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Lyricapsule: Anne Frank is Born; June 12, 1929

One of the most enduring legacies of the holocaust, Anne Frank would have been 84-years-young today, had it not been for a still unsolved betrayal that revealed her and her family were hiding in the […]

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Lyricapsule: Thich Quang Duc’s Immolation; June 11, 1963

Rock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being part of the former. But most can agree that the two can […]

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Lyricapsule: Joe Walsh Reflects — ‘Life’s Been Good’; June 10, 1978

Post-Bernie Leadon Eagle‘s pinch hitter, Joe Walsh, mounted his run for the best rock punchline of the 70s on this day in 1978, when his mock-ballad jam, “Life’s Been Good,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 […]

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Lyricapsule: Mickey Mantle’s Jersey Gets Retired; June 8, 1969

Mickey “Muscles” Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter to cross the mound retired in 1968 after a 17-year stretch in the MLB. In 1969 on this June day, the New York Yankees gave the same honor to […]

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Lyricapsule: Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Drop ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’; June 5, 1956

Quite a shame that Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps didn’t make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until 2012, over 40 years after Vincent’s death at 36-years-young. The Rockabilly extension of […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘The Gig That Changed the World’; June 4, 1976

A year and a half before they could even cut an album — what would be their only album — in one of the quickest yet influential burnouts in music history, the Sex Pistols assembled at the […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Sing ‘Give Peace a Chance’; June 1, 1969

“This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of the many perfectly momentous quotes from John Lennon, sitting beside Yoko Ono during their infamous non-violent protest on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: Jeff Buckley Drowns; May 29, 1997

Singer-songwriter lionheart Jeff Buckley was only 30-years-young when he accidentally drowned mid-swim in the Wolf River near Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1997. According to a roadie that was with him at the time, he […]

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Lyricapsule: Percy Sledge Takes ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ to No. 1; May 28, 1966

Recorded a month and some change prior without a lyric game plan, previously unknown Alabama hospital orderly, Percy Sledge, started a two-week Billboard No. 1 run on this day in 1966 with “When a Man […]

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Lyricapsule: Fats Domino, the Riot Inciter; May 22, 1955

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., the roly-poly post-war, ivory-tinkling rock legend, arrived at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day back in 1955 to find that police shut the man’s scheduled show down. […]

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