On this day in music history: August 17, 1959 - “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis is released. Produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend, it is recorded at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City on March 2, 1959 and April 22, 1959. Recorded in two sessions six weeks apart, it features Davis backed by musicians John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. The songs are created by Miles giving the musicians chord changes based on musical modes rather than traditional chord progressions, then improvising on those changes. The original LP release of “Kind Of Blue” is a source of confusion among musicians and fans for years when the three tracks (“So What”, Freddie Freeloader", and “Blue In Green”) on the first side of the album are a quarter tone sharper than originally played. The problem turns out to have been caused by one of the two tape machines recording the session running slower than the other. The album is not reissued with the songs at the correct pitch until 1992. All reissues from that time on are mastered using the back up 3-track session tapes cut during the initial recording session. The album goes on to become one of the most popular and influential jazz recordings of all time. Having taken over thirty years for the album to sell over million copies, its sales explode during the peak of the CD boom, tripling in sales during the 90’s and 2000’s. For the album’s 50th anniversary, Sony Music releases a three disc edition featuring the original album along with alternate takes of “Flamenco Sketches” and “Freddie Freeloader” (w/ the false start), along with in studio dialog recorded during the sesssions. The second disc includes live recordings featuring the sextet, with the third disc being a DVD featuring a documentary about the development and recording of the landmark album along with the rarely seen television program “The Sound Of Miles Davis” originally aired on April 2, 1959. “Kind Of Blue” has been certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992. In 2002, the album is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress.
David Tennant’s Bed (or rather, his old/former bed). He put the bed up for auction while on Christian O’ Connell’s Breakfast Show in 2009, with the proceeds benefiting Children in Need. It was ultimately purchased by British Gas for £5,000 (after they supposedly accidentally demolished it at the Absolute Radio studio).
A bit of dialog from the “Twittersode” featuring David’s bed on Christian O’ Connell’s (David Tennant’s) Breakfast Show:
David: What’s slightly surreal is we’re also performing this on the bed that I’ve slept in for the past 15 years. […] There’s bits that have fallen off it. It’s comfy though, right? Christian: Yeah David: and snug Christian: It’s very snug. It’s not very big! For a big guy like you this is quite a small bed for 15 years of… fun. David: <laughs> Christian: The stories… If this bed could talk David: Well… there were never more than two people on it at one time.
Source for the “Twittersode” from Absolute Radio [ X ]