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Lyricapsule: Buddy Guy is Born; July 30, 1936

Master of the neon modern blues, Chicago staple Buddy Guy was birthed down in Lettsworth, Louisiana on this day in 1936, migrating up north some 20 years later to be in the presence of Muddy […]

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Lyricapsule: Hunter S. Thompson is Born; July 18, 1937

Hunter S. Thompson, the wild, mad mind behind ‘gonzo journalism‘ was born on this day in 1937. A notorious devourer of life at a rapid pace, Thompson was just about the most reflective man that […]

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Lyricapsule: The Coasters Record ‘Poison Ivy’; July 16, 1959

Follow us back to an hour in 1959, when promiscuity loved its conservatism – doo-wop dynamos The Coasters recorded a version of infamous songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s femme fatale-ish cautionary hit “Poison […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Alley Oop’ the Caveman Goes No. 1; July 11, 1960

Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a […]

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Lyricapsule: Wyoming Becomes the 44th State; July 10, 1890

Big Wyoming, “the cowboy state” earned its union stripes on this day back in 1890 notching itself as the 44th state of the U.S. of A. Lonesome as it is peacefully associated with the deeper […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan Records ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’; July 9, 1962

Debuting a skeletal version on April 16, 1962 at Gerde’s Folk City in NYC, Bob Dylan walked in to Columbia Recording Studios three months later on this day, after Peter, Paul and Mary made a watered-down […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Oklahoma!’ Becomes the RIAA’s First Gold Record; July 8, 1958

Long before ringtones and multi-million dollar deals with cell phone companies, the defining barometer of success – as defined by the mass of units shipped to retail outlets – the Gold Record was birthed on […]

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Lyricapsule: Axl Rose’s Riverport Riot; July 2, 1991

Long before the manic rock diva was snubbing Rock Hall of Fame bids and chastising fans for his own pathetic non-ending grudge with one of the greatest guitarists of all time – who the hell […]

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Lyricapsule: The Band Drops ‘Music From Big Pink’; July 1, 1968

How sacred the big pink house recording space in upstate New York was to the dudes then known as Bob Dylan‘s touring backing band, when they cemented themselves as THE Band, is irrelevant to the […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXVI

Riff Raff‘s streetlight window nonsense, Jónsi chases the English dragon in the clouds, Macca‘s army of picture literati and more, as we roll into the half-way mark of 2014′s Best Lyric Vids of the Week. Will […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. 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.