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On May 29, 1967, a small festival was held at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. The cost of the event was approximately $1.70. The names on the bill? Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experiment, Pink Floyd, The Move, Zoot Money, and Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all performed. Not a bad list for the cost, huh?
It seems like every day is a day in Beatles history! I guess you don’t become the most influential band of all time without having so many memorable moments, though. On May 30, 1968 the band began recording The White Album. It was a tough time for the band. Tensions were high, and Ringo Starr even quit the band for a short period, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on a couple songs. The band pushed through the album, though, and created one of the greatest albums of all time. Songs off the double album include “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Dear Prudence,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Blackbird,” and “Julia,” among other classics.
May 31, 1948 marks the birth of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham. Bonham is consistently considered the greatest drummer of all time. This title is evident when listening to most Zeppelin tracks, especially including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song,” “Moby Dick,” and so so many others. Bonham sadly passed away at the age of 32 on September 25, 1980. Soon after, Led Zeppelin disbanded, saying in a statement “we wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
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