Good News on This Day in History

50 years ago today, The Allman Brothers Band recorded their breakthrough album Live At Fillmore East. Performed at the famed New York City music venue Fillmore East, run by concert promoter Bill Graham. The double LP features the band performing extended jam versions of songs such as Whipping Post (written by Gregg Allman), You Don’t Love Me, and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.

The Southern rock / blues record rapidly escalated the band’s exposure and gained them a new legion of loyal fans. Many consider this Allman Brothers release to be one of the best live albums of all time—and was their first album to go platinum. The shows (recorded two nights) were also filmed, and included several covers, like Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell). WATCH a performance of One Way Out... (1971)

The personnel included: Duane Allman – lead guitar, slide guitar;
Gregg Allman – organ, piano, vocals; Dickey Betts – lead guitar;
Berry Oakley – bass guitar; Jai Johanny Johanson – drums, congas, timbales; and Butch Trucks – drums, tympani

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Andrew Watson debuted as the world’s first black international football player and captain (1881)
  • The Girl Scouts was founded in the U.S., as “Girl Guides” (1912)
  • The first Fireside Chat was broadcast on radio by President Franklin Roosevelt to calm Americans’ fears during The Depression (1933)
  • Al Jarreau, the 7-time Grammy winning singer and jazz musician—best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away—was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1940)
  • Aaron Copland‘s Fanfare for the Common Man premiered, played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1943)
  • The Church of England ordained its first female priests (1994)
  • The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined NATO (1999)
  • The U.N. Security Council approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution endorsing a Palestinian state for the first time (2002)
  • Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society—but officials who recognize music, literature and visual art were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music, so inducted him as an honorary member like they did for Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, and Martin Scorsese (2013)

And, on this day in 1922, Jack Kérouac, the American novelist and poet considered the father of the Beat Generation (a term he invented) was born.

Kerouac by Tom Palumbo-CC
By Tom Palumbo, CC license

Recognized for his spontaneous method of writing and his first novel, On The Road, he wrote about Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel.

Happy 73rd Birthday to singer-songwriter and musician James Taylor. Born in Boston, he was raised in North Carolina by a trained opera singing mother and physician father. He wrote his first song on guitar at 14 and was soon playing coffee houses on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts where the family spent summers.

2008 photo by Paul Keleher, CC license

While applying to colleges as a teen, he was hit with a deep depression and spent 20 hours a day sleeping. After a 9-month stint at a local hospital, he came to see it as part of his personality and found a new reprieve (without college).

‘Sweet Baby James’ later overcame a heroin addition after becoming one of the most popular musical artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records worldwide, with hit covers like You’ve Got a Friend, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), and Mockingbird—the duet with his then-wife Carly Simon—and his own song Fire and Rain, written while in recovery. Taylor has won five Grammy Awards, including Pop Album of the Year in 1998 for Hourglass. He published a pop-up cowboy book last year inspired by his lullaby, entitled, Sweet Baby James. (1948)

1976 Capitol Records photo (public domain)

And, on this day in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, forming a union that would last 29 years until her death at age 56 from cancer. They only spent one weekend apart in three decades—when Paul was in custody for marijuana possession. Eastman, a photographer, musician, animal activist, and entrepreneur, had four children with Paul—Heather, Mary, Stella, and James who were raised in a happy, normal home in England.

91 years ago today, Mahatma Gandhi began his historic Salt March to the sea, a protest against British salt taxes in India. The crowd of marchers grew as Gandhi walked for 24 days, a 240 mile trek (390 km) to the beach at Dandi where he produced salt without paying any tax to the nation’s British rulers, sparking similar acts nationwide.

World media coverage helped to change attitudes towards Indian independence and inspire a nationwide Civil Disobedience Movement. After making the salt on the Dandi seaside, Gandhi, 61, was arrested in May—one of more than 80,000 Indians to be jailed as a result of the ongoing Satyagraha (“insistence on truth”) non-violent rebellion. It would take another 17 years to win independence, turning India into the largest democracy in the world. WATCH a historic newsreel… (1930)

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