Lyricapsule: Zeppelin Fans Break the Led Out on the Boston Garden; January 6, 1975

Pissed off that they couldn’t buy their tickets sooner, upwards of 2,000 Bostonians lineup up outside of the Boston Garden on this day in 1975 went all Murphy’s Law on the arena, busting into the […]

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Lyricapsule: Barbershop Standard ‘Sweet Adeline’ is Born; December 27, 1903

‘Kicked around for eight years‘ with roaming titles — “You’re the Flower of My Heart,” “Sweet Rosalie” — the iconic barbershop lovers’ lament standard that became known as “Sweet Adeline,” in its instrumental form, was […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey — so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Launch ‘War is Over’ Poster Campaign; December 15, 1969

“So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings the immortal John Lennon with Yoko Ono on their 1971 single about the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War is […]

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Lyricapsule: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘Foxy Lady’; December 13, 1966

Further immortalized with a Wayne’s World nerdcore pelvic thrust 30 years later, Hendrix‘s purported only happy song he’s ever recorded, “Foxy Lady,” was cut on this day in 1966, a year shy of his debut record, Are […]

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Lyricapsule: The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hits Charts; December 12, 1964

5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his Civil Rights efforts, the Beatles invaded and Bob Dylan got ’em high for the first time — another […]

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Lyricapsule: The Jackson 5 Wrap Up the Victory Tour; December 9, 1984

The Jackson 5 finished a six-day residency of their final tour together on December 9th, 1984 at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, ending their record-breaking highest-grossing string of dates that made up the Victory Tour. Things started to become the […]

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Lyricapsule: John Lennon is Taken From Us; December 8, 1980

Some misfit human of which we’ll leave unnamed shot and killed John Lennon 36 years ago today, changing the course of music and culture forever in amounts we’re still trying to comprehend. By now the story is […]

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Lyricapsule: Lead Belly Dies; December 6, 1949

One of blues’ finest chain-links to the African griots that birthed rhythm into traditional gospel and field songs, Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter passed away on this day in 1949. In and out of jail […]

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Lyricapsule: World Aids Day; December 1, 1988

The very first of now eight global public campaigns created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of enemies against humanity we tend to forget, World AIDS Day launched on this day in 1988 as fear […]

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