The Beatles “White Album” was released on this day in 1968. What was the closest thing to a single released from that album?
Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!
- 1968: The Beatles self-titled album is released complete with color photos of each member of The Beatles and a fold-out poster. Because of its simple cover, the double record set is known as The White Album.
- 1969: John Lennon returns his MBE medal to the Queen as a protest against the British involvement in Biafra and British support of American troops in Vietnam.
- 1976: Bill Graham organizes “The Last Waltz” for the band at Winterland in San Francisco – the event is documented by Martin Scorsese and includes friends Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison, Ron Wood, Neil Young, and many others.
- 1984: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is recorded and turns out to be a huge hit single and best ever in England. The musicians involved call themselves Band-Aid and donate the proceeds to fight the African famine – among the performers are Sting, Bono and Adam from U2, Phil Collins, and organizer Bob Geldof.
- 1994: Aerosmith re-releases all of its early Columbia albums in one box set called “Box of Fire.”
And from the WZLX ticket stash…Elton John played the Boston Garden in 1974, and the Allman Brothers Band played the Providence Civic Center as a benefit for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign in 1975.