Gavin Paul


Lyricapsule: Tim Buckley Dies; June 29, 1975

Jeff Buckley claimed to have only met his father once before the singer-songwriter predecessor passed from a heroin overdose in 1975 on this day a year out of the 27 Club. Be that as it […]

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Lyricapsule: Louis Armstrong Records ‘West End Blues’; June 28, 1928

Regarded as the heralding in of a new generation of artistic jazz, Louis Armstrong walked into a Chicago studio on this day in 1928 and took mentor Joe “King” Oliver’s Nawlins parlour/picnic plunker “West End […]

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Lyricapsule: No More Kicks on Route 66; June 27, 1985

Sort of. Though a tone of sadness rings through this day, as it marks the United States Highway System’s 1985 decision to remove the iconic Route 66 from its highway network, we’ll forever have Nat […]

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Lyricapsule: Jefferson Airplane Drop ‘White Rabbit’; June 24, 1967

One of the first hippie anthems to sneak past radio censors on the sly, Grace Slick’s masterful psychedelic homage to both Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and the brighter side of hallucinogens, dropped on this day in 1967. […]

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Lyricapsule: The Miracles drop ‘Tracks of My Tears’; June 23, 1965

America had just put its first group of troops on Vietnam ground and another Ranger lunar probe proved that the moon isn’t made of cheese, but heartache is timeless, especially when Smokey Robinson’s on the […]

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Lyricapsule: The Surfaris Drop ‘Wipe Out’; June 22, 1963

Immortalized by high-school marching bands following its release on this day in 1963, wave-chaser of a bass-drum and jangly guitar chase “Wipe Out” by Cali beach-bums, The Surfaris, was one of those rare cheeky cult […]

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Lyricapsule: David Bowie Connects Major Tom to Ground Control; June 20, 1969

Opposite Hunky Dory‘s “Life on Mars?” two years later, David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” recorded on this day in 1969, appointed the late ever-morphing rocker as the new king of psych-folk, four years before The Dark […]

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‘O Canada’ May Go Gender-Neutral

A veteran member of the Canadian parliament recently diagnosed with ALS, Mauril Bélanger, is making it a chief crusade of his to get Canada’s National Anthem, “O Canada,” to read more gender-neutral. Titled, “An Act to Amend […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Lyricapsule: Derek and the Dominos’ First Gig; June 14, 1970

Spurned from dissipating energy from Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton was quietly entering his masterpiece phase. And by quietly we mean strung out on smack, blow and the unrequited love for his best friend’s […]

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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.