This Week In Music History

Good morning and happy final Friday in September. But just because September is ending, fall is just beginning, somewhat like the career if the Beatles on this day in 1963. Famous New York deejay, Murray the K knew little of the stir he was about to cause when he received a copy of the Beatles’ “She Loves You”. Thinking he heard some potential, he played it on the radio and became the first to spin John, Paul, George and Ringo in the U.S. (yea, yea, yea!)

Later on in 1968, the boys from Liverpool struck again with a song inspired by John’s son, Julian. “Hey Jude” topped the singles charts and stayed there for nine weeks. It was the longest running single to ever hit the Hot 100 with a run time of seven minutes and eleven seconds. The only other song to grace the airwaves with a long run time was Richard Harris’s 1968 single “MacArthur Park”.

Finally today in 1963, Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan made the charts. It was his second release and his first to include mostly original tracks. This year’s release, Tempest, debuted on the Billboard 200 at number three. All the tracks on Tempest are fully original with the exception of “Duquesne Whistle” which he co-wrote with Robert Hunter, an American lyricist best known for his association with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Bob Dylan will be playing at the TD Garden on November 18th and you can catch tracks from Tempest all day long today on WERS!

By Alex Parker

If you liked this, check out:
Discover: “Tempest”
Artist Of The Week: Bob Dylan

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