Zimmy plugs in -- Neil joins in -- Burt ca$hes in...

Not something you see every day...L-R: Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash; Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 2008. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

7/25/1965 (52 years ago today) - Was the crowd hostile because he abandoned his folk roots or was it due to really poor sound quality? Well, history says, it was probably a little of both: Tonight's the night Bob Dylan went electric for his headlining set at The Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Backed by The Butterfield Blues Band (featuring the fantastic Mike Bloomfield on guitar), Bob was booed by the folk music purists who felt betrayed, while some in the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. Where's the "Wayback Machine" when you need it...

7/25/1969 (48 years ago today) - Actually, he was only asked to just help out with some live stuff...: It's Neil Young's first appearance on stage with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash -- The gig's at the Fillmore East in N.Y.C., and {here's the weird fact, Jack} not one of the artists involved ever formally looked at it as the beginning of a 40 year on-again-off-again artistic relationship! Pretty much defines "It is what it is"...Meanwhile, check out this superb rarity:

7/25/1970 (47 years ago today) - Say what you will, the girl could sing!: "Close To You" by The Carpenters starts four weeks at No. 1, the first of three chart-topping singles for the saccharine brother-and-sister MOR legends -- They were (beyond) wildly successful despite going against the artistic grains of the times, and would score another 17 Top Ten hits, all of 'em selling in the million-millions!! Written by the legendary team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David back in 1963, "Close To You" was first offered to Herb Alpert who turned it down because he despised the line "so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair..." -- Stats don't lie: Burt actually composed no less than 28 Top Ten hits between 1958 and 1986! Karen Carpenter's fate was a much sadder story...

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