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Spring is almost upon us, listeners, and what better way to thaw yourself out than with a little crash course education? There’s plenty of music history to go around this week, so let’s get down to it.
It’s another year older, another year wiser for a number of male musical powerhouses this week. Celebrating a birthday today is the infamous frontman and founder of The Who, Roger Daltrey, who hits 69 but certainly hasn’t let his getting on in age prevent him from continuing to tour with the new Who lineup and produce his own solo work. Also celebrating birthday this week are Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones (February 28th), Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (March 2nd), Throwback Thursday feature and Velvet Underground sensation Lou Reed (March 2nd), and Jon Bon Jovi hits age 51 (March 2nd).
This week also marks a number of big moments in rock, featuring boys behaving badly. This day in 1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested for allegedly displaying his manhood at a show in Miami and was fined for public drunkenness and lewd behavior. In 1997, David Bowie made an interesting career move by issuing “Bowie Bonds”, with the funds linked to his back catalogue albums and royalties—only a semi-successful venture, but a cool concept for the fans. This coming Monday is the anniversary of one of John Lennon’s more famously controversial statements made at the height of Beatlemania in 1966, stating that they were “more popular than Jesus right now”. Definitely a risky move, John, but it seems like your career still worked out okay.
Finally, a reason to celebrate—Buffalo Springfield celebrates their founding in 1966 by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay, paving the way for WERS favorites like “Bluebird”, “Mr. Soul”, and “On the Way Home”. It just goes to show, the guys who hold a place in our rock-fueled hearts have their missteps every now and again, but nothing trumps the music. Keep being bad, and come back next week for your latest music history lesson!