Music History Monday: June 25

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 25, 2012 04:05pm | Post a Comment
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Remembering "The King Of Pop" Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009).
Three years after you transcended, your joyous spirit and the incredible musical legacy has only grown stronger. It is apparent on the faces of anyone that has been touched by the sound of your voice or awestruck by the way you could dance. I will be eternally grateful for the way you've inspired me and so many others. Thank you, Michael. - JMH

Another Michael Jackson classic in tribute to the King of Pop. "It's Great To Be Here" was a track from The Jackson 5's fifth album, Maybe Tomorrow, released in April of 1971. In 2002, DJ Kenny Dope was given a copy of the original 8-track multi-track master to produce this excellent remix. No additional overdubs or instrumentation were added. This version was mixed from elements existing on the original master tape.

Born on this day: June 25, 1963 - Pop singer/songwriter/producer George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, North London, UK). Happy 49th birthday to this pop music legend!

On this day in music history: June 25, 1967 - The Beatles perform "All You Need Is Love" on the program Our World, which is the first world satellite television broadcast. The performance will be seen by an estimated 200 million people in 26 countries around the world. It will be rush released as a single on July 7th, hitting #1 on the UK singles chart on July 19th and on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 19th.

On this day in music history: June 25, 1973 - Chicago VI, the sixth album by Chicago is released. Produced by James William Guercio, it is recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Nederland, CO in February 1973. It is the first album by the band to be recorded at producerGuercio's new studio in the Colorado Rockies. The album will follow closely in the vein of its predecessor Chicago V, featuring a more pop-oriented sound and relying less on their trademark horn section. Half of the songs are written by keyboard player and vocalist Robert Lamm, though trombonist James Pankow will write the albums' two biggest hits, "Just You 'N' Me" (#4 Pop) and "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" (#10 Pop). Chicago VI will hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for five weeks (non-consecutive).

On this day in music history: June 25, 1977 - "Best of My Love" by The Emotions hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks, also topping the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks (non-consecutive) on August 20th. Written by Maurice White and Al McKay of Earth Wind & Fire, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago-based R&B vocal trio. Released in tandem with the groups' fifth studio album, Rejoice, the single will be an instant smash, quickly crossing over from the R&B to the pop charts. The records' momentum on the Hot 100 is so strong that it will fall to #3 after four weeks on top (yielding to Andy Gibb's "I Just Want To Be Your Everything") for one week, then regaining the #1 spot for one more week. Certified Gold (later Platinum) by the RIAA, "Best Of My Love" will win The Emotions a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group.

On this day in music history: June 25, 1983 - Flashdance - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for two weeks. Produced by Giorgio Moroder, it is issued as the soundtrack to the Adrian Lyne-directed film starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. The soundtrack features tracks from Irene Cara, Michael Sembello, Donna Summer, Laura Branigan, Joe Esposito, Kim Carnes, Karen Kamon, Shandi Sinnamon, Cycle V, and Helen St. John. Like the film, the soundtrack is a massive and unexpected success, spinning off two #1 pop singles ("Flashdance... What A Feeling" and "Maniac"). The soundtrack's distributor Polygram Records will underestimate demand for the album, initially pressing only 50,000 copies, which will sell out two days after the film opens. The albums' popularity is so great that it will actually temporarily bump Michael Jackson's Thriller from the #1 spot on the pop album chart. The soundtrack will also win two Grammy Awards including Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the title track. The Flashdance soundtrack will be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.

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