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Lyricapsule: Ella Fitzgerald is Born; April 25, 1917

The “First Lady of Song,” jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, would have been 100 today. And though she wasn’t immediately known for her songwriting credits, especially lyrics, often spinning her vocal magic on compositions written for her, a […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Drop ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’; April 24, 1972

The first single, “Woman is the Nigger of the World,” from John Lennon‘s third solo album, Sometime in New York City, was released on this day in 1972, arguably just as controversial a title as it […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘Waldos’ Birth 420 Stoner Lore; April 20, 1971

If the teenage “Waldos” burnouts from San Rafeal, California in 1971 knew that their code time to meet-and-search for an abandoned pot crop would become stoner celebratory law whenever 420 sequentially came together in this waking world […]

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Lyricapsule: Patti Smith Drops ‘Because the Night’; April 19, 1978

Dropped on this day in 1978, post-punkette icon Patti Smith saw a huge awareness spike in the art she was creating with the release of “Because the Night.” Considering a retirement from the performance end […]

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Lyricapsule: Pixies Drop ‘Doolittle’; April 18, 1989

One of the core albums responsible for ushering in an era of frenetic indie rock millennials are still pissed off they weren’t born a few years earlier for, Kurt Cobain‘s loud-quiet idols, the Pixies, dropped Doolittle on […]

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Lyricapsule: Butch Cassidy is Born; April 13, 1866

Butch Cassidy’s mugshot in 1894 at 28-years-young; Photo: N/A The last of the Wild West outlaws, Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, capturing a piece of the American Dream with a lifetime […]

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Lyricapsule: Bill Haley Records ‘Rock Around the Clock’; April 12, 1954

Album art for the 2004 remastered pressing of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets; Photo: Geffen Per our human necessity to be definitive with the way the past has unfolded, this day […]

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Lyricapsule: Baseball Has Arrived; April 5, 2016

Micky Mantle flips his batting helmet at Yankee Stadium, 1965; Photo: John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Baseball’s opening day arrived this past Sunday, like it has every year since the inception of the league. Though […]

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Lyricapsule: Muddy Waters is Born; April 4, 1913

The late great blues dynamo Muddy Waters would have turned 104 today. Heed this sage economic and metaphorical advice from one of the masters of the weeping guitar lead on 1964 single “You Cant Lose What You Ain’t […]

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Lyricapsule: Ringo Starr Drops ‘Back Off Boogaloo’; March 20, 1972

Testament to Ringo‘s ability to bring something to the solo table, kooky blues jam, “Back Off Boogaloo,” dropped on this day in 1972 quickly became notorious for its supposed cryptic skewerings of fellow Beatle, Paul […]

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