Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1969 – The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” album, the soundtrack to the animated film of that name, is awarded a gold record. The album contains only four previously unreleased Beatles songs: Harrison’s “It’s All Too Much” and “Only a Northern Song” and Lennon and McCartney’s “Hey Bulldog” and “All Together Now.”

1972 – Paul Simon releases his first new song without Art Garfunkel, “Mother and Child Reunion.”

1972 – Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold” is released.

1972 – Elton John hits #24 with “Levon.”

1991 – The first date in what becomes an annual stand of Eric Clapton concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall finds Clapton joined in different segments by a four-piece band, a nine-piece band, a blues band, and orchestra. The series lasts for 24 nights – hence the title of a live double-CD documentary, “24 Nights,” released later in the year.

1993 – Rod Stewart tapes an “MTV Unplugged” appearance, which airs on May 5th. Highlights of the performance become an album “Unplugged…and Unseated.”

1998 – Elton John and Stevie Wonder play for President Bill Clinton and the British Prime Minister at the White House.


Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears) 1944