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Lyricapsule: The Doors Get Banned From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’; September 17, 1967

Mr. Ed Sullivan was quickly becoming the face of censorship in the 60s, at a time when American rock and youth wouldn’t have it. Traced back to the late 50s, with Elvis’ infamous shot-above-the-waist set, […]

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Lyricapsule: Johnny Cash Leaves Us; September 12, 2003

We lost “The Man in Black” on this day in 2003 at 71-years-young. Though Johnny Cash‘s mark on American music is immortal. As the grandfather of country goth, his weary baritone packed so much true […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Drops; September 10, 1991

Quietly mailed to radio stations two weeks prior, Nirvana‘s first single from landmark album Nevermind, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – or Pixies‘ rip-off as Kurt Cobain would later quip in interviews – hit Pacific Northwest ears on […]

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Lyricapsule: Freddie Mercury is Born; September 5, 1946

Though he did get the hologram treatment 2012 on the 10th anniversary of London’s West End musical production of We Will Rock You, the late British howler Freddie Mercury is sadly still not among us, […]

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Lyricapsule: Kelly Clarkson is Crowned the First ‘American Idol’; September 4, 2002

Just 20 on this day back in 2002, Kelly Clarkson‘s American Idol crowning could have been just another piece to put on the fading mantle of reality TV, in full ratings bloom at the time. […]

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ICYMI: Weird Al’s Wily TV Theme Song Parody at the Emmys

Hot off the late-blooming success of Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts ever, the king of lyric kitsch took to adding sentiments to primetime television’s current all star lineup […]

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Lyricapsule: Zager and Evans Foretell the Future; August 22, 1969

The ominous foreshadowing damage was long done on this day in 1969, when freaky folk one-hit wondrous duo Zager and Evans ended a six-week run on the Billboard charts with their mirror-ball jam, “In the […]

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Lyricapsule: Robert Johnson is Poisoned; August 13, 1938

One of the most infamously forgotten members of the 27-Club, blues-heart Robert Johnson was served a poisoned glass of whiskey on this day back in 1938 during a show in Greenwood, Mississippi, leading to his […]

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Lyricapsule: Led Zeppelin’s First Jam Session; August 12, 1968

“The whole room just exploded,” are the famous words bassist John Paul Jones used to describe the vérité of the four dudes who became Led Zeppelin on this day in 1968, as an old Yardbirds cover […]

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Lyricapsule: Decca Destroys Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’; August 8, 1960

A famous actress once said that “he who hesitates is a damn fool.” In the music industry, there are many examples of fools and hesitations. Decca Records takes the prize with the decision to pass […]

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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.