Gavin Paul

Lyricapsule: Snoop Dogg is Acquitted of Murder; February 20, 1996

Snoop holds hands in prayer before the verdict is read on a 1993 murder charge; Photo: N/A “I didn’t have no expressions. You know what I’m sayin’? It was all inner. I prayed on it,” […]

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Lyricapsule: Johnny Joins Bobby in Nashville; February 17, 1969

Johnny Cash joined Bob Dylan during Dylan’s Nashville Skyline recording sessions at Columbia’s Studio in Nashville on this day back in 1969, that would see the two icons dabble with handfuls of each other’s tunes to put to record. Though […]

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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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Lyricapsule: President Truman Announces H-Bomb Production; January 31, 1950

Truman’s diary entry after the testing of the atomic bomb: We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, […]

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Eddie Vedder Poached for Obama’s Farewell Address, Rehearses ‘Rise’ [Watch]

It’s long no secret that no one of considerable class and sanity in the music and art world wants to have anything to do with Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Meanwhile, Obama had a farewell party for […]

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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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Lyricapsule: Barbershop Standard ‘Sweet Adeline’ is Born; December 27, 1903

‘Kicked around for eight years‘ with roaming titles — “You’re the Flower of My Heart,” “Sweet Rosalie” — the iconic barbershop lovers’ lament standard that became known as “Sweet Adeline,” in its instrumental form, was […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 15 Lyric Videos of 2016

As with last year’s contenders, we’re in a new era of the lyric video as a new art medium. There was no genius Bob Dylan, channel-flipping “Like a Rolling Stone” entry this year, but from Canada […]

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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.