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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
3rd March 1951
The first Rock n Roll song, Rocket 88, was recorded at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
The recording was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, who were actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. The record reached no. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart. Many experts acknowledge its importance in the development of rock and roll music, with several considering it to be the first rock and roll record.
The original version of the twelve-bar blues song was credited to Jackie Brenston (Ike Turner's saxophonist) and his Delta Cats, which hit number one on the R&B charts. The band was actually 19-year-old Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band, who rehearsed at the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Brenston sang the lead vocal and was credited with writing "Rocket 88". The song was a hymn of praise to the joys of the Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" automobile which had recently been introduced, and was based on the 1947 song "Cadillac Boogie" by Jimmy Liggins. It was also preceded and influenced by Pete Johnson's "Rocket 88 Boogie" Parts 1 and 2, an instrumental, originally recorded for the Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records label in 1949.
Drawing on the template of jump blues and swing combo music, Turner made the style even rawer, superimposing Brenston's enthusiastic vocals, his own piano, and tenor saxophone solos by 17-year-old Raymond Hill (later to be the father of Tina Turner's first child, before she married Ike). Willie Sims played drums for the recording. The song also features one of the first examples of distortion, or fuzz guitar ever recorded, played by the band's guitarist Willie Kizart. The song was recorded in the Memphis studio of producer Sam Phillips in March 1951, and licensed to Chess Records for release.
The legend of how the sound came about says that Kizart's amplifier was damaged on Highway 61 when the band was driving from Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. An attempt was made to hold the cone in place by stuffing the amplifier with wadded newspapers, which unintentionally created a distorted sound; Phillips liked the sound and used it. Robert Palmer has written that the amplifier "had fallen from the top of the car", and attributes this information to Sam Phillips. However, in a recorded interview at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, Ike Turner stated that the amplifier was in the trunk of the car and that rain may have caused the damage; he is certain that it did not fall from the roof of the car. Peter Guralnick, in his biography of Sam Phillips has the amplifier being dropped from the car's trunk when the band got a flat tire and was digging out the spare. Link Wray explains the development of his fuzz tone with a similar story.
It was the second-biggest rhythm and blues single of 1951, reaching first place on 9 June 1951 and staying there for five weeks. Ike Turner's piano intro to the song was later used nearly note-for-note by Little Richard in "Good Golly Miss Molly"
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
First gardening of season
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It's just another symptom of dying by ageing, and I'm fully at peace with it. In fact I find morbidly fascinating! However I don't particularly enjoy damaging ligaments. My right knee, after two months, is now clearly on the mend, but still complaining. I have now learned I can't just move or move things - it has to be done in the right way!
Declining eyesight has led me to learn quickly about reading glasses. I can now wear +1 magnification permanently, using the naked eye only for long-distance viewing and watching TV. This is more convenient than having to keep taking on-and-off stronger magnifications, though I still need these stronger ones for prolonged reading.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the best use of this time and place?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Air Pressure: 1004 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Learn to love yourself, but not in public :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
John Oliver on Donald Trump - wonderful!
Jeri Ryan, the actress who played Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager turned down the role four times before finally taking it.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Youthfulness is not determined by age. It is determined by one’s life force. One who possesses hope is forever young. One who continually advances is forever beautiful.