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Good morning and happy Friday! The final TGIF for August of 2012. For some people Friday is payday and this Friday specifically back in 1969 was payday for a certain man named Bob Dylan. On Friday August 31, 1969 Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance since his near fatal motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, NY just three years prior in July of 1966. During his performance Dylan played an hour set that was backed by The Band at Britain’s Isle of Wight Festival. 2012 also lends itself to being a year of exciting times for Dylan as well with the very fast approaching release of his upcoming album. Tempest, Dylan’s latest record and what will be his thirty-fifth studio release is set to drop on September 12, 2012. Reportedly sporting a hefty fourteen minute title track paying homage to the RMS Titanic as well as “Roll on John”, a tribute to John Lennon and his work this album is certainly something to look forward to. More exciting news comes with the announcement of a Fall 2012 tour alongside the likes of Mark Knopfler. Dylan will be stopping in Holyoke MA at Mountain Park on September 7th as well as playing the TD Garden in Boston on November 18th.
Also back in August of 1963, The Ronnettes were experiencing some good vibrations as well. The group’s single “Be My Baby”, written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, was released and debuted on the singles chart reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart and number four on the UK’s Record Retailer as well as on the R&B chart. The song was listed as number twenty two on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and in 1999 the track was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2006, the Library of Congress honored The Ronnettes version by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.
Today also celebrates the birthday of Van Morrison. His upcoming thirty-fourth studio album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, will be released on October 2, 2012. He turns 67 today. And speaking of Van Morrison, don’t miss your chance to see him live in Ireland on October 20 with the help of WERS. Listen in on September 10 for your chance to win two tickets to see the show in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as two round trip tickets and hotel accommodations for three nights. Everyone who pledges to WERS by listening in on September 10 will be automatically entered to win. You can also enter by simply sending your name and contact info to WERS. What better way to celebrate?