On This Day (May 31)…Happy Birthday, Akira Ifukube!

The Japanese composer Akira Ifukube was born on this day in 1914 in Hokkaido, Japan. Retrieved from here. As a young child on Japan's northernmost island, Ifukube was exposed to the music of the Ainu, an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, as well as traditional Japanese music. The last ingredient in the swirling cauldron of … Continue reading On This Day (May 31)…Happy Birthday, Akira Ifukube!

On This Day (May 5)…Roundabout Comes to Ringsted

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1968 at the Beat House in Ringsted, Denmark. Ad for the show. Note both the use of the band's original name and the misspelling of said name. Retrieved from here. This was one of Purple's first-ever shows, from their very short Debut Tour. This debut tour took place … Continue reading On This Day (May 5)…Roundabout Comes to Ringsted

On This Day (March 22)…Bee Gees and the Blue

The Bee Gees released "The Battle of the Blue and the Grey" in Australia on this day in 1963. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwLxIjdGBrM This was the first single released by the group. They would go on to release new music as a trio throughout the next thirty-eight years. As of this writing, the last living member, Barry Gibb, … Continue reading On This Day (March 22)…Bee Gees and the Blue

On This Day (March 20)…Deep Purple’s First Pandemic Single

Deep Purple released "Throw My Bones" on this day in 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUW7PvvbbO4 Music video for the song. As of this writing, the video has had over two million views! "Throw My Bones" was the first complete song that the group released from their album Whoosh! and the second musical snippet overall. For their first look … Continue reading On This Day (March 20)…Deep Purple’s First Pandemic Single

On This Day (February 28)…Happy Birthday, Murray Gold!

The composer Murray Gold was born on this day in 1969 in Portsmouth, England. Photo of Gold in his studio from 2007. Retrieved from here. Gold is best known for his work on Doctor Who, where he served as the composer from 2005 to 2018. His continuous thirteen-year run with the show is one of … Continue reading On This Day (February 28)…Happy Birthday, Murray Gold!

On This Day (February 25)…Yuji Ohno’s Trip to the Cosmos

Yuji Ohno released the album Cosmos on this day in 1981. Album cover. Retrieved from here. Cosmos is a loose concept album about a trip to space overnight told primarily with a jazz orchestra and some synthesizers. Ohno, the primary composer, also played keyboards on the album. He was joined by a panoply of other … Continue reading On This Day (February 25)…Yuji Ohno’s Trip to the Cosmos

On This Day (February 10)…Yes at Theatre 140

Yes performed on this day in 1971 at Theatre 140 in Brussels, Belgium. List of concerts in February 1971 at this venue. Retrieved from here. At this time in their history, Yes had only released two albums. They would release their third, The Yes Album, just nine days after this performance. As such, they likely … Continue reading On This Day (February 10)…Yes at Theatre 140

On This Day (February 1)…Rainbow Come Down to Brussels

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at Forest National in Brussels, Belgium. Ad for the show. Retrieved from here. Rainbow were at this time on their Down to Earth Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. This concert, the second-ever performance the group gave in Belgium, came during the European leg … Continue reading On This Day (February 1)…Rainbow Come Down to Brussels

On This Day (January 30)…Happy Birthday, Paddy Kingsland!

The composer Paddy Kingsland was born on this day in 1947. Kingsland at work. Retrieved from here. Kingsland is famous for his work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a group of technologically-inclined composers who provided BBC's TV and radio productions with sound effects. Known as "the British Kraftwerk", this group was particularly noted for their … Continue reading On This Day (January 30)…Happy Birthday, Paddy Kingsland!

On This Day (January 29)…Rainbow Come Down to Essen

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at Gruga-Halle in Essen, Germany. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. Rainbow were at this time on their Down to Earth Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. This tour's setlist drew heavily from the recent album, with more than half of the songs … Continue reading On This Day (January 29)…Rainbow Come Down to Essen