Music History Monday: July 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 23, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment

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Remembering singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, born Amy Jade Winehouse in Southgate, London, UK. September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011.

Born on this day: July 23, 1961 - Musician and main songwriter for Depeche Mode, Martin L. Gore (born Martin Lee Gore in Dagenham, Essex, UK). Happy 51st Birthday, Martin!!!

On this day in music history: July 23, 1971Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, the seventh album by The Moody Blues is released. Produced by Tony Clarke, it is recorded at Wessex Studios in London from November 1970, January through March 1971. The progressive rock bands' seventh release takes its title from the student mnemonic from the notes on the treble clef of the scale. It will be their most successful and highest charting album to date, spinning off the hit single "The Story In Your Eyes" (#23 Pop). Every Good Boy Deserves Favour will peak at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

On this day in music history: July 23, 1977 - "Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks on June 4th. Written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, it is issued as the third single from This One's For You. The often misinterpreted lyrics tell the story of a couple (post break-up) that have found happy and fulfilling relationships with other people, providing an ironic twist to the song's title. "Looks Like We Made It" will become Manilow's third chart-topping single and million seller.

On this day in music history: July 23, 1979 - "Rise" by Herb Alpert is released. Written Randy "Badazz" Alpert and Andy Armer, it is the first single and title track to the veteran musicians' 20th studio album. Prior to recording, the 3M Corporation will lend A&M Records one of the first digital multi-track tape machines made by the company to experiment with. When Alpert and a group of studio musicians convene to start recording, they will begin by making a disco remake of Alpert's first hit "The Lonely Bull." When they realize it isn't working, Herb's nephew Randy will give him a demo tape with several songs on it. Immediately struck by an uptempo instrumental piece called "Rise,"  Alpert will rearrange it by slowing the tempo down to 100 beats per minute. Cut live in Studio D at A&M Records in Hollywood, the track will be completed in just a few takes. After its release, the single will receive an unexpected boost when it is featured prominently on the hit soap opera General Hospital. "Rise" will hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks on Oct. 20th, and will also win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental in 1980.

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