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On this day in music history: October 19, 1964 - “Wednesday Morning, 3AM”, the debut album by Simon & Garfunkel is released. Produced by Tom Wilson, it is recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York City from March 10 - 31, 1964. Recorded in just two weeks, the acoustic folk album is released to little fanfare, and attracts very little attention. As a result of the albums’ initial failure, Art Garfunkel returns to his studies at Columbia University, while Paul Simon travels to England and writes numerous songs, many of which end up on his first solo album “The Paul Simon Songbook” in 1965. Almost a year after its release, producer Tom Wilson uses studio musicians (originally hired to back Bob Dylan) to overdub electric guitar, bass and drums on to the track “The Sounds Of Silence”. The newly released “electric” version of the song shoots to number one in January 1966, prompting CBS to re-promote the duos’ debut. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2001 with three bonus tracks added. “Wednesday Morning, 3AM” peaks at number thirty on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic Version) (1968)

Ok this acoustic version of The Beatles song, While My Guitar Gently Weeps appeared on their you tube page yesterday, i thought you all might to take a listen. The released of this video coincides with the forth coming release of the 50th anniversary reissue of The White Album. This recording dates back to July 25th, 1968.

I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps


Well…

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping
[LOVE version:] I look from the wings at the play you are staging.
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all
[LOVE version:] As I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, ooh

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On this day in music history: October 19, 1964 - “Beach Boys Concert”, the seventh album by The Beach Boys is released. Produced by Brian Wilson, it is recorded at The Civic Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA on December 23, 1963 and August 1, 1964. Compiled from two live shows recorded eight months apart, Sacramento, CA is chosen to make the album as the city is one of the first markets to play the bands records. The album includes a number of the bands’ hits along with cover versions of other songs performed in their show. The band will later admit the final product involved recording some post production vocal overdubs and instrumentation (even using parts of the studio masters of “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “I Get Around”), due to technical issues with microphones and the vocals being drown out by the screaming audience. In spite of this mild controversy, it is hugely successful and the bands’ first chart topping album. The original release comes in a gatefold sleeve with a four page booklet with photos of the band, glued inside the center spread of the sleeve. It is reissued a number of times over the years, first as a budget priced album on Pickwick Records in 1972 as “Wow! Great Concert!”, cutting down the already brief LP (clocking at under thirty three minutes) by omitting the tracks “The Wanderer” and “Johnny B. Goode”. The album makes its CD debut in 1990 as a 2-fer CD with the “Live In London” concert album. “Concert” is remastered and reissued again in 2000 as a stand alone CD. “Beach Boys Concert” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.