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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

One of John & Yoko’s ‘War is Over’ billboards erected in Manhattan in December of 1969; Photo: Getty/Beatles Bible “So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings […]

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

The cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxy Lady’ ’45 b/w ‘Manic Depression’; Photo: Polydor  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 […]

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

Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield (left) and Phil Spector (right) at Gold Star Studios in 1965; Photo: Getty 5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for […]

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Lyricapsule: Lead Belly Dies; December 6, 1949

Huddie William ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter; Photo: Michael Ochs Archive via The Telegraph 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 […]

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Lyricapsule: World Aids Day; December 1, 1988

Bruce Springsteen walks the ‘Streets of Philadelphia; Photo: Vevo 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 […]

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Lyricapsule: Van Morrison Drops ‘Astral Weeks’; November 29, 1968

The cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’; Photo: Warner Bros. Van Morrison‘s true solo album, released on this day in 1968, as 1967’s “Brown Eyed Girl“-opening pop rocket Blowin’ Your Mind was released without his […]

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Lyricapsule: National Maximum Speed Law Drops, Sammy Hagar Vindicated; November 28, 1995

Sammy Hagar rides a cop for his lack of speed law coolness in the official video for ‘I Can’t Drive’; Photo: Vevo/YouTube In 1974 Big Brother decided to institute a National Maximum Speed Law across […]

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Lyricapsule: Queen Drop ‘A Night at the Opera’; November 21, 1975

Queen‘s fourth record, A Night at the Opera, was a go-for-broke rock moment, the most expensive album ever recorded at the time, a theatrical sojourn in the name of rock and unconventional pop. Silver-throated Freddie […]

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Lyricapsule: Echo & the Bunnymen’s First Gig; November 15, 1978

  The most infamous drum machine named ‘Echo’ and its right hand dudes the Bunnymen made their debut in their Liverpool stomping grounds on this day in 1978 at a dive called Eric’s Club. Pre-Pete […]

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