Good News in History, January 22

Good News in History, January 22

Pet-Sounds-Cover-beach-boys50 years ago today, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys went into the studio to record ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, the opening track for the forthcoming album, Pet Sounds. The band’s 11th studio album was produced and arranged –and mostly written–by Wilson and eventually garnered enormous worldwide acclaim by critics and musicians who regard it as one of the most influential albums in the history of popular music. WATCH… (1966)

“Wilson constructed the song’s symphonic Wall of Sound arrangement using a variety of instruments not normally associated with popular music of its time, including accordions and a detuned twelve-string guitar. The music contains classical music devices that are unusual for a rock song, such as bitonality and ritardando.” –Wikipedia

(WATCH a video below on the making of the song, with voice recordings from the studio)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation (1899)
  • Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula (1957)
  • TV’s comedy Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In debuted on NBC (1968)
  • A Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, launched its maiden voyage as a PanAm flight from Kennedy Airport to London’s Heathrow (1970)
  • The US Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade to strike down state laws restricting abortion (1973)
  • MTV, the new 24-hour cable network started broadcasting music videos to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable, Los Angeles (1983)
  • Apple introduced its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl, with its now-famous “1984” television commercial (1984)
  • The US Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation’s first female secretary of state (1997)
  • Evo Morales became the first indigenous president of Bolivia (2006)