On This Day in Music, June 21st:
A lot has changed since 1948, but the RPMs in music aren’t one of them. It was on this day in ’48 when Colombia Records debuted a new vinyl disc, the LP.
Long Play albums spin at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. The slower speed allowed for more music on a single album, jumping from five minutes to 23 minutes per side.
Things may be digital now, but music is still recorded at the same speed all these years later.
Fast forward to 1994 and George Michael lost his lawsuit with Sony Records. Unhappy with his representation and the power Sony had over his career, Michael felt he was wronged.
The courts didn’t agree though and it cost the pop star over $5 million in legal fees. George Michael said he would never work with Sony again, but nine years later in 2003, he resigned with Sony once again.
In 2002, the world said hello to Bonnaroo. the music festival took place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. A year later, Rolling Stone Magazine listed Bonnaroo as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.
Over the years, Bonnaroo has featured acts like Phish, Dead and Friends, Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, and some have even returned multiple times.
Due to coronavirus, Bonnaroo’s original date was postponed and it is now scheduled for September 24-27.
Just a few notes from June 21st, This Day in Music.