Otis Redding

It Happened In Music: Otis Redding and Stax

On December 7, 1967, Otis Redding wrapped up his recording of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” at Stax Records in Memphis. During the recording session, he forgot the words to a fadeout section and substituted the whistle that famously ends the song. It would be his last session at the legendary studio. He […]

Carnegie Hall

It Happened In Music: Live from Carnegie Hall

Fifty-four years ago today, Carnegie Hall hosted some of jazz’s greatest: the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane. In honor of this historic moment in musical history, we’re featuring a playlist with a couple live recordings from this landmark performance as well as a selection of songs by other musicians who played that night. Have […]

Viva La Revolucion

It Happened In Music: Viva La Revolución

On November 20, 1975 Generalisimo Francisco Franco dies, marking the end of authoritarian rule in Spain and the beginning of an explosion in Spanish arts and culture. Many songs containing religious, political, or sexual messages were banned under the dictatorship for conflicting with Franco’s nationalist idea of a unified Spanish culture. This IHIM contains two […]

Louis Armstrong

It happened in music: Satchmo’s hot list

On this date in 1925, Louis Armstrong recorded the first of his Hot Five recordings, laying the foundation of the rhythmic and improvisational aspects of jazz. His mastery of the trumpet combined with his iconic vocal style makes him one of the most recognizable jazz musicians of all time. Today’s playlist contains all the tracks […]

The Famous Fillmore

It happened in music: The famous Fillmore

On November 6, 1966, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, creating what would be a hub of counterculture. In honor of this moment in music history, today’s playlist features songs by musicians who played at the Fillmore during the heyday of this historic venue. Have you seen any great live acts at […]

School of Rock

It happened in music: School of rock

On this day in 1975, the Sex Pistols played their debut show at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, where bass player Glen Matlock was studying. This featured playlist honors bands that met or got their start in university. Have your own ideas on which songs are school of rock worthy? Be sure to […]

Kurt Cobain guitar smash

It happened in music: Smashing guitars

On this day in 1988, Kurt Cobain–then an unsigned grunge immortal–smashed his first guitar at a Halloween show at Evergreen State College. Celebrate with few songs by some famous guitar smashers. Even add your own suggestions to our collaborative Spotify playlist.

Rage with ice cream

It happened in music: Revolutionary tracks

Twenty years ago today, Rage Against the Machine played their first live show at Cal State University, Northridge. They would go on to become infamous proponents of social justice. To commemorate this historical musical moment, we’ve created a playlist that embraces their revolutionary vibe. Have your own favorite revolutionary track to add to the mix? […]

The Legendary 808

It happened in music: The legendary 808

The Legendary 808: A playlist In fall of 2008, Kanye West recorded his album “808s and Heartbreak” at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 808 (technically the Roland TR-808) is a drum machine introduced in early 1980 that, although, not popular during its actual release, gained widespread popularity […]