Music Diary – 1st December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 1st December!

John Densmore (The Doors)

John Densmore (The Doors)

Happy bday to Mr. John Paul Densmore, who was born on the 1st December 1944 in Los Angeles!

As a child, John was teached piano and later drums/percussion. He attended Santa Monica City College and California State University (Northridge) where Densmore began also he studies on ethnic music under Jazz cellist Fred Katz. In 1965 he joined the legendary group The Doors as a drummer.

The quartet consisted of Ray Manzarek on keyboards, Robby Krieger on guitar and singer Jim Morrison. The last live performance took place on the 12th December 1970 in New Orleans and one year later (3rd July 1971) Morrison died at the age of 27. After this tragedy, the remained members continued as The Doors and recorded the two albums „Other Voices“ (1971) and „Full Circle“ (1972). Finally in 1973 the group disbanded.

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Music Diary – 6th May

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 6th May!

satisfactinprofOn the 6th May 1965, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger worked on the legendary opening riff of „Satisfaction„. Keith recorded the very rough version of the legendary riff in a hotel room in Clearwater (Florida) before he fell asleep.

Keith Richards remembers, that the recording consisted of approximately two minutes of acoustic guitar before „hearing me drop the pick and starting snoring for the next forty minutes“.

The song was first recorded on 10th May 1965 at the Chess Studios in Chicago (feat. Brian Jones on harmonica). The Rolling Stones re-recorded the tune two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a slightly different beat and adding the „Gibson Maestro Fuzzbox“ to create a very special sound of the guitar riff. „(I can’t get no) Satisfaction“ was released on the 6th June 1965 in the USA following the 20th August 1965 for the UK. The track became one of the all-time greates rock songs ever recorded.


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Music Diary – 2nd May

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 2nd May!

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On the 2nd May 1980, the final Joy Division concert took place at the University of Birmingham’s High Hall (UK). Two weeks later, on the 18th May 1980, singer Ian Curtis commited suicide. Curtis‘, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, hung himself in his kitchen in Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK). The tragedy happened on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour. The remaining trio consisting of Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bass) and Stephen Morris (drums) formed shortly after this the band New Order.


The setlist of the final gig included the track „Ceremony„, which was later recorded and released by New Order. The very last song Ian Curtis performed live on stage was „Digital„. The complete recording of this final Joy Division performance is featured on the album „Still„, which was released in October 1981.

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