Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
Hargo Khalsa lived in India and Liverpool, England, before moving to California, where he honed his natural knack for songwriting. When he was 8, he wrote the theme song for the South African Peace Conference. Another Hargo composition, "Crying for John Lennon," was produced by Phil Spector and used in the 2009 documentary Strawberry Fields. It marks Spector's last production.
"You Can't Do That," one of many jealousy-themed songs in John Lennon's catalog, was released as the B-side of "Can't Buy Me Love" on March 20 while the band was hard at work filming A Hard Day's Night. It is the first of the film songs to be recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two -- on February 25, 1964 -- after the band's successful trip to the United States.
By the fall of 1965, the Beatles and George Martin had come to regard the recording studio as a place to experiment, think outside the box and slowly pull away from their tried-and-true formulas. On October 12 of that year, they did just that, recording a brilliant new John Lennon composition inspired by a clandestine affair he was having at the time. The recording would feature an exciting new tool, George Harrison's sitar.
Recently, I had the great fortune to be invited to the John Lennon Bus to participate in a very cool and unique recording session. In January 2011, I checked out the bus and learned what the organization is all about at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. The bus is essentially a state-of-the-art recording studio that’s outfitted with all the latest and greatest equipment for recording audio and video -- and it ROLLS, baby!
There was no mania quite as manic as Beatlemania, and it was at its undisputed height in 1964. In February, The Beatles had conquered the United States, the birthplace of their rock and roll idols, appearing twice on the Ed Sullivan Show and performing pandemonium-inducing shows at the Washington Coliseum and Carnegie Hall.
John Lennon was killed in New York City 31 years ago today. That's more than three decades' worth of pissed-off Beatles fans asking, "What If"? What if Lennon were still alive? What kind of music would he be making right now? At what point would the Beatles have gotten back together? Would it have been awesome or a horrible mistake?
Beatles artifacts that have found their way to the auction block recently range from the dental (John Lennon's tooth was purchased by a dentist) to the cool (George Harrison's Vox amp will be up for grabs in London soon).
A few weeks back, we provided you with a list of 60-plus Beatles songs -- all of which feature guitar solos -- and asked you to vote for the song with the best solo of the bunch. Was it "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"? God, no.