Music History Monday: July 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 30, 2012 01:17pm | Post a Comment
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Born on this day: July 30, 1958 - Singer/Songwriter Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush in Bexleyheath, Kent, UK). Happy 54rd Birthday, Kate!!

On this day in music history: July 30, 1966 - "Wild Thing" by The Troggs hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, brother of Oscar winning actor Jon Voight), it is the biggest hit for the UK rock band. The Troggs will record the song at Olympic Studios in London in early 1966 in just two takes. The record will break in the bands' native UK first following an appearance on the television program Thank Your Lucky Stars. When "Wild Thing" is released as a single in the US, it will be the subject of a dispute over its distribution rights. It will be released simultaneously on both Atco and Fontana Records, making it the only #1 single in Billboard chart history to appear on the chart on two different labels at the same time.

On this day in music history: July 30, 1968 - The Beatles begin recording "Hey Jude" at Abbey Road Studios in London, in Studio 2. Written by Paul McCartney, he is inspired to write the song (originally titled "Hey Jules") while driving over to visit bandmate John Lennon's five-year-old son Julian and former wife Cynthia. Paul begins writing the song to console Julian after his parents have separated and are in the process of getting divorced. McCartney will later state another inspiration for the song will be his recent break up with long term girlfriend actress Jane Asher. John Lennon will also feel that Paul is speaking (indirectly) to him in the song as he has begun his relationship with Yoko Ono at this time. The master take of the song will be recorded at Trident Studios in Soho the next day. It will become the bands' biggest single, spending nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over four million copies.

On this day in music history: July 30, 1969In A Silent Way, the 33rd studio album by Miles Davis is released. Produced by Teo Macero, it is recorded at CBS 30th Street Studios, Studio B in New York City on February 18, 1969. Recorded in one session, it will be an important turning point in Davis' career as it marks the beginning of his "Electric Period." The album features musical support from Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Joe Zawinul, and Tony Williams. The decision to make such a dramatic musical shift will prove very controversial at the time among many fans and critics who feel "betrayed" by the change. At the same time, it will earn praise from rock critics and win Davis a new generation of fans, paving the way for his next release, the landmark Bitches Brew the following year.

On this day in music history: July 30, 1977 - "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks (non-consecutive). Written and co-produced by Barry Gibb, it is the debut single for the then 19-year-old younger brother of the Bee Gees. Gibb will come up with song while vacationing on manager/label boss Robert Stigwoods' estate in Bermuda. During that same period, Barry and Andy will also write "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" together, which will initially be considered to be the younger Gibb brothers' debut release. At the last minute they will change their minds and issue "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" instead. Released in late March of 1977, the single will debut on the Hot 100 at #88 on April 23rd, making a slow ascent up the chart before reaching the top 14 weeks later. "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" will spend three weeks at the top and fall as low as #3 (bowing to The Emotions' "Best Of My Love"), then after four weeks it will regain the #1 spot on the charts for one more week.

On this day in music history: July 30, 1977 - "Slide" by Slave hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #32 on the Hot 100 on August 20th. Written by Steve Washington, Mark Hicks, Mark Adams, Daniel Webster, Timothy Dozier, Floyd Miller, Thomas Lockett, Orion Wilhoite, and Carter Bradley, it will be the biggest chart single for the Dayton, OH based R&B/Funk band. The last song written for their self-titled debut album, it is born out of a rehearsal jam between Washington and Hicks, with the rest of the band members falling in behind them. They will record the track in a single take the next day. The band's producer Jeff Dixon will take the completed track to Henry Allen, the head of Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion Records, who will immediately sign them to a contract.

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