Music History Monday: June 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 11, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: June 11, 1966 - "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood on March 6th - 9th, 1966, the song is originally intended as a "comedy track" parodying the bands' first manager Eric Easton whose former job was working as a theater organist. The song will take on a completely different tone when drummer Charlie Watts changes the basic rhythm and guitarist Brian Jones adds a sitar, giving it its signature sound. Bassist Bill Wyman will also play the bass pedals of an organ with his fists on the track. Released as a stand alone single in the UK, the song will be included on the US release of Aftermath (released on June 20th).

On this day in music history: June 11, 1977 - "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & The Sunshine Band hits # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at number three on the R&B singles chart on June 4th. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, it is the third single from the bands' fourth studio album Part 3. Casey and Finch will write the song as a tribute to a Miami radio DJ named Robert W. Walker who was instrumental in helping break the bands' first chart topping single "Get Down Tonight." On the LP, "Boogie" is paired together with "Keep It Comin' Love" (issued as the fourth and final single), with the two songs edited so that they segue into each and play as one long continuous song. "I'm Your Boogie Man" will also be covered by White Zombie in 1996 for the soundtrack to The Crow - City Of Angels. The original version is featured in the film Scary Movie and its sequels, the comedy Superbad, as well as the action adventure film Watchmen. "Boogie" will be the fourth of KC & The Sunshine Band's five #1 pop singles in the US.

On this day in music history: June 11, 1979Get The Knack, the debut album by The Knack is released. Produced by Mike Chapman (Blondie, Exile, Sweet, Suzi Quatro), it is recorded at MCA Whitney Studios in Glendale, CA in April 1979. The first album by the L.A. based power pop band will be recorded live in the studio with few overdubs, in just 11 days for a cost of only $18,000. Boosted by a huge publicity campaign by Capitol Records, the album will become a massive seller out of the gate. Anchored by the huge hit single "My Sharona" (#1 Pop for six weeks), Get The Knack will become the fastest selling album released by Capitol since The Beatles US debut album Meet The Beatles in 1964. The album will reach Gold status in only 13 days and is certified Platinum in less than a month. The albums' front and back cover are also inspired by the Fab Four, as well as the original vinyl LP and 45's are issued with reproductions of Capitol's vintage 60's era labels. Viewed as a response the anti-Disco backlash that is reaching its crescendo at this time, the band and the album will be hailed by fans and many rock critics as "the return of rock & roll." But not long after the record becomes successful, a groundswell of backlash against The Knack will develop. People offended by the bands' often raunchy lyrics laced with sexual innuendo, and feeling they are trying to compare or align themselves to The Beatles legacy will be a turn off to many. An artist in San Francisco will launch the "Knuke The Knack" campaign in response to the negative publicity. The album will spin off a second single with "Good Girls Don't" (#11 Pop), but will not repeat the success of "My Sharona." Get The Knack will spendfive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

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