Today In Pop Music: May 6 – Most Famous Guitar Lick Of The 60’s
MAY 6 BIRTHDAYS
1942 – Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry/piano – ‘In The Summertime’)
1945 – Bob Seger
1948 – Mary MacGregor (‘Torn Between Two Lovers’)
ON THIS DAY
1966 – The Beatles continued work on their ‘Revolver’ album. In particular “I’m Only Sleeping” which featured the sound of a reversed guitar duet by George Harrison which gave the track a dreamlike vibe.
1973 – Paul Simon set out on his first tour without Art Garfunkel, opting for a fuller sound on stage by using The Jesse Dixon Singers as back up singers. His tour of America and Europe was recorded at various locations, edited, and released as hios ”Live Rhymin’ Simon’ album.
1978 – The ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack began an 18 week run atop the Billboard Album Chart. It would eventually sell over 30,000,000 copies making it the most successful soundtrack album of all time.
2004 – An auction at Christie’s in London, England, became the most successful pop auction after Beatles memorabilia helped propel the final tally to over $1,400,000. A leather collar worn by John Lennon went for almost $230,000, a signed copy of a management deal between The Beatles and Brian Epstein sold for over $220,000, and a Vox Kensington guitar used by John and George Harrison went for almost $200,000.
1965 – In a Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, following Keith’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that afternoon. The three note riff was originally intended to be replaced by a horn section – thankfully cooler heads prevailed. The song was recorded in Hollywood on May 12 and released on June 6 in the United States, but wasn’t issued in the UK until August 20. to this day, it is considered one of the greatest rock and roll records of all time. Let me add an amen to that.
This version was captured during a February 2006 live performance at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in front of a crowd of 1.5 million fans – the largest rock concert ever.
This is the original hit single.