John Lennon Glasses

It Happened In Music: Famous auctions

On July 14th, 2007, a pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during the Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. Anonymous rival bidders had pushed the […]

Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix

It Happened In Music: Jimi Hendrix’s inspiration

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, […]

The Beatles last live performance

It Happened In Music: The End of an Era

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 […]

Nirvana, circa 1988

It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

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, […]

Beethoven

It Happened In Music: Follow in the Footsteps

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 […]

Grand Ole Opry

It Happened In Music: Country music gains fame

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]