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November 23, 1970 – A Search Continues, A War Goes On, The View From Folsom – Nixon Overrides A Veto –

A day a lot happened. This November 23rd in 1970 heard reports of an unsuccessful attempt to free American prisoners in a North Vietnamese detention camp. The raid itself was successful, but the purported prison camp had been evacuated several weeks earlier. The Defense Department Press conference left more questions...

Led Zeppelin in concert 1971

Led Zeppelin – Live At Paris Theatre – 1971 – Past Daily Weekend Soundbooth: John Peel Presents.

For no good reason whatsoever, it’s been almost 5 years since I last posted a Led Zeppelin concert. There are times you assume everyone has heard every note and every handclap of every album and every concert they ever did. And since Past Daily is, for the most part, committed...

French National Orchestra With Eugene Bigot Play Music Of Barraud – 1952 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Eugene Bigot was one of the most widely respected and recorded conductors during the 1930s and 1940s. During the era of the 78 rpm record, Bigot was responsible for recording more French repertoire heard all over the world than just about any conductor at the time. Sadly, his recording activities...

November 22, 1963 – The Day Things Changed – The JFK Assassination.

On November 22, 1963, Dallas Texas became the center of a strange universe. President Kennedy was assassinated on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to deliver an address at a Civic and Business leaders luncheon. The rest, as they say, is history. It started off as a typical day...

Steve Hackett – Live At Reading Festival 1981 – Past Daily Soundbooth

I think it’s safe to say, particularly if you’re a long-term Genesis fan, that when Peter Gabriel left the band it was paralyzing blow. But when Steve Hackett left the band it signaled a death-knell. The departure of these two key members from one of the most influential and popular...

Renaissance – Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival – 1970 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Most people remember Renaissance as the band which had a number of concept albums and hits via the FM-AOR format stations in the late 1970s. Truth of the matter, that was the third incarnation of the band. Renaissance originally began out of the ashes of The Yardbirds, with Keith Relf...

Top Of The Pops 1965 – Unit 4+2 – The Animals – Cliff Bennett – Dave Berry – Susan Maughan – Past Daily Soundbooth

Prior to the emergence of The Beatles, British Pop Music didn’t get nearly the attention it got after The Beatles arrived. Programs like Top Of The Pops, which began just as the British Invasion was getting started, fulfilled the nearly insatiable curiosity kids in the States had for what other...

The French National Orchestra With Roger Desormiere Play Music Of Ibert – 1951 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Sadly, the French conductor Roger Desormiere didn’t fully transition over to the era of the lp record before having his career cut short by a debilitating stroke. He was one of the most widely respected conductors in France, going from the late 1930s all the way to his forced retirement...

Beatlemania - 1965

If You Were A Teenager, And You Lived In L.A. , October 16, 1965 Sounded Like This.

If you’ve ever wanted to hear a slice of an average day of Top-40 radio in Los Angeles during those halcyon days of Rock, all things British Invasion and Motown, this may be your chance. It comes with a caveat though – this tape, like so many during those days,...

The Kinks

The Kinks – In Session – 1965 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Heading in the direction of the weekend with a 1965 session from The Kinks. Another band that shaped the future of Rock in the 1960s with some of the most memorable and influential songs of the British Invasion period (and well into the 70s with the iconic Lola), The Kinks...