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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: Elvis Births Rock & Roll; July 5, 1954

  A loaded statement in the history of rock, depending on what type of lineage tree your music heart follows, Elvis‘ freewheelin’ wizardry of rockabilly and jump on Arthur Crudup‘s mid-40s blues staple “That’s All […]

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

Louis on the horn in 1950; Photo: The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution/New York Daily News Regarded as the heralding in of a new generation of artistic jazz, Louis Armstrong walked into a […]

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

There are no more kicks on Route 66. 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 […]

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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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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: Alanis Morissette Drops ‘Jagged Little Pill’; June 13, 1995

Before Alanis Morissette‘s definition of “Ironic” confused a generation of young students of English, the abrasive alt-rock starlet wasn’t abrasive at all — she cut her teeth as a child actor, dabbling in teen pop in […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Grease’ Hits Broadway; June 7, 1972

A year after debuting in a Chicago blues club, the iconic post-war musical Grease orchestrated its way onto Broadway on this day in 1972. Much of the gritty, midwestern drama and sass was torqued along […]

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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.