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Today in Music History- 1/23

January 23rd

In 1969, working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles (with Billy Preston on keyboards) recorded ten takes of a new song called 'Get Back'.


In 1976, David Bowie released his tenth studio album Station to Station, which was the vehicle for his last great "character", the Thin White Duke. The album made the top five in both the UK and US charts.

In 1988, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Way You Make Me Feel'. It was the third single from Jackson's seventh studio album Bad for which Jackson had written over sixty songs for the album, with plans of releasing a three disc album, but producer Quincy Jones convinced Jackson to make Bad a one disc LP.

and In 1991, John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played Led Zeppelins 'Stairway To Heaven' for twenty-four solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. Police showed up with guns drawn: once after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, and later because of suspicion that, this being eight days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein.

Throw Back Thursday

Happy Throw back Thursday! We're going to go into the vaults and uncovering an Big Unkle memory, you may or may not remember. ;) 

We're taking it back to 2011, when we played the legendary North Star Bar (RIP). With the cold upon us, I hope this warms you up. Who could forget our pin up girl series. The series went on for quite a while... Do you have a favorite TBU memory around this time? Let us know in the comments below.

Can you believe its been almost 9 months!

Since Prince died...

Time stopped when we found out that the ever elusive Prince had passed away. His creative influence wasn't just felt in his own music but the many he had written for others. You may have heard of some of them; "Nothing Compares 2 U"- Sinead O' Conner, "Stand Back"- Stevie Nicks and "When You Were Mine"- Cyndi Lauper. 

It only felt natural to share a favorite Prince memory 


"My 6 year old self stood completely transfixed in front of the tv. I watched this man in purple velvet on a motorcycle with a mix of confidence, sexiness and authenticity  I had never seen before! I already was a huge Michael Jackson fan, so I wasn't a stranger to the glitz and shimmer of the 80's. Michael's confidence poured out in his dance moves, but Prince was different. There was something gentle about him." 

-Emily (Social Media Manager/Web Designer)


Add your memories and stories in the comments below. 

Fall into Winter Mix

A bluesy soundtrack for this holiday week...

Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Tell Me Pretty Baby - Professor Longhair
I'll be True - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Got to Give it Up - Marvin Gaye
Mambo Boogie - Johny Otis
Flip Flop & Fly - Big Joe Turner
Clean Heads Blues - Clean Head Vinson
Release Me - Little Esther Phillips
Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan
Birdland - Weather Report
You Got to Know How - Bonnie Raitt

In honor of Jaco Pastorius being inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame

Jaco is a huge influence on us as a group. His contribution to the jazz world as a bass player has made a lasting impression on the world. He's collaborated with a slew of prolific artists from Weather Report to Joni Mitchell. 


Jaco is known for his virtuosic bass lines which combined Afro-Cuban rhythms to create 16th-note funk lines syncopated with ghost notes. He played these with a floating thumb technique on the right hand, anchoring on the bridge pickup while playing on the E and A strings and muting the E string with his thumb while playing on higher strings. You can hear this on "Come On, Come Over" from his self titled album "Jaco Pastorius". He was also known for championing the fretless electric bass, with which he was able to create a horn-like tone while playing in the upper register. He's renown as one of the greatest Electric Bass Players ever! 

Before Jaco, bass didn’t know what it was yet.
— Bootsy Collins (Bass Player, James Brown Band)

Last month Jaco Pastorious was inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame by the Philadelphia Music Alliance.  What is your favorite Jaco song? What's your best Jaco memory? For more info about Jaco Pastorius check out this killer documentary about him by Robert Trujillo. 

Scenes from The Biello Martin Studio

Last night TBU provided the soundtrack for a wonderful fundraiser in collaboration w/ The Urban Affairs Coalition at The Biello Martin Studio in Old City, Philadelphia. Our funky sound matched the colorful and abstract art adorning every inch of the studio. A big thank you to everyone who came out to support The Urban Affairs Coalition.