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This Week in History

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20 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia’s Last, Long Strange Trip

Wearing a garland of marigolds, bandmate Bob Weir waded out into the waters of India's sacred Ganges River twenty years ago and released some of the ashes of Jerry Garcia. He and Garcia's widow, Deborah Koons, traveled to India with the ashes, drawing objections from some of his family members.

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Peter Green’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ [VIDEOS]

On March 29, 1968, Fleetwood Mac released 'Black Magic Woman' two years before it became a big hit for Santana. The song was actually written and sung by original Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

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Early Days at The Cavern Club [VIDEO]

On March 21, 1961, The Beatles played the Cavern Club at night for the first time. “We used to play lunchtime dates” George Harrison recalled. “We’d get up and go down to the Cavern and play from noon till about two. It was very casual.

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Look Out Kid [VIDEO]

On March 8, 1965, Bob Dylan released the single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues." It was a beat poetry-inspired glimpse into the counterculture of the sixties. The song was featured in a film documentary about his 1965 tour of England and the clip, shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, became one of the first music videos.

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Reprise Records
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‘Goin’ Up To The Spirit In The Sky’ [VIDEO]

Check out this rare footage of 'Spirit In The Sky' which entered the charts this week in 1970. Norman Greenbaum was inspired to write the tune after watching Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on TV saying later "I thought, 'Yeah, I could do that,' knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song...

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ATCO Records
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Cream Says ‘GoodBye’ [VIDEO]

This week in 1969, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker bid the world goodbye with an album by the same name, closing the book on rock’s very first supergroup. Like Wheels of Fire, Goodbye blended live recordings with studio recordings. The album's most celebrated contribution to the Cream legacy was a tune simply named “Badge.”

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Atlantic Records
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Stephen Stills And His First On His Own Project

Stephen Stills releases his tune "Love The One You're With" this week in 1970. The song would climb up the music chart and hit #14. This was the first single to come out of his debut solo album.

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Warner Brothers
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R.E.M. Drummer Quits In 1998 Replaced By Machine [VIDEO]

When drummer Bill Berry left R.E.M., Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills could have taken the route that dozens of bands before them had by hiring a new guy. But that’s not who R.E.M. were. Instead, the remaining members took the road less traveled: they hired a drum machine.

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George Harrison On ‘Extra Texture’: ‘I Was In A Real Down Place’

This week in 1975, George Harrison’s final album under his contract with Apple Records and EMI was released. George later described ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ as “a grubby album, in a way. The production left a lot to be desired, as did my performance. I was in a real down place.

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Kansas: ‘Masque Is A Kind of Metamorphosis’

Released in September 1975, Masque was described as a “concept album” in the liner notes. If you liked Kansas, you liked this album although I knew a few people who bought Masque just for the album cover art. It’s a portrait made with fish, eels, rays, shells, turtles and coral.

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Zappa Records
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‘Joe’s Garage, Act I’: A ‘Stupid Little Story About How The Government Is Going To Do Away With Music’

Released in September 1979, Joe’s Garage, Act I made it to No. 27 on the Billboard 200, while Acts II & III reached No. 53. Frank Zappa once referred to Joe’s Garage as a “stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music.” Over the years, its reputation has grown. Today it stands as one of Zappa’s best albums

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Lookin’ Back

Bob Seger's song Lookin’ Back was originally released as a single in September of 1971. Four years later it was recorded at Cobo Hall for Live Bullet and I was one of thousands of crazy people in the crowd. I met Bob Seger backstage for the second time. The first time was at the old IMA in downtown Flint when Beautiful Looser came out. He offered me a bottle of beer from an ice-filled garbage can, my first Heineken.

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