May 3-9: Historic events this week from The Beatles, Keith Richards, Bob Seger and Aerosmith
MAY 4, 1977: BEATLES RELEASE LIVE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ALBUM”
Widely bootlegged, the Hollywood Bowl shows wouldn’t be released on vinyl until 12 years after the last performance.
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl features tight performances played over the sound of thousands of shrieking fans.
“..a loving tribute to the screaming girl fans who drown out the band in these 1964–65 shows; those girls were heroes on the rock & roll frontier, and they deserve to be the lead instrument on a Beatles album of their own.” – Rob Sheffield, The Rolling Stone Album Guide
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MAY 6, 1965: KEITH RICHARDS DREAMS UP “SATISFACTION”
According to legend, Keith Richards wrote “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in his sleep.
Richards went to bed with his acoustic guitar, and a tape player rolling.
The next morning, without any recollection, he discovered that he’d been playing the iconic riff as he drifted off to sleep.
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MAY 6, 1978: CHERYL TIEGS INSPIRES SEGER
While in Hollywood to record Stranger In Town, the chorus for what would become “Hollywood Nights” came to him.
Cheryl Tiegs’ appearance on the cover of Time magazine inspired the rest of the song.
A song about a Midwestern boy who meets and spends time with his dream girl in LA. He wakes up one morning alone and brokenhearted.
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MAY 8, 1993: GET A GRIP DEBUTS AT #1
With Get a Grip, Aerosmith had their first ever #1 album.
Boasting six Top 10 singles, with five in the Top 5, Get a Grip would sell 7 million copies within 2½ years of its release.
They took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in ’93 & ’94 for Livin’ on the Edge and Crazy, respectively.