Yesterday and Today Album Cover


It was the original cover shot for the Beatles album yesterday and today. But radio Dj’s were so offended that capitol recalled the album.


The original album cover from the Beatles – Yesterday and Today

In 1966, photographer Robert Whitaker brought the Beatles into his studio for a conceptual art shoot called “A somnambulant adventure”. The Beatles were dressed in white smocks and covered in pieces of meat and plastic doll parts.  The story goes that McCartney pushed the photo to be the cover, saying it was their view on the war.  When the original cover was recalled…several printed copies were sent to landfills but there were too many.  So, Capitol Records decided to paste a new cover over the old one, a picture of the fab four sitting around an open steamer trunk.  Both the original butcher cover as it became known and the pasted on cover became valuable collectors items…now selling for thousands of dollars.

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Don’t Stop Believin’

Journey single - Don't Stop Believin'

Journey single – Don’t Stop Believin’

In the US, the journey song don’t stop believin’ was released in 1981 and went to #9 in Billboard. In the UK, the song didn’t chart until it was re-released in 2009 and it reach #6.  The song’s title and chorus came from Jonathan Cain’s father. He would end every phone call to his son, a struggling musician in Los Angeles, with the words: “Don’t stop believing or you’re done.” Jonathon Cain joined Journey in 1980.  While trying to come up with another song for their album escape, Cain suggested the phrase for the chorus.   In 1981, Don’t Stop Believin’ became a huge hit in the US.   Then again 26 years later, when it was featured in the final scene of the Sopranos, Don’t stop believin’ was introduced to a new generation and the rest of the world.   In a side story, the lyrics mention being “born and raised in south Detroit”, however, there is no South Detroit.  The actual location south of downtown Detroit is the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario.

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Wah Wah Pedal

Unless you’re a guitar player, you may have never heard of a wah wah pedal.  In 1966, while rebuilding the beatles style Vox Amplifier for the Thomas Organ Company, a young electronics engineer named Brad Plunkett was creating some test equipment. In doing so, he accidentally stumbled on a circuit that made an odd “Wah” sound effect.  It was similar to the sound made when trumpet players mute notes with a hand or hat.  Plunkett and the other engineers were intrigued and attached an organ volume pedal.  Playing a Saxophone through their new wah-wah pedal, they impressed the boss.  The company created a patent called ‘foot controlled continuously variable preference circuit for musical instruments’.  The pedal was marketed in the US as the ‘Cry Baby’ and other countries as the ‘Vox pedal’.   Soon after it’s release, some of the most famous guitarists were quick to put it to use. Clapton used it on tales of brave Ulysses and Jimi Hendrix used it on Burning of the midnight lamp.  Today, the wah wah pedal is at the foot of nearly every electric guitar player.


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