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Lyricapsule: 34 Years Post-Inception, Iran Green-Lights Queen; August 23, 2004

America: a land where you may be sent to prison for attempting to protect civil liberties, but at least you can buy a damn uncensored Queen record and Bohemian rhapsodize in relative operatic peace. Not […]

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Lyricapsule: Zager and Evans Foretell the Future; August 22, 1969

The ominous foreshadowing damage was long done on this day in 1969, when freaky folk one-hit wondrous duo Zager and Evans ended a six-week run on the Billboard charts with their mirror-ball jam, “In the […]

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Lyricapsule: Led Zeppelin’s First Jam Session; August 12, 1968

“The whole room just exploded,” are the famous words bassist John Paul Jones used to describe the vérité of the four dudes who became Led Zeppelin on this day in 1968, as an old Yardbirds cover standard, “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” […]

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Lyricapsule: Son of Sam Killer is Caught; August 10, 1977

The Son of Sam serial killer’s fear-vice on the city of New York during the summer of 1977 ended on this day when NYC police captured David Berkowitz outside his Yonkers apartment. A lot of […]

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Lyricapsule: Jerry Garcia Dies; August 9, 1995

The Deadhead. Love them or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. Life […]

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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: 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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