Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

It's August 16

It's August 16. Early morning and already hot. Got pretty ill last night. Feel kinda crappy today.

No news on the music front. I have a headache and can't focus on writing or recording. I think I'll go back and listen to the material I started (and later temporarily abandoned) last month to see if it's salvageable. I haven't thought a whole lot about it, to be honest, but I still can't figure out what I want to do with the remaining single. As I've said more than once already, a "best-of" with a couple new songs seems like a good idea, but I'm still not sure that's the direction I want to go in.

54 years ago today, Brian Epstein fired Pete Best as drummer for The Beatles. Of course, Richard Starkey would soon take Best's position in the band.

47 years ago today, The Beatles started work on the George Harrison classic, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Harrison brought in Eric Clapton to handle the lengthy solos on the song.

39 years ago today, Elvis Presley was found dead in his bathroom with a copy of THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR JESUS near his body. Elvis still holds the record for most entries on the U.S. Hot 100 charts with 154. I remember I was living in Dayton, Virginia at the time but was sitting in my Dodge Colt in the parking lot of a grocery store in nearby Bridgewater (where I now live) when I heard the news on the radio. At the time, I was very into punk and indie rock, but Elvis's death stunned and saddened me. I always loved his music, particularly his '50s stuff.

"Hearing him [Elvis] for the first time was like busting out of jail." -- Bob Dylan

 "Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." -- John Lennon