Final Hour – Joshua Redman
  10. The Last Glimpse of Gotham – Brad Mehldau
  11. Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish
  12. Let Me Down Easy – Joshua Redman

 

On January 15, 1970.

On January 15, 1970, “Atlantic” label released “This Girl’s in Love with You”, the sixteenth Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded January 8 – 9, and October 3, 1969, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin– vocals, piano
  • Duane Allman– guitar
  • Barry Beckett– keyboards
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Eddie Hinton– guitar
  • David Hood– bass
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitar
  • Jerry Weaver – guitar
  • Robert Honablue – engineering
  • King Curtis– tenor saxophone, horns

Track listing:

  1. Son of a Preacher Man – John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
  2. Share Your Love with Me – Al Braggs, Deadric Malone
  3. The Dark End of the Street – Chips Moman, Dan Penn
  4. Let It Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  5. Eleanor Rigby – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  6. This Girl’s in Love with You – Burt Bacharach,  Hal David
  7. It Ain’t Fair – Ronnie Miller
  8. The Weight – Robbie Robertson
  9. Call Me – Aretha Franklin
  10. Sit Down and Cry – Clyde Otis, Lou Stallman

In July 1971.

In July 1971, “Vanguard” label released “Blessed Are…”, the thirteen Joan Baez studio album. It was recorded in 1971, at “Quadrafonic Sound Studios” in Nashville, Tennessee, and was produced by Norbert Putnam and Jack Lothrop

Personnel:

  • Joan Baez – guitar, vocals
  • Norman Blake– dobro, guitar
  • David Briggs– keyboards
  • Kenneth A. Buttrey–drums
  • The Holladay – singers
  • Ed Logan – tenor saxophone
  • Charlie McCoy– harmonica
  • Norbert Putnam– bass, arranger
  • Buddy Spicher– violin
  • Pete Wade – guitar
  • Gene Eichelberger – engineer
  • Dave Harris – artwork
  • Jim Marshall– photography
  • Jobriath– design

Track listing:

All tracks by Joan Baez; except where noted.

  1. Blessed Are…
  2. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Robbie Robertson
  3. Salt of the Earth – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  4. Three Horses
  5. The Brand New Tennessee Waltz – Jesse Winchester
  6. Last, Lonely and Wretched
  7. Lincoln Freed Me Today (The Slave) – David Paton
  8. Outside the Nashville City Limits
  9. San Francisco Mabel Joy – Mickey Newbury
  10. When Time Is Stolen
  11. Heaven Help Us All – Ronald Miller
  12. Angeline – Mickey Newbury
  13. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Kris Kristofferson
  14. Let It Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  15. Put Your Hand in the Hand – Gene MacLellan
  16. Gabriel and Me
  17. Milanese Waltz/Marie Flore
  18. The Hitchhikers’ Song
  19. The 33rd of August – Mickey Newbury
  20. Fifteen Months

In May 1971.

In May 1971, “Sussex” label released “Just As I Am”, the debut Bill Withers studio album. It was recorded in 1971, at “Sunset Sound”, “Wally Heider Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Booker T. Jones.The album song “Ain’t No Sunshine”, was ranked at number 280 on “Rolling Stone’s” magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Bill Withers – guitar, vocals
  • Stephen Stills– guitar
  • Chris Ethridge- bass
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Booker T. Jones– guitar, keyboards
  • Bobbye Hall– percussion
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn– bass
  • Al Jackson Jr.– drums

Track listing:.

All tracks by Bill Withers; except where noted.

  1. Harlem
  2. Ain’t No Sunshine
  3. Grandma’s Hands
  4. Sweet Wanomi
  5. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Fred Neil
  6. Do it Good
  7. Hope She’ll Be Happier
  8. Let it Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  9. I’m Her Daddy
  10. In My Heart
  11. Moanin’ and Groanin’
  12. Better Off Dead

On October 2, 1984.

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On October 2, 1984, “Twin / Tone Records” label released “Let It Be” the third Replacements studio album. It was recorded August 1983 – February 1984, at “Blackberry Way Studios” in Minneapolis, and was produced by Steve Fjelstad, Peter Jesperso and Paul Westerberg. In 2003 “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Let it Be” at number 239 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album opening track “I Will Dare” has been inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.

