Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Two Years Ago

Two years ago on this day, my wife Mary Lou and I were going through all sorts of travails with the bumbling fools we'd hired (on the recommendation of a neighbor, no less) to work on the outside of our house. Not too long after I posted that entry, I fired all of them in my driveway. Fortunately, we brought in a company that knew what it was doing and eventually the problems were fixed. That said, we still have improvements to both the outside and inside of the house to be done and in fact someone is working on an inside job right now.

I was also nearing completion of the fifth single ("I Roam the World and Three Others") in the Single of the Month series. That four song disc represented one of the highlights of the series, if you ask me.

I know I still need to send a few of you a "special" album for the support you've given Book of Kills over the years. It will happen. I just don't know exactly what shape or form it'll take.

A big day in rock and roll history:

On this day in 1963, one of the more momentous events in rock and roll history occurred when Capital Records finally issued a Beatles single (they'd been offered a number of songs by EMI over the past twelve months all of which Capital had deemed unworthy of release) featuring "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on the A-side and "This Boy" on the B-side. By early February, the record hit number one on the singles charts and perched there for the next seven weeks. A year later, The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" also hit number one. It was the sixth number one the group enjoyed in 1964 among THIRTY songs of theirs that had made it onto the charts.

Also on this day in 1968, Led Zeppelin began their first U.S. tour in support of Vanilla Fudge and Spirit at Denver Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.

On this day in 1970, George Harrison became the first ex-Beatle to score a number one hit with "My Sweet Lord".

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols went into Wessex Studios in London and eventually emerged with a recording of "God Save the Queen". 

And finally, on this day in 1979, Pink Floyd's THE WALL hit number one on the album charts in the U.S. I much prefer several other Floyd albums to THE WALL, truth be told, but it's obviously a good record.

"Every musician wants to do something which will hold up for a long time, and I guess we did it with 'Stairway to Heaven.'" -- Jimmy Page