20 June: A Decidedly Musical Day

“What I love best about music is the women who listen to it.” – Jules-Alfred Hout de Goncourt, French writer who died on 20 June 1870, describing exactly what I felt while attending the Woodstock Festival.

Below: Jules “Peace and Love” Goncourt

Born 20 June 1907 – Jimmy Driftwood, American folk music songwriter and musician who wrote more than six thousand songs, the most famous of which is “The Battle of New Orleans.”


“Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you’ll suck forever.” – Brian Wilson, American musician, leader and chief songwriter of The Beach Boys, and a California-style philosopher, who was born on 20 June 1942.

While the early Beach Boys songs helped define the beach-and-automobile culture of Southern California that enthralled adolescents across the country and, eventually, the world, Brian Wilson is also responsible for the creative gem “Pet Sounds,” which must be counted among the greatest and most influential albums of all time.

“Do it again on the next verse, and people think you meant it.” – Chet Atkins, American guitarist, singer, and record producer, who was born on 20 June 1924.

Chet Atkins is justifiably renowned for his collaboration with Owen Bradley in what became known as the “Nashville sound” in country music, and he was deservedly the recipient of fourteen Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Awards. Atkins was also inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (1973) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (posthumously, in 2002). However, in addition to being one of the greatest talents in the history of country music, Chet Atkins was a virtuoso guitarist with an impressively wide range of instrumental expression, as will be evident in his performance that I have posted below.

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