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American Inventor Robert Moog, January 1970. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Today’s history notes are sub-titled “Macca and the Moog”, plus some live Dead!

5/23/1934 – Gotta give props here: born on this day, Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesiser (think about that for a minute). He built his first electronic instrument – the theremin - at age 14! He went on to make The MiniMoog, “the world’s first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. Robert passed away in August, 2005, just four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, “Good Vibrations” and pretty much the complete works of E.L.P., Genesis, Yes and many more, would be unimaginable without him.

5/23/1970 – (44 years ago today) Paul McCartney‘s debut solo album, “McCartney” (the one with the spilled bowl of cherries on the cover), starts a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. LP chart. Apart from a few Linda vocal bits, Paul performed and recorded and mixed the entire record all by himself! Here’s one of the album’s best songs, “That Would Be Something”, from his MTV Unplugged set, back in 1991:

5/23/1970 – (also 44 years ago today) The Grateful Dead played outside of the U.S. for the very first time at “The Hollywood Rock Music Festival” (lame name) in Newcastle, England. Check out a 1970 performance (recorded…where?) of “New Speedway Boogie”:

 

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