HANS REMEMBERS- MUSIC NEWS FROM MAY 2, 1969- THE BEATLES- PINK FLOYD AND THE WHO

Hans Remembers – Music News from May 2, 1969- a number of music news stories from that day.

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  • At Abbey Road The Beatles continued to work on George Harrison’s soon to be classic “Something.” They would record 36 takes of the song- Billy Preston contributed to the song playing the Hammond organ. Frank Sinatra would later call “Something” the greatest love song ever written. George would steal the Abbey Road album with the two best songs on that album- Here Comes The Sun and Something.

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  • Pink Floyd appeared at Manchester Chamber of Commerce- and taped the show for their next coming album -which would be their 4th- Ummagumma which would be released in early November. The first disc was live material taken from the Mother’s Club in Birmingham and this night’s concert at Manchester and the second disc consists of solo compositions from the band members.  Ummagumma is not one of their most acclaimed albums.

The Who, original line up, performing in Chicago. Left to right: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend.

  • At Ronnie Scott’s in London- The Who appeared for a press conference to preview their upcoming album “Tommy” which would be released on May 23rd. Tommy would be a concept album about a deaf, dumb and blind boy and his experiences with life and his relationship with his family. The double album would go on to be The Who’s most famous album- and in 1975 a movie and in the early 1990’s a Broadway play. I like the album but it is far from The Who’s best album- can I call it overrated?
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