Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 3

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Happy birthday to Stephen Stills. What nickname did Crosby & Nash give him on that first album they did together back in ’69?

Answer: Captain Many Hands (because he played just about every instrument on the album.

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • Happy Birthday: Stephen Stills, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and George Martin, producer of all those fine Beatles albums.
  • 1970: Speaking of The Beatles, they recorded what would be their last song together – “I Me Mine,” which appeared on Let It Be. A decade later George Harrison used the songtitle as the name for his autobiography.
  • 1974: After eight years of seclusion, Bob Dylan began a 25-city, 39-day tour. Chicago was the first stop on the tour, which reunited Dylan with his backing group, The Band. Many of the shows were recorded and the result was the double live album Before the Flood.
  • 1982: Bruce Springsteen began recording songs for what would become his Nebraska album. The stark, folk-inspired collection of solo recordings was done on a 4-track recorder at Springsteen’s home in New Jersey. Although the album was one of Bruce Springsteen’s least successful commercial efforts, it did receive critical raves.

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