Gavin Paul

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Lyricapsule: The Rolling Stones Hit The Ed Sullivan Show; October 25, 1964

With the Stones‘ 50th anniversary gigs — 50 years, and counting! — behind them, let us roll back the clock just a smidgen less to 1964, opposite their first gig in 1962, at a moment in television […]

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Lyricapsule: James Brown Records ‘Live at the Apollo’; October 24, 1962

“Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show — James Brown and The Famous Flames,” went the infamous sparkling introduction from MC Fats Gonder on this day at the Apollo Theater […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XLII

Were dangerously close to Election Day, so things are naturally antagonistic to a certain orange cheeto in a suit, with another hilarious cryptic shot from El Vy and a faux-news broadcast from Joseph Arthur. Otherwise, Swedish […]

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Lyricapsule: Norwegian A-Ha Conquers American Charts; October 19, 1985

Though remembered more for its genius live-action-meets-pencil sketch MTV treatment via animator Michael Patterson and director Steve Barron, that took some odd 16 weeks to complete — see below — this synth-pop gem from A-Ha, […]

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Lyricapsule: Axl Rose Dances with Mr. Brownstone; October 18, 1989

Not another example of Axl Rose’s madcap rock star lunacy, the forever Guns N’ Roses hip-swayer actually did a solid and put his dope-addled bandmates on the hot seat in front of thousands of fans […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Hair’ Debuts Off-Broadway; October 17, 1967

Packaging all of the ’60’s most tumultuous moments into one spectacular lock-flowing, sing-song hippie-musical trip, Hair made its debut on this day in 1967 at a midtown disco in Manhattan, eventually leading to an unprecedented 1,750 […]

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Lyricapsule: The Steve Bartman Incident; October 14, 2003

As the Chicago Cubs lock down their second NLCS birth since 1945 and an invigorating ever-closing reach toward their first we-shall-not-jinx-it you know what since 1908, today marks a dark day in the franchise’s “cursed” past, […]

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Bob Dylan Gets Nobel Lyric Crown

Bob Dylan finally got the nod the Nobel Prize committee has been sleeping on for years, awarding the 75-year-old lyric mastermind behind some of the most important songs in American history with the Nobel Prize […]

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Lyricapsule: The BBC Bans Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’; October 10, 1962

Though the official date roams, today circa 1962 is considered the day the BBC decided Bobby “Boris” Pickett‘s brilliant Halloween gem “Monster Mash” would not receive play on UK airwaves, released just that previous August, […]

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Lyricapsule: Janis Joplin Dies; October 4, 1970

What a shame it is to remember that the legendary “Queen of Psychedelic Soul,” Janis Joplin, was a mere 27-years-young when the music Gods took her from us on this day in 1970. So 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.