Veteran singer-songwriters Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp have collaborated on a new song called Wasted Days. Mellencamp wrote and produced the song, with Springsteen lending his vocals and guitar playing. The acoustic number sees the two legends alternate verses, singing in harmony on some lines. Springsteen and Mellencamp have played together onstage in the past, but this is the first time they’ve recorded together. The track is the debut single from Mellencamp’s forthcoming album, due for release in 2022.
An electric guitar once owned by John William Cummings – aka Johnny Ramone – has gone under the hammer and has been sold for a whopping $937,500. The instrument was used on every Ramones album and is estimated to have been played at around 1,985 of their shows between 1977 and their eventual disbandment in 1996. Obviously, the guitar holds significant historical value, and is arguably the most important instrument in all of punk rock – which then of course, explains its bank-breaking price.
In the History of Rock in 1961 – Bob Dylan plays harmonica on three tracks of his friend Caroline Hester’s first album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed that he signs Dylan to a contract and arranges for a solo recording session of his own.
In 1963 – The Rolling Stones began their first tour of the United Kingdom, where they played 32 dates, opening for acts like The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and Little Richard.
And in 1967 – Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new song ‘I Am the Walrus’ which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”.