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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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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: 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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Lyricapsule: Buddy Guy is Born; July 30, 1936

Master of the neon modern blues, Chicago staple Buddy Guy was birthed down in Lettsworth, Louisiana on this day in 1936, migrating up north some 20 years later to be in the presence of Muddy […]

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Lyricapsule: Hunter S. Thompson is Born; July 18, 1937

Hunter S. Thompson, the wild, mad mind behind ‘gonzo journalism‘ was born on this day in 1937. A notorious devourer of life at a rapid pace, Thompson was just about the most reflective man that […]

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Lyricapsule: The Coasters Record ‘Poison Ivy’; July 16, 1959

Follow us back to an hour in 1959, when promiscuity loved its conservatism – doo-wop dynamos The Coasters recorded a version of infamous songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s femme fatale-ish cautionary hit “Poison […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Alley Oop’ the Caveman Goes No. 1; July 11, 1960

Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a […]

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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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