by Caitlin Buckley
Music embeds itself into our memories. Whether it be the day an album comes out, a song that represents a friendship, or the moment our favourite singer died. Pick a date in musical history and the events of that day are bound to spark nostalgia for thousands of people, but all for individual reasons.
On this day, 4th June, I’m sure it’s no different. In 1942, this date marked the opening of Capitol Records in LA. Starting with a release by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, “I Found A New Baby” and “The General Jumped At Dawn”. Founded with $25000, Capitol Records grew to represent Nat King Cole, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra following its acquirement by EMI in 1955. Nowadays, it sits under Universal Music Group and boasts acts such as Halsey, Naughty Boy, Paul McCartney, Sam Smith and Nine Inch Nails. Record companies are as relevant today as they were in 1942, they continue to grow and adapt to meet new demands. Two years ago, record companies in the UK saw a surge in earnings of 10.6% after overcoming the hurdle of illegal streaming and embracing the popularity of established streaming sites such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Record-breaking history also began with this date. The Beatles started a 28 week run at No.1 in the UK charts with “Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967. Furthermore, the album found itself back at No.1 in 2017 after being re-released for the 50th birthday of the record. They had already managed to exceed this 4 years earlier, however, with 30 weeks at the top with “Please Please Me”. Simon and Garfunkel still hold the record for 33 weeks at the top in 1970 with their album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
Many people remember the day an album was released. On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his album, “Born In The USA” . Metallica released, “Load” in 1996, and Disclosure, “The Face” in 2012.
This date also represents remembrance. In 2017 - Ariana Grande’s commemorative concert for Manchester, One Love, was held on 4th June. Arranged in memory of the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena 2017 terrorist bombing, the benefit concert included Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Liam Gallagher and Katy Perry. Benefit concerts have long been used to raise awareness, bring people together, and fundraise. Some of the biggest benefit concerts to date include Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, Live Aid in 1985, and The Concert for New York in 2001.
Every single day of the year is replete with the rich world of musical history and we get to experience it in so many ways.