Gavin Paul


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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'Music From Big Pink'

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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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: The Bicycle is Patented in New York; June 26, 1819

Though the creator of the bicycle is a forever mystery, on this day in 1819 a man named W.K. Clarkson Jr. in New York did slap a patent on a contraption called a ‘velocipede’. And […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beatles Broadcast ‘All You Need is Love’ on ‘Our World’; June 25, 1967

The foundation of the Abbey Road philosophy on love two years later, that “in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,” The Beatles‘ “All You Need is Love” broadcast […]

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Bob Dylan Song Auction

How Does it Feel – to Spend $2M on Bob Dylan Lyrics?

So somebody did muster up the $2 million (and $45K change) that Sotheby’s in New York expected to reel in for the holy grail of Bob Dylan lyrics, a handwritten first draft of “Like a Rolling […]

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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.