Musings On Music History: Bobby Has A Birthday, Fleetwood Loses A Fellow, and Michael Gets Married

05.24: Quick! By what nom de plume is Robert Allen Zimmerman better known by? If you said Bob Dylan you get a cookie. Bobby, as we like to call him, was born on this day in 1941. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, singer/songwriters ever to take up a guitar, Mr. Dylan’s contributions to the ’60s canon can never be underestimated. From his early work in folk, leading the way for the protest music that would influence the decade, to his plugging in, leading the way for the electric and psychedelic music that would also inform the decade, Bob Dylan’s music built on his own emotions, his own stories, and took over popular music. Bob is the man. We could go on and on and on, but we shan’t. If you wanna know more about the man, just use that newfangled interwebs. It’s got everything.

[more]05.24: On this day in 1970, Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green quit the band, declaring money was evil and giving all of his away to charity. He’d suggested that the other members of the band do the same, but, of course, they didn’t. It’s been said that his use of LSD led to a gradual schizophrenic break from reality, which led to his pursuit of other lines of work after he hung up his Fleetwood Mac guitar, such as (so rumor goes) gravedigger, a bartender, a hospital orderly, and a member of an Israeli commune. Without Green leaving Fleetwod Mac, though, could we have ever witnessed the glory of Rumours? We think not, so we’re kinda glad he went insane and left the group. Just check out “Don’t Stop” if you don’t believe us when we say Fleetwood Mac was better off without him.

05.26: On this day in 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shocked the world with word of their marriage. The love affair only lasted 20 months, but that’s probably 20 months longer than anyone would’ve guessed. What a weird, weird world Mr. Jackson did inhabit. We’d be scared to visit.

05.28: On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers called it quits. But not for good. The group reformed in 1978 with a few new members and released Enlightened Rogues. And, still, to this day, they continue to rip up venues all over the world, having been reinvented, yet again, with the additions of Derek Trucks (the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks) and Warren Haynes, two phenomenally talented musicians.

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