Personnel:

  • Chris Mars– drums, vocals
  • Bob Stinson– lead guitar
  • Tommy Stinson– bass guitar
  • Paul Westerberg– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, mandolin, lapsteel
  • Peter Buck– guitar solo
  • Chan Poling– piano

Track listing:

  1. I Will Dare – Paul Westerberg
  2. Favorite Thing – Paul Westerberg,Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson, Chris Mars
  3. We’re Comin’ Out – Paul Westerberg,Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson, Chris Mars
  4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out – Paul Westerberg,Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson, Chris Mars
  5. Androgynous – Paul Westerberg
  6. Black Diamond – Paul Stanley
  7. Unsatisfied – Paul Westerberg
  8. Seen Your Video – Paul Westerberg
  9. Gary’s Got a Boner – Paul Westerberg,Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson, Chris Mars
  10. Sixteen Blue – Paul Westerberg
  11. Answering Machine – Paul Westerberg

 

On September 26, 1969.

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On September 26, 1969, “Apple Records” label released “Abbey Road” the eleventh Beatles studio album. It was recorded February 22 – August 20, 1969, at “EMI Studios”,  “Olympic Studios”  and  “Trident Studios” in London, and was produced by George Martin. The album recording sessions were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although “Let It Be” was the final Beatles album before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the “Abbey Road” sessions began.The album cover The album cover was designed by “Apple Records” creative director Kosh, and It is the only original UK Beatles album sleeve to show neither the artist name nor the album title on its front cover. The cover has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of recorded music. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Abbey Road” at number 14 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album was certified Diamond in Argentina by “CAPIF”; 3 x Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”; Diamond in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”; 5 x Platinum in New Zealand by “RMNZ”; 2 x Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and 12 x Platinum in the US by “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • John Lennon– lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm guitars; acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer; white noise generatorand sound effects; percussion
  • Paul McCartney– lead, harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and bass guitars; acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer; sound effects;wind chimes, handclaps and percussion
  • George Harrison– harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and bass guitars; Hammond organ, harmonium and Moog synthesizer; handclaps and percussion; lead vocals
  • Ringo Starr– drums and percussion; background vocals; lead vocals
  • George Martin– piano, harpsichord, organ and harmonium; percussion
  • Billy Preston– Hammond organ
  • Mal Evans– “anvil”
  • Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” orchestrated and conducted by George Martin and George Harrison
  • “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End” orchestrated and conducted by George Martin and Paul McCartney
  • Recordedby Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald
  • Assistant Engineering by Alan Parsons
  • Mixedby Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald and George Martin (with the Beatles)
  • Moog programmingby Mike Vickers

Track listing:

All tracks by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.

  1. Come Together
  2. Something – George Harrison
  3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus’s Garden – Ringo Starr
  6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr. Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End
  17. Her Majesty

 

 

On May 8, 1970.

Let It Be

On May 8, 1970, “Apple” label released “Let It Be”, the twelve and final Beatles studio album. It was recorded February 1968, January–February 1969, January; March–April 1970, at “Abbey Road Studios” and “Apple Studios” and “Twickenham Film Studios” in London, and was produced by Phil Spector. The album was released at the same time with a motion picture of the same name. In 2012, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Let it Be” at number 392 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album was certified Platinum in Australia by the “ARIA”; 3 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Gold in France by “SNEP”; Gold in UK by the “BPI” and 4 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • John Lennon– lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar, six-string bass guitar, whistling
  • Paul McCartney– lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar,  piano, Hammond organ. electric piano, maracas
  • George Harrison– lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, tambura, tuned-down six-string electric guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr– drums, percussion
  • Richard Anthony Hewson– string and brass arrangements
  • John Barham– choral arrangements
  • George Martin– shaker, string and brass arrangements , production
  • Linda McCartney– backing vocals
  • Billy Preston– electric piano, Hammond organ
  • Brian Rogers– string and brass arrangements
  • Glyn Johns– audio engineering, mixing
  • Alan Parsons– assistant engineer
  • George Martin– producer, original mixing (uncredited)
  • Phil Spector– final mixing

Track listing:

All tracks by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.

  1. Two of Us
  2. Dig a Pony
  3. Across the Universe
  4. I Me Mine – George Harrison
  5. Dig It – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,Richard Starkey
  6. Let it Be
  7. Maggie Mae – trad. arranged by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,Richard Starkey
  8. I’ve Got a Feeling
  9. One After 909
  10. The Long and Winding Road
  11. For you Blue – George Harrison
  12. Get Back