On this Day in Music History: July 6, 1964

On this Day in Music History: July 6, 1964

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Brought to you by Blackfire Research….On this day in 1964, the film “A Hard Day’s Night” starring Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon of The Beatles premiered at The Pavilion Theatre in London. The film was produced and released during the height of “Beatlemania” and was made in the style of a “mockumentary,” which followed the band as they headed to London from their hometown of Liverpool to play a show, dodging screaming hordes of fans along the way. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards – one for Best Screenplay and one for Best Score (Adaptation) – and earned an estimated $11 million worldwide. “A Hard Day’s Night” is cited as one of the most influential musical films of all time, serving as inspiration for the American television program “The Monkees.” It also catapulted the popularity of British spy-comedies of the late 1960’s, and is often viewed as a precursor to the modern music video.

On this Day in Music History: December 8, 1980

On this Day in Music History: December 8, 1980

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36 years ago today, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon outside his residence, The Dakota, in New York City. Earlier that day, Lennon had signed an album for Chapman, who had been waiting outside Lennon’s home. After the attack, Chapman remained at the scene reading J.D. Salinger’s best-selling novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital at 11:15pm. Chapman pleaded guilty to the killing in court and remains in prison to this day.

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