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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Hit The ‘Ed Sullivan Show’; September 27, 1964

Jealousy just west coast-sparkling over the fact that they were “getting eclipsed by a group called The Beatles from London” earlier in the year, The Beach Boys flexed their American pop arm today in 1964 […]

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Lyricapsule: Bessie Smith Dies; September 26, 1937

Pioneering women’s path to the blues spotlight, vocalist Bessie Smith‘s life was cut short at the top of her game on this day in 1937, the victim of a car crash and a contentious white […]

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Lyricapsule: Radiohead Drop ‘Creep’; September 21, 1992

The unfortunate foundation on which Radiohead built their alt-rock launch into stardom, the angst of Thom Yorke and crew catapulted unto the world on this day in 1992 with hit single “Creep.” Winning hearts on […]

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Lyricapsule: AC/DC Drop ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’; September 20, 1976

Wild-eyed Aussie misfits, AC/DC exploded 1976’s arena rock scene on this day with their third effort, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Tough panache task, considering their sophomore effort being T.N.T. It was dynamite. King-screamer Bon Scott […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘No Nukes’ Concert; September 19, 1979

One of those rare moments when people actually understand the power that they have over political action, a few hundred thousand people converged upon Madison Square Garden on this day in 1979, and the next […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Shakur Dies; September 13, 1996

There are those that profess his existence. There are those that resurrect him via voodoo hologram tricks. And there is the Pac, rhymes echoing for eternity since the anniversary of his death on this day […]

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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: Same Cooke drops ‘You Send Me’; September 7, 1957

Soul the genre still but a faint blip on America’s post-war rock radar, Sam Cooke came finger-snapping in on this day in 1957 and dropped a crossover bomb on the R&B charts. Or maybe a […]

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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. Madonna proceeds to […]

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Lyricapsule: Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ Charts; August 29, 1964

Sitting around with co-writer Bill Dees stretching their songwriting muscles, Roy Orbison and Dees were interrupted by Orbison’s first wife, Claudette Frady, asking for some money to go to the drug store, to which Dees […]

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