55 years ago today, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album was first released. His second album, it showcased a quantum leap in Dylan’s songwriting talent that propelled him to international fame, with songs like Blowin’ in the Wind; Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; and, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. The LP established this Minnesota youth as the leader of the singer-songwriter tribe, and a musical muse for the 60s protest movement. The disk even went to No.1 on the UK charts. WATCH a cool video of Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs… (1963)

(Video contains references to drugs)

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • Rachel Carson, ecologist and author of the best-selling 1962 book about the dangers of pesticides, Silent Spring, which became one of the most influential books in the modern environmental movement, was born in Pennsylvania. (1907)
  • The Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California (1937)
  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day’ (1957)
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn flew back to his native Russia after 20 years of exile in the United States – experiencing an emotional homecoming (1994)
  • Australians voted in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census (1967)
  • Notable Birthday: Actor Louis Gossett Jr. (82)

 

And, on this day in 1930, the Chrysler Building in New York City opened to the public.640px-Chrysler_building-_top-CC-LeenaHietanen

With its silver spire, the Art Deco style skyscraper was the tallest man-made structure at the time, measuring 1046 feet (319 m). Designed by architect William Van Alen, and graced on each corner by eagles, the Historic Landmark is still the tallest brick building in the world. Outside the 31st floor are replicas of the 1929 Chrysler radiator caps. –Click to enlarge image, by Leena Hietanen, CC

And, on this day in 1977, ‘Declan McManus’ made his live performance debut in London as Elvis Costello.

The prodigious singer songwriter’s first 3 albums–including his critically acclaimed debut, My Aim Is True–all appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. WATCH a cool video of his Top 10, including “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding…

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