queenofsoul

Aretha Franklin, the singer and songwriter who Rolling Stone ranked at the top of its “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list, celebrates her 70th birthday today. And if anyone deserves a little respect for her seventh decade on the planet, it’s the Queen of Soul! We thought the best way to honor the legendary […]

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It Happened In Music: Jimi Hendrix’s inspiration

Posted on March 1st, 2012 by Sonos Staff in It Happened In Music

Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix

It’s easy to picture our greatest musical minds as utter geniuses, creating their own ideas and styles simply by drawing from some inexplicable inner wellspring. But like the rest of us, even the brightest have to take inspiration from somewhere–or someone else.  On March 1, 1964  Jimi Hendrix began recording and performing with Little Richard, […]

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White_Stripes

Two years ago today, The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group’s songs without permission. The song at hand: “Fell In Love With A Girl,” which purportedly played during an ad for Super Bowl XLIV. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took “strong […]

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It Happened In Music: The End of an Era

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by Sonos Staff in It Happened In Music, Music In Culture

The Beatles last live performance

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles play a lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes, it is the last time The Beatles perform live. The performance, which was filmed for the Let It Be movie, is stopped early by police after neighbors […]

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It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

Posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Sonos Staff in It Happened In Music, Music In Culture

Nirvana, circa 1988

On January 23, 1988, Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. It was this tape that made it into the hands of  Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of Sub Pop records. After hearing the demo, he offers to put out a Nirvana single. This historic event set the Seattle sound into motion, […]

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