Fab Four's mega-efficiency... -- VH's first Numero Uno... -- And from the "Lest We Forget" Dept., a birthday we just gotta tell you about...

Back sleeve photo of "Jump" single, Dec. 1983. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

2/25/1964 (55 years ago today) - Yes, they were that good: At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finish work on their next single "Can't Buy Me Love" -- They follow-up by laying down the B-side, "You Can't Do That", then complete the afternoon session by recording a brand new song, "I Should Have Known Better". The heart palpitates, the brain starts melting...

2/25/1984 (35 years ago today) - Eddie said he 'borrowed' some of the synth-lines from Hall & Oates' "Kiss On My List"; Daryl Hall said, "That's fine!": Van Halen score their first Number One single on this date with "Jump", featuring lyrics by David Lee Roth that were inspired by a TV news report about a man threatening to commit suicide by leaping off a high building -- Wisely, they made it a love song instead...

2/25/1937 - Happy Birthday to keyboardist-bandleader-and-songwriter Don Randi, 82 years old today, most famous for being a member of the legendary session masters The Wrecking Crew and a major contributor to record producer Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" --  Don played piano on Nancy Sinatra's seminal classic single "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (plus every Nancy Sinatra album), as well as guesting on The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations"; in addition to his own catalog of highly regarded piano-based jazz albums and composing soundtracks for a handful of 1970's cult-films (1972's "J.W. Coop" is pretty cool), Don's notoriety is based mostly from his appearances on {approximately} three hundred hit records(!), having worked with Linda Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball Adderly and, naturally, Frank Zappa, to name but just an extremely modest few. So now you know...

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