Hans remembers an eventful day- the headlines from Wednesday April 9, 1969- 50 years ago today.

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  • Bad craziness at Harvard University- close to 300 students at the university- most of them members of the Students for a Democratic Society- took control of the schools administrative building. The Cambridge police and Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcement officers charge in with billy clubs and pepper spray and arrested a total of 184, 45 were injured. More disruptions at schools of higher learning would fill the news in the late 60’s and early 70’s. There was one cause- the war in Vietnam.

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  • In more pleasant and mellow news- Bob Dylan shocked a lot of people today by releasing a country album that he had recorded in Nashville- Nashville Skyline. Lay Lady Lay would be a hit single. Dylan also recorded for the album a duet with his friend Johnny Cash- the old Dylan song “Girl From The North Country.” Kris Kristofferson would say of Dylan and Nashville Skyline- “Our generation owes him our artistic lives because he opened all the doors in Nashville when he did Blonde On Blind and Nashville Skyline. The country scene was so conservative until he arrived. He brought in a whole new audience. He changed the way people thought about it- even the Grand Ole Opry was never the same again.” My only complaint about Nashville Skyline is it’s length- only 27 minutes long far too short. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100

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  • The first British built Concorde 002 on this day made its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.

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  • The progressive rock music band King Crimson made their concert debut on this day at The Speakeasy in London. Their landmark debut album In The Court of the Crimson King would be released in October.





  1. Way to go Dylan! Nothing like some new blood to shake up the status quo. I liked Lay Lady Lay (a song I like from an artist I don’t…LOL).

    I’ve gone back and forth with Max over Dylan & Lennon. He claims heresy when I say I don’t like them. But, in a way…I do. I love Dylan & Lennon…2nd generation! LOL!

  2. I don’t see how on Earth Lay Lady Lay could be called a country song. I also do not like that Cash-Dylan mixup for the Girl from the North Country. Dylan shaking up Nashville is cool though.

    • Bob and Johnny had talked about doing an album together at one point. I think maybe they realized that their voices didn’t mess well together.. I always remember my grandma didn’t like Johnny Cash- I don’t know how many times she would say ” he doesn’t sing he talks”– she never converted me though.

    • I love them separately, just not together. You will never guess what played just now on pandora when I drove home. It isn’t a coincidence. They are “watching” everything we do online!

    • Oh a couple days ago we mentioned Boxcar Willie. My wife’s grandma died a couple years ago- the other day she went to see her mom and came home with a box of albums that her grandma had owned.. she was a big country music fan- I think I now have every George and Tammy– and Porter and Dolly album—plus- a 3rd copy now of Boxcar Willie- King of The Road… yes life is good! ha!

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