Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Best Christmas Songs of All-Time, December 7

Welcome to Day Seven of The Best 150 Christmas Songs of All-Time*:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: December 7

1958: George Harrison joined the Quarrymen, named after John Lennon's school. The group also included Paul McCartney, Len Garry and John Lowe.  (Note:  most websites show this date as February 6, however, David Bedford, in his book 'The Fab one Hundred and Four', contradicts this date.  Bedford points out that guitarist Eric Griffiths left the group because he was being replaced by Harrison.  In new research conducted by Bedford, he shows the Merchant Navy records of Griffiths, who joined his first ship on February 11.  Obviously, one doesn't just hop aboard a ship right after deciding to join the Navy.  In fact, Eric qualified as an officer cadet in January, 1958, meaning that in order to complete his training, he would have had to sign up for the Merchant Navy no later than mid-December, 1957.  All sources agree that Harrison joined the Quarrymen following an audition at Wilson Hall in Liverpool.  Records showed that the Quarrymen played the venue on December 7, after which time Griffiths quit music and joined the Navy.)   

Beyonce Leads Grammy Nominations with Nine

BeyoncĂ© was nominated for nine Grammy Awards in an announcement made on the television show CBS This Morning.  Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West each received eight nominations.  Adele was nominated in the three major categories:  Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Adele's "Hello", which is a strong contender for the #1 Song of 2016 on Inside The Rock Era, will face competition from BeyoncĂ©'s "Formation" in both Song and Record of the Year, with "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, "Work" by Rihanna and Drake and "Stressed Out" from Twenty One Pilots the other Record of the Year nominees.

The awards will be presented February 12.