Today in History: Rolling Stones release debut album in 1964

Today in History: Rolling Stones release debut album in 1964

The album The Rolling Stones, released in the United States with the added title “England’s Newest Hit Makers”, topped the UK charts for twelve weeks.

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American soul and R&B singer often referred to as “Queen of Soul.” She was best known for her songs “Respect,” “Think,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died in her home in Detroit in August 2018.

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Happy 89th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Happy 89th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

American jazz musician Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was born 102 years ago today. Cole became famous as a singer and jazz pianist. He was one of the first African Americans to host his own national television show, The Nat King Cole Show. He grew up in in Chicago where he was strongly influenced by the pianist Earl Hines. In Los Angeles, Cole formed his first jazz trio with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass. In 1946, Cole’s recording of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” made him an immediate star. Songs like “Nature Boy” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) or “Unforgettable” (1951) established him as a leading force in popular music throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.

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Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959

Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959

It is considered the best-selling jazz album in history and one of the most influential works of jazz music ever produced.

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Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

Today in History: Last public Beatles performance in 1969

50 years ago today, the Beatles gave their last public concert. It was an unannounced performance on the rooftop of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row in London. The Beatles’ last (scheduled) live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

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Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

Today in History: First live TV performance by Elvis Presley in 1956

63 years ago today, Elvis Presley gave his first live performance on U.S. national television as a guest on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in New York. Following a rehearsal in Memphis, Elvis arrived in New York on January 25th. He stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 52nd Street, enjoyed some sightseeing during the following two days before the studio rehearsal on Saturday morning. The show aired Saturday night from CBS Studio 50 where the “King” rocked the world with “Shake, Rattle & Roll”: and “I Got a Woman.”

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