Carl Perkins and Friends: Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session, 1985

Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session was a concert that was held on 21 October 1985 in London, England, and featured rock n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins and his house band, along with friends as guest stars, including Eric Clapton, former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as Dave Edmunds who acted as musical director for the show. Most of the repertoire performed in the concert consisted of Perkins' classic rockabilly songs from the 1950s. The concert special was originally broadcast on Cinemax in 1986 with introductory comments by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The concert is a memorable highlight of Perkins' later career and has been highly praised by fans for the spirited performances delivered by Perkins and his famous guests.


Bob Dylan performed this song at a Ramblin' Jack Elliott show at the Bitter End cafe on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village on July 3, 1975, during a show with Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Bob has never performed this song live in any other show. Listen to this alternative version, which differs a lot from the studio recording on the Biograph release. This version is superbly adapted and one of the best live performances of a song of this era. The song was written by Bob and is about the break-up of his marriage to his first wife, Sara Lowndes. The song was later copied by former Beatles member, George Harrison.

Richie Havens: The Lost Broadcasts

This release compiles a number of television appearances by musician Richie Havens between 1969 and 1971 Richie Havens: The Lost Broadcasts film.

DVD set containing rarely seen and heard performances. The sessions featured on this package are drawn from June 1969 through to late October 1971. From the earliest sessions just before the Woodstock festival, Havens performs two versions of the Beatles song 'Lady Madonna' and 'Just Above My Hobby Horses Head', both tracks from the Richard P Havens album. Moving forward to October 1971, we have three versions of the George Harrison song 'Here Comes The Sun', which was a featured track on his then current album Alarm Clock. Two other songs come from this session. 'Teach Your Children' and a cover of the James Taylor song 'Fire And Rain'. The final song comes from a session filmed almost a month later at the end of October and is another take on the George Harrison song 'Here Comes The Sun'. Gonzo.

Today in History for Monday, February 25Th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

The Beatles - Dream Baby - Live

The Beatles - Dream Baby by Roy Orbison live in 1962

Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Cindy Walker, originally recorded and released by Roy Orbison

Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar

John Lennon - backing vocal, rhythm guitar

George Harrison - backing vocal, lead guitar

Ringo Starr - drums

As "In Dreams" was released in April 1963, Orbison was asked to replace guitarist Duane Eddy on a tour of the UK in top billing, with The Beatles, whose popularity was on the rise. When he arrived in England, however, he saw the amount of advertising devoted to the quartet and realized he was no longer the main draw. He had never heard of them and, annoyed, asked hypothetically, "What's a Beatle anyway?" to which John Lennon replied after tapping his shoulder, "I am."On opening night, Orbison opted to go onstage first although he was the more established act. Known for having raucous shows expressing an extraordinary amount of energy, Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr stood dumbfounded backstage as Orbison performed completely still and simply sang through fourteen encores. Finally, when the audience began chanting "We want Roy!" again, Lennon and McCartney prevented Orbison from going on again by physically holding him back. Starr later said, "In Glasgow, we were all backstage listening to the tremendous applause he was getting. He was just standing there, not moving or anything." Through the tour, however, both acts quickly learned to get along, a process made easier by the fact that the Beatles admired his work. Orbison felt a kinship with Lennon, but it was Harrison with whom he would later form a strong friendship. The moniker of "The Big O" would eventually follow him back to the States, where it became an unofficial nickname for Orbison.

Living in the Material World

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this is the trailer for George Harrison: Living In The Material World.

Released 10 October on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a Deluxe Edition, which includes 2 DVDs, a Blu-ray, a 96-page book and a CD of never-before-released tracks.

Today in History for November 29Th

President Johnson names commission to investigate JFK's assassination; U.N. passes resolution calling for the British Mandate of Palestine to be partitioned; First flight over the South Pole; Natalie Wood, Cary Grant and George Harrison die. (Nov. 29)

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

An archive, curated for posterity, of a largely candid photographic record of the association or interaction of notable individuals, with a primary focus on persons known to possess or exhibit a remarkable degree of awesomeness.