Today’s tidbits

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 14 2015

Category: Uncategorized


There are a few interesting musical factoids from this date, September 14:

On this date in 1968, Roy Orbison’s house in Nashville burned to the ground.  Sadly, he lost 2 of his sons in the fire.  He was touring in the UK at the time.  Roy is a rock-a-billy legend and was in the game until he died, from a heart attack in 1988 at age 52, while involved in The Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynne.  He was voted into the second class of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

On this date in 1974, Eric Clapton hit no. 1 in the US with his cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff”.  I’m a huge Bob Marley fan, but I’ve always favored the Clapton version of this song.  Just my humble opinion.

On this date in 1994, Steve Earle was sentenced to 1 year in jail for possession of crack cocaine.  He served 60 days then was released to a treatment facility.  He’d been arrested the year prior for possession of heroine.  This was after losing his recording contract and had a semi-forced studio sabbatical for about a 4-year period related to his increasing drug use.  He has been clean for many years now and  he’s been back recording since about ’96.  His lyrics have been recorded by the likes of Travis Tritt, Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, and Rodney Crowell.

On this date in 1995, the hand-written lyrics, by Paul McCartney, for “Getting Better” we’re sold at auction for £161,000 at Sotheby’s in London.  It’s hard to pick favorite Beatles songs, but this is one of my faves.

Songs of the day:

“I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton

“Getting Better” by The Beatles

“Way Down In The Hole” by Steve Earl

“End Of The Line” by The Traveling Wilburys

“Blue Bayou” by Roy Orbison

17 comments on “Today’s tidbits”

  1. Love that picture, so interesting! Will check out the tunes too. Happy Monday!

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  2. Love the ‘tidbits! The information in the picture about children and music is spot on! As a result of budget cuts and music programs being dropped from schools, I have spent a great deal of time writing lesson plans combining music and art with other subjects. Ie, Holsts ‘The Planets’ incorporated in a science lesson on the planets. It’s not the same as a dedicated music class, but it brings music and art back into the classroom, where it belongs. 🙂

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    • That’s terrific! All of my kids are in music in some form. Having in the classroom is never a bad idea. Good for you! I admire teachers who say to hell with constraints and cuts and make good things happen in spite of bureaucratic BS! Thanks for caring!

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  3. Did not know that about Roy’s home and boys….always interesting posts…..hard to bear marley, but never liked that one song…LOL have a great Monday….

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  4. I never knew Orbison lost his 2 sons in a fire!

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