Star Spangled

By: sonofabeach96

May 11 2016

Category: Uncategorized


There are several factoids from this date in rock history.  There were a few notable recordings, deaths, and a tribute to one of the best.  Without further blabbering on about it, here they are:

On this date, in 1967, The Beatles recorded “Baby You’re A Rich Man”.


It was released in July of 1967 as the B-side to “All You Need Is Love”.  The song was intended to be used in the film Yellow Submarine, and was, but was not included in the soundtrack album, rather, ending up on Magical Mystery Tour.

On this date, in 1970, The Beatles released “The Long And Winding Road”, as the A-side with “For You Blue” as the B-side.  It was the last single released by The Beatles, and ended up on the album Let It Be.


and the soundtrack from the film Woodstock was released.


It came in a 3-LP set and comprised 21 songs or “medleys” by several artists, including a 9-minute version of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, a 13-minute version of “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana, a 15-minute “medley” by Sly and The Family Stone, and a 13-minute “medley” by Jimi Hendrix.  Of course, it also contains Jimi’s epic version of “Star Spangled Banner” that defined the festival, and a generation.

On this date, in 1981, Bob Marley passed away from metastatic melanoma, in Miami, FL, at the young, young age of 36.


He started his career in 1963 with The Wailers, and achieved great success worldwide.  But legendary status arrived in his solo years, in the form of Exodus, in 1977.  It cemented him as one of the greatest musicians ever, and as one of the best selling artists of all-time, of any genre.

On this date, in 1995, a tribute concert in honor of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, was held in Austin, TX.  Participating were Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and his brother, Jimmy Vaughan.


All of the artists playing in the tribute were also present and playing on the day of Stevie Ray’s final show, on August 26, 1990.  From Rolling Stone:

On leaving an East Troy, Wisconsin, theater —following an onstage guitar jam that included Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jeff Healey —Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash. By then, Vaughan was firmly established as the era’s premier blues-rock performer. Two posthumous releases —Family Style (#7, 1990), a collaboration with Jimmie Vaughan, and The Sky is Crying (#10, 1991) —became Vaughan’s best-selling recordings. Greatest Hits and Live at Carnegie Hall went to #39 and #40, respectively.

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Stevie Ray was only 35 years old, and was among 5 who were lost in the copter crash at the Alpine Valley Resort.  He was one of, if not THE best, guitarists ever.  He won 6 Grammy’s, 10 Austin Music Awards, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

And, speaking of Jimi, on this date, in 2003, Noel Redding, bassist and guitarist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, passed away.  He went on to a solo career after Jimi, producing one album with a band named Road, and two more albums as the Noel Redding Band.


My songs of the day are:

“Baby You’re A Rich Man” by The Beatles

“Wooden Ships” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash

“Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

“Riviera Paradise” by Stevie Ray Vaughan

“Jammin'” by Bob Marley

“The Long And Winding Road” by The Beatles

“Soul Sacrifice” by Santana

“Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray Vaughan

30 comments on “Star Spangled”

  1. I didn’t know that’s what Bob Marley died of, guess it makes sense , tho.

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  2. I had no idea that is how he died! Wonderful post!

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  3. Bob Marley died so young. I hear there’s a good documentary on his wife where she discusses their life and stressful marriage. 🙂

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  4. I can join the club of Not knowing that’s how he died

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  5. Great facts about today. Stevie Ray. Wow, not sure how he escapes my memory when I talk about great guitarists, but he definitely was one.

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  6. This was such a great post, and I got an even further education by reading the comments. Great job!

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  7. Wow blasts from the past….thanks…kat

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