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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Elvis in uniform

Our first day of playlists is inspired by a moment in music history and honors the servicemen and women who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home with family and friends this year. On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley received his draft notice for the United States Army. Despite his fans sending thousands […]

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Beethoven

On December 12, 1792, Ludwig van Beethoven received his first music lesson from renowned composer Joseph Haydn. They initially met almost two years earlier when Haydn, travelling from Vienna, stopped in Bonn on his way to perform in London. When Haydn saw Beethoven again on his return journey, he was so impressed with the young […]

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Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry has showcased country music’s biggest stars since 1925, when it was just a radio show called the “WSM Barn Dance.” After announcer George “Judge” Hay uttered the phrase “Grand Ole Opry” over the Nashville’s airwaves on December 10, 1927, the weekly country music show earned a new name. The birth of […]

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It Happened In Music: Otis Redding and Stax

Posted on December 7th, 2011 by Sonos Staff in It Happened In Music

Otis Redding

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 […]

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