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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 Rolling Stones’ First Gig; July 12, 1962

The sweet, devilish Jagger-Richards essence of the new rock that rolled, The Rolling Stones, was born on this day 54 years ago. Triumphant tour commemorating the run now in the books, in the meantime, let’s roll […]

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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: The Gold Record is Birthed; July 8, 1958

Long before ringtones and multi-million dollar deals with cell phone companies, the defining barometer of success — as defined by the mass of units shipped to retail outlets — the Gold Record was birthed on […]

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Lyricapsule: Elvis Births Rock & Roll; July 5, 1954

A loaded statement in the history of rock, depending on what type of lineage tree your music heart follows, Elvis’ freewheelin’ wizardry of rockabilly and jump on Arthur Crudup‘s mid-40s blues staple “That’s All Right,” […]

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Lyricapsule: The Band Drops ‘Music From Big Pink’; July 1, 1968

How sacred the big pink house recording space in upstate New York was to the dudes then known as Bob Dylan‘s touring backing band, when they cemented themselves as THE Band, is irrelevant to the […]

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Lyricapsule: Tim Buckley Dies; June 29, 1975

Jeff Buckley claimed to have only met his father once before the singer-songwriter predecessor passed from a heroin overdose in 1975 on this day a year out of the 27 Club. Be that as it […]

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Lyricapsule: Louis Armstrong Records ‘West End Blues’; June 28, 1928

Regarded as the heralding in of a new generation of artistic jazz, Louis Armstrong walked into a Chicago studio on this day in 1928 and took mentor Joe “King” Oliver’s Nawlins parlour/picnic plunker “West End […]

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Lyricapsule: No More Kicks on Route 66; June 27, 1985

Sort of. Though a tone of sadness rings through this day, as it marks the United States Highway System’s 1985 decision to remove the iconic Route 66 from its highway network, we’ll forever have Nat […]

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Lyricapsule: Jefferson Airplane Drop ‘White Rabbit’; June 24, 1967

One of the first hippie anthems to sneak past radio censors on the sly, Grace Slick’s masterful psychedelic homage to both Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and the brighter side of hallucinogens, dropped on this day in 1967. […]

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