I Got You Babe

By: sonofabeach96

Feb 20 2016

Category: Uncategorized

27 Comments

This date in music history blessed us with some interesting births, recordings, tragedy, and even a divorce.  Without further delay, let’s get to it.

On this date, in 1946, John Warren Geils, aka J. Geils, was born in New York.  He was founder and lead guitarist for the J. Geils Band.

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The band was a staple of the MTV years of the early 80’s of course, but he’d been active in the music biz since the late 60’s.  Once the band broke up, he became involved in KTR Motorsports, restoring vintage cars.

On this date, in 1964, The Beach Boys recorded “Don’t Worry Baby”.  It ended up being released as the B-Side of a 45, with “I Get Around” being the A-Side.

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The song was written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian.  Wilson was also listed as producer.  It was recorded in Hollywood at United Western Recorders.  The song is listed on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list.  It was ranked no. 176 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time list.

On this date, in 1967, Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, WA.

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He was, obviously, lead singer, guitarist, and co-founder of Nirvana.  The band helped establish the grassroots of Seattle’s grunge scene, achieving high levels of commercial success in the early 90’s.  Their second album, Nevermind, which produced the hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, catapulted the band to mainstream stardom, and consequently, Cobain unwittingly became the voice of Generation X.  Prior to his death from a self-inflicted gunshot, he struggled with heroine addiction, depression, and illness.  He was only 27 years old, and added his name to the ever-growing list of shooting stars (no pun intended) in the world of music.

On this date, in 1974, Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono.

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They got their start in music as backer singers for notorious producer Phil Spector (the dude was in on a shitload of acts) in the mid-60’s.  In their 10 year career, they had two hit TV shows and sold over 40 million records.  Bono was killed in a skiing accident in 1998 after a stint as a Congressman representing California.

On this date, in 2003, a Great White show at The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI, ended in tragedy.  During the opening song of “Desert Moon”, a fire erupted due to pyrotechnics gone awry.

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Chaos ensued, as one can imagine, and at the hands of smoke inhalation, burns, or being trampled, 230 people were injured and 100 were killed, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley.

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The bands’ tour manager, Daniel Biechle was eventually charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison and was placed on parole in 2008.  The owners of the nightclub were charged in the incident as well.

And, finally, on this date, in 2009, The White Stripes played the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

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Of course, Conan is still on TV and appearing on the show is not exceptionally noteworthy, but if The White Stripes are involved, I’m interested.

With all that said, my songs of the day are:

“Icky Thump” by The White Stripes

“Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys

“Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana

“Desert Moon” by Great White

“Groovy Kind of Love” by Sonny & Cher

“Southside Shuffle” by J. Geils Band

“Blue Orchid” by The White Stripes

“Once Bitten Twice Shy” by Great White

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band

 

 

 

27 comments on “I Got You Babe”

  1. The what if always remains when someone seems to pass too young. Love the list!

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  2. Come Back .. J Geils…High School a Pep Rally!!!!

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  3. nice ! thanks for a delightful morning read!

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  4. That nightclub fire! AWFUL! JUST AWFUL!

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  5. as always another great post….I have been to Aberdeen Wa….great little town….kat

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  6. Mom was a big Cher fan (probably still is!) and I grew up listening to an 8-track that featured “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.” Still know most of the words….

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