On This Date, January 6th, in 1975: Pink Floyd entered London’s Abbey Road Studios to begin recording its seventh studio album, Wish You Were Here. Like much of Pink Floyd’s material, the album’s two-part song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to the band’s former singer and guitarist Syd Barrett, whose drug-induced breakdown had forced him to leave the band several years earlier. Syd would also have celebrated his birthday today (Born 1/6/1946), if he had not passed away in July of 2006 at the age of 60. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Even though 10:00 PM is not exactly “too late” to stay awake, everyone I know has so much going on with pre-Thanksgiving preparations that it would be a shame to conk out early and miss The Beatles On Record, a new documentary which will premiere broadcast on The History Channel Wednesday, November 25th at 10:00 PM!
“The Beatles On Record charts The Beatles’ extraordinary recording journey from “Please Please Me” to the epic Abbey Road LP and reveals how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created an enduring body of work that pushed the boundaries of studio recording, changing the course of musical history and popular culture. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Sir George Martin, The BeatlesOn Record features over 60 songs, rarely seen footage and images from The Beatles’ archives along with never-before-heard outtakes of conversation from the original recording sessions. The result is an intimate look at the creative process behind each of the band’s Abbey Road Studios masterpieces. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton, who directed the landmark Beatles Anthology series and created mini-documentaries for The Beatles’ recently released re-mastered albums on CD!”
I am so excited to see this program, and I’m sure you are, too! So, don’t forget to set your DVR’s to record the History Channel (Channel 40 for Time Warner Cable subscribers, Channel 740 in HD) at 10:00 PM Wednesday. The program reruns a bunch of times throughout the next few days (the Beatles Official Website actually refers to additional airings on “later dates across A&E Television Networks”), so if you space out, check local listings for additional opportunities to catch what will surely be an awesome show! Because the Beatles are awesome!