Another Time, Another Place

By: sonofabeach96

Mar 03 2016

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On this date, in 1966, Buffalo Springfield was formed in Los Angeles by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Ritchie Furay.

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The band was pivotal in the beginnings of folk-rock, along with The Byrds, and produced two of rocks best guitarists in Young and Stills.  In spite of the fact that the band only produced 3 albums, the last of which, Last Time Around, was recorded in separate studio sessions because of in-fighting, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.  Interestingly, Stephen Stills gained the distinction of being the only artist inducted twice in the same day, as he was also voted in as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young on the same ballot.  The band was plagued by songwriting disputes, multiple drug arrests, and saw several members come and go.  All of the drama resulted in dissolution of the group in 1968, less than 3 years after forming.

On this date, in 1973, The Concert For Bangla Desh live album won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

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The benefit concert, the first of its kind and forerunner to future music-related benefit shows, was assembled by George Harrison with the assistance of Ravi Shankar, and co-produced by the now-notorious Phil Spector.  The headliners for the two shows at Madison Square Garden were Harrison, Shankar, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, Ali Akbar Kahn, and Eric Clapton.  The concert was organized to benefit those suffering displacement, homelessness, and famine during the Bangladesh Liberation War.  The benefit concert itself was plagued by criticism and financial mismanagement, not surprisingly considering it was the first event of its kind.  The album, however, was a critical and commercial success upon its release and proceeds from it and a re-release in 2005, along with DVD sales of the video of the concerts, have amounted to more than $12 million dollars for Bangladesh, administered through the George Harrison Fund of UNICEF.

And, on this date, in 1981, U2 began their first US tour with a show at The Bayou, a club in Washington, D.C.  The tour was in support of their debut album, Boy, and was primarily held in clubs and small venues.

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The band was formed while all were students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School.  A win in a talent show in 1978 earned the group £500 and some studio recording time.  Their first studio effort was an Ireland-only release of an EP called Three, in September of ’79.  They signed with Island Records in March of 1980.  The US tour in 1981 followed a tour of the UK, and their rise to supergroup was initiated.  The band would eventually hit it big with their third album, War, and the rest is history.  They’ve now produced 13 studio albums, have over 170 million records sold, have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band and tied with Stevie Wonder, and were first-ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 2005.

With all of that in mind, my songs of the day are:

“Here Comes The Sun” by George Harrison (Concert For Bangladesh)

“Mr. Soul” by Buffalo Springfield

“I Will Follow” by U2

“That’s The Way God Planned It” by Billy Preston (Concert For Bangladesh)

“Bluebird” by Buffalo Springfield

“Out of Control” by U2

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan (Concert For Bangladesh)

“For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield

18 comments on “Another Time, Another Place”

  1. It’s been forever since I thought of Buffalo Springfield. Nice!

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  2. In the morning, we used to sing “Here Comes the Bus” haha

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  3. Did I read Bangladesh!? Ahhh!

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  4. Hadn’t thought of Bangladesh in years, thanks for stirring the memories…kat

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