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It’s a big week for birthdays in music this week in history, with some big WERS artists getting older, wiser, and closer to another four-disc career retrospective release. With Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and Eric Clapton all sharing a common birthday tomorrow and Richard Thompson, Muddy Waters, and Billie Holiday all ringing one in this week, there’s no shortage of history to dig up this week.
Today in 1999, David Bowie celebrated the release of The David Bowie Internet Radio Network on the Rolling Stone Radio, featuring some of Bowie’s favorite songs backed by introductions from the man himself. This day in 1979 was also a good one for Dire Straits’ Marc Knopfler and Pick Withers when Bob Dylan happened upon them during their residency at the Roxy in L.A., and invited them to play on his next album “Slow Train Coming”.
Screamers, hair spikers, and parent-rebellers everywhere will be happy to blast “God Save the Queen” tomorrow in celebration of their first show ever at the 100 Club in London back in 1976, only to be picked up as a resident band just a few months later in June. Mick Jagger buried a hatchet in his past this time tomorrow back in 2000, when he returned to Dartford Grammar school where he had spent what he described as the “worst years of his life”. Turns out, they’d dedicated a whole new arts centre in his honor.
You see, music lovers? History was made to be learned from, and there’s no shortage of weird factual nuggets to be found for the one who wants to find out something new. Have a terrific weekend!
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