Presty the DJ for Dec. 7

The number one British album today in 1963 will be at number one for 21 weeks — “Meet the Beatles”:

The number one single here today in 1963 certainly was not a traditional pop song:

Today in 1967, Otis Redding recorded a song before heading on a concert tour that included Madison:

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 6

The number one British single today in 1967:

Today in 1968, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, including saxophonist Curtis Amy, backed The Doors for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS:

The number one single today in 1969:

On that day, a free festival in Altamont, Calif., featured the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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Presty the DJ for Dec. 5

The number one album today in 1960 was Elvis Presley’s “G.I. Blues” …

… which is probably unrelated to what Beatles Paul McCartney and Pete Best did in West Germany that day: They were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and igniting it. Their sentence was deportation.

The number one single today in 1964 (really):

The number one single today in 1965 wasn’t a single:

The number one British single today in 1981:

The number one single today in 2002:

The number one British single today in 2004 …

… was a remake of the original:

The number one British album today in 2004 was U2’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”:

So who shares a birthday with our guitar-playing son? “Little Richard” Penniman:

Eduardo Delgado of ? and the Mysterians:

Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina:

Jack Russell of Great White …

… was born the same day as Les Nemes of Haircut 100:

Two deaths of note today: Doug Hopkins, cofounder of the Gin Blossoms, in 1993 …

… and in 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Presty the DJ for Dec. 4

Imagine being a fly on the wall at Sun Studios in Memphis today in 1956, and listening to the Million Dollar Jam Session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

The number one single today in 1965:

The number one British album today in 1971 was Led Zeppelin’s ” the Four Symbols logo“, alternatively known as “Four Symbols” or “IV” …

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Second song, same theme as the first

Not long ago Tim McGraw, who once sang about a truck …

… sang about another truck:

Before we go on: McGraw sings about “an old stick-shift dark blue F-150 in good condition.” But if you look at 45 degrees on the steering wheel …

… you will see an automatic transmission shifter. (No automaker has made a three-on-the-tree vehicle in decades.)

It turns out that there are now don’t-want-my-truck-anymore songs on the country charts, thanks to Dylan Scott:

I would suggest that McGraw and Scott trade truck, except that you’ll notice what happens to Scott’s truck at the end of the video.

It is interesting that two artists, or their writers, came up with the same song theme so close together time-wise.

One wonders who will be the artist who writes about a breakup with his truck. As someone pointed out, once trucks become self-driving a truck can initiate a breakup.

Presty the DJ for Dec. 1

The number one single today in 1958:

The number one British single today in 1966:

The number one single today in 1973:

Today in 1987, a Kentucky teacher lost her U.S. Supreme Court appeal over her firing for showing Pink Floyd’s movie “The Wall” to her class over its language and sexual content.

The school board that fired the teacher apparently figured that they don’t need her education.

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