May is fast becoming the month for lovers of both music and the classic Shure brand, with the iconic mic-makers set to celebrate May with a giveaway for customised SM58 microphones.
If you’ve got your finger on the pulse, you might just recall how 2021 saw Shure mark May 8th as SM58 Day, with the company giving fans the chance to nab their own custom version of the SM58. Now, fast forward one year and they’re at it again, but this time the focus has been expanded a bit more, with the entire month of May serving as a celebration of Shure’s iconic microphones. In celebration of the legendary SM55, the 5th now serves as “Super 55 Day”.
“Hold up a sec,” we hear you say. “Why are these mics worth celebrating?” Well, the bare bones is that if it wasn’t for Shure, the entire face of popular music would sound entirely different. In fact, it’s quite possible that you’ve heard your favourite artist sing through either a SM55 or a SM58, with the microphone amplifying the voices of musicians for over 50 years.
First up, imagine if you will the image of the classic microphone for the early popular music era. Yes, first introduced back in 1939, the Shure 55 Unidyne microphone quickly became the microphone for anyone in need of vocal amplification.
Visually synonymous with iconic crooners of the ’40s and ’50s, utilised by musical artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and even used by historical figures such as Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, the later 55S even became known as the ‘Elvis mic’ due to music icon Elvis Presley’s frequent use of the instrument.
Fast forward a few years, and we’re looking at the origins of the SM58. Starting back in 1966, the Studio Microphone – now handily called the SM – was born of the idea of being the child of the original Unidyne microphone.
First branded as a microphone for radio and television alike, sales didn’t quite take off as hoped, and in a final effort to bring life to the SM58, it was pitched towards live sound engineers in Las Vegas, Nevada, where entertainers and artists quickly welcomed the clean sound quality it offered.
1967 saw the SM58 grace the stage of the Monterey Pop Festival, with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Byrds, and The Mamas And The Papas behind the mic, transforming the SM58 into a rising star in the world of sound enhancement.
So, how has the past century solidified the likes of the SM55 and the SM58 as the optimal choice for microphones in venues across the globe? It’s simple, and boils down to two main elements: quality and durability, with many attesting to its ability to be used for years, if not decades, on end.
With history on the side of the SM55, and artists such as Led Zeppelin, Black Flag, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, and Patti Smith swearing by the reliability of the SM58, it’s clear that the quality and durability of Shure’s microphones cannot be beat.
Now, Shure are giving you the chance to not only have your own SM58, but to have a custom version of it for your collection.
With May serving a celebration month for Shure, and May 5th and 8th being canonised as Super 55 Day and SM58 Day respectively, they’re offering up some custom coloured versions of the SM58. To be in with a chance to win, click the link below and tell Shure why YOU want to win your very own custom coloured SM58!
Keen to get your hands on one of these iconic microphones? Shure are giving away three custom coloured SM58 microphones in celebration of Super 55 and SM58 Day.
Competition run by Jands (Shure Australia Distributors)