Today their acclaim is universal but in 1964 Simon & Garfunkel’s debut LP ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.’ flopped. Subtitled “Exciting new sounds in the folk tradition,” the acoustic album only sold about 2,000 copies. A mix of Paul Simon originals, folk covers and traditional tunes, its highlight was a Simon composition recorded on March 10, 1964, ‘The Sounds of Silence.’
When veteran Dutch rockers Golden Earring unveiled their seventeenth studio album, ’N.E.W.S,’ in March 1984, they were still feeling the love shown for their latest Top 10 single, ‘Twilight Zone,’ released just two years prior. But remember that it took nearly a decade after 1973’s career-defining hit, ‘Radar Love,’ to once again breathe the rarefied air found near the top of the charts. On top of all that, the band was nearly twenty years removed from their very first record, way back in ’65.
“Whatever happened to all of the fun in the world?”
By 1994, the Seattle-centric sound generally referred to as “grunge” had pretty much achieved worldwide dominance. But of the four bands credited with flying alternative nation’s flannel flag across the globe -- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden -- only the last had not yet broken through the Platinum sales plateau.
By the beginning of 1969, Steve Marriott was really growing tired of what he saw as the limitations of the Small Faces. Despite expanding their sound on the classic 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake' album the previous year, Marriott's heart just wasn't in it as the new year was getting underway. "I've changed in myself and the group has changed as things have happened to us," Marriott told an interviewer in September of 1968. His participation would come to an end by March of 1969.