This Week in Music History

Snowball BeatlesGood Morning!  I hope whatever post-Valentine’s glow we all collectively have can melt some of this snow… let’s take our minds off of the small mountain range that you still haven’t dug your car out of and reflect on some music history!

It was a big week for The Beatles, as February 11th, 1963 saw them recording Please Please Me, their first British album, at the legendary Abbey Road studios.  All of it.  In under 10 hours.  And John Lennon was sick the whole time.  The story goes that the boys nailed “Twist And Shout” in one take… I guess when you got it, you got it.  The album was released 5 weeks later – you just don’t see that kind of turnaround nowadays.

The following February 11th (in 1964) was also a big one for the Fab Four.  They played their first U.S. concert in Washington D.C.  Later that night, they were feted by the British Ambassador to the United States with a masked ball (the 60s sound awesome).  The British Prime Minister was also supposed to attend, but showed up late to avoid being upstaged.  Way to support your fellow countrymen, man.

On February 13th, 1950, Ralph and Edith Gabriel welcomed their son Peter into the world.  He would go on to front the much, much better version of Genesis or the much, much worse version of Genesis, depending on your opinion of Phil Collins.  After his departure from that band, he went on to have a very successful solo career and just this last year toured in honor of the 25th anniversary of his 1986 opus, So.  Don’t try and do the math, just let the man do what he wants.

In keeping with the theme of major beginnings for British artists (albums, U.S concerts, life), on this day in 1977 the most recognized version of The Sex Pistols came into being when a “super-fan” named John Simon Ritchie was brought in to replace bassist Glen Matlock.  The most commonly given reason for the switch?  Matlock apparently never shut up about The Beatles.  I mean, I understand if you’re not comfortable with the direction that the band’s going and all, but if said band is a huge media sensation maybe, I don’t know, try not to lose your job just because you want to talk about Paul McCartney.  Just give it a rest.  Oh, and Ritchie?  You might know him as Sid Vicious.

By Bentley J. Holt

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