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Lyricapsule: Eugene McDaniels Drops ‘Point of No Return’; February 4, 1962

Before he pissed off Spiro Agnew with his political skewerings — ah the glory days, when Big Brother could destroy a musician’s career — on suit-ruffling freak-out Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse in 1971, R&B talent Eugene McDaniels […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘The Day the Music Died’; February 3, 1959

Per a last-minute decision to extend their “Winter Dance Party Tour” on this day in 1959, three pillars of rock and roll’s most formatively cool years, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper boarded […]

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Lyricapsule: Punxsutawney Phil Celebrates Groundhog Day; February 2, 1886

Back on on this day in 1886 a newspaper editor from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania decided that their native land’s celebrity groundhog shall be known as Phil, henceforth, following a tradition passed on from German settlers of […]

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Lyricapsule: Indiana Governor Bans The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’; February 1, 1965

Following a speculative complaint from an Indiana teenager, the governor of the state, Matthew Welsh, sent a message to the Indiana Broadcasters Association ambiguously mentioning that the public would basically be better off if The […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume IV

The legacy of Sam Cooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come” continues, Mike Huckabee gives us yet another example of how distasteful republicans can be with popular song, José González raises the bar on full-album lyric video mosaics […]

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Lyricapsule: John Lennon Cuts ‘Instant Karma’ in a Day; January 27, 1970

“Instant Karma!” the name of the tune John Lennon famously packaged in a day, telling press, “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we’re putting it out for dinner,” was cut on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: KMFDM Disband (Sort of); January 22, 1999

German hyperbolists KMFDM don’t get enough cred for incubating some of the industrial rock Nine Inch Nails and Ministry blew up with in the late 90s and early 2000s. It helped that ringleader and lyricist […]

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Lyricapsule: Berry Gordy Jr. Forms Motown Records; January 12, 1959

A 30-year-old from Detroit, Berry Gordy Jr. borrowed $800 from his family on this day in 1959 to create R&B label Tamla Records, which would go on to become Motown Records and the subsequent heralding […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Rocky’ Begins to get Stronger; January 9, 1976

The Italian Stallion came to life on this day in 1976, as Sylvester Stallone began filming his first feature film, Rocky. Inspired by a supposed chump no-namer, club fighter Chuck Wepner, who went 15 rounds with […]

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Lyricapsule: Zeppelin Fans Break the Led Out on the Boston Garden; January 6, 1975

Pissed off that they couldn’t buy their tickets sooner, upwards of 2,000 Bostonians lineup up outside of the Boston Garden on this day in 1975 went all Murphy’s Law on the arena, busting into the […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.