Music History Monday: August 27

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Remembering blues guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1966
- "Blowin’ In The Wind" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on September 3rd. Written by Bob Dylan, Wonder records his cover version after receiving many requests from fans who have heard him perform the song in his live show. Stevie’s producer Clarence Paul will sing co-lead vocals on the track. The song originally appears on Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Uptight. “Blowin’ In The Wind” will be the then 16-year-old Motown stars’ third R&B chart topper and third top 10 pop single.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1967I Was Made To Love Her, the seventh album by Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Henry Cosby and Clarence Paul, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1966 to mid 1967. Titled after his recent R&B chart topper and top five pop hit, the album features covers of Ray Charles' "A Fool For You" and James Brown's "Please, Please, Please," as well as several Motown standards such as "My Girl" and "Can I Get A Witness." I Was Made To Love Her will peak at #7 on the Billboard R&B album chart and #45 on the Top 200.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1967 - The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein dies from an accidental overdose of the sleeping medication Carbitral and alcohol. Epstein's butler will find him in his bedroom. This incident occurs while the band is in Bangor, Wales attending a seminar on Transcendental Meditation by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Epstein was to have attended as well but never made it there. He was only 32 years old.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1975Love To Love You Baby, the second album by Donna Summer is released. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany from May - June of 1975. Summer will come up with the initial idea for the title track having written the lyrics and melody. Moroder and Bellotte will suggest that Summer sing it in a more sultry and sexual manner, which she will at first be hesitant to do. She'll agree when she thinks the recording will be a demo for another singer. Moroder likes the finished recording so much that he'll insist that it be released. Titled "Love To Love You," it will first be released in Europe to modest success.  After Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart hears the initial shorter single version of the song (#2 Pop, #3 R&B), he suggests that a longer version of the song be cut, which will clock in at nearly 17 minutes, taking up one whole side of the album. It immediately creates a sensation in dance clubs (#1 Billboard Club Play) and begins to receive radio play. When some stations ban it, feeling it is too blatantly sexual, it will only heighten its allure and popularity. Love To Love You Baby will peak at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1980Wild Planet, the second album by The B-52's is released. Produced by Rhett Davies and The B-52's, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau in The Bahamas in April of 1980. Issued as the follow-up to their successful self-titled debut,  the album will produce a number of songs that become staples of the band's repertoire including "Private Idaho" (#74 Pop), "Party Out Of Bounds," "Quiche Lorraine," and "Give Me Back My Man." Upon its release, it will be well received by fans and critics, and today is regarded as a New Wave classic. Wild Planet will peak at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1988 - "Monkey" by George Michael hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by George Michael, it is issued as the fifth single from Faith. The hit single version is re-recorded with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis after Michael contacts them about working together, being a long time fan of theirs and impressed by their work on a remix album of tracks from Janet Jackson's Control album. The producers will cut the new track at Flyte Tyme, their recording studio in Minneapolis.  Jam & Lewis will arrange to record with Michael at a studio in Los Angeles (to re-record his vocals), as George is in rehearsals for the "Faith Tour" at the time. It will take about a week for Michael to record his vocals. Entering the Hot 100 at #42 on July 9th, "Monkey" will ascend to the top of the charts seven weeks later, becoming the fourth chart topping single from Faith.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1988So Good, the debut album by Mica Paris is released. Produced by L'Equipe, it is recorded at The Fallout Shelter, Maison Rouge Studios in London and The Manor in Shipton-on-Cherwell,  Oxfordshire. The UK soul singer's first album will feature guest appearances from saxophonist Courtney Pine and Will Downing, spinning off four singles including "My One Temptation" (#7 UK, #15 US R&B, #8 US AC). So Good will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #29 on the Billboard R&B album chart and #86 on the Top 200.

On this day in music history: August 27, 1991Ten, the debut album by Pearl Jam is released. Produced by Rick Parashar and Pearl Jam, it is recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle from March 27 to April 26, 1991. Formed out of the ashes of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard's former band Mother Love Bone, the new band will record their first album in just one month. The album initially will get off to a slow start, languishing in record stores for many months until the band picks up support from college radio and from touring relentlessly. It will eventually spin off a total of five singles including "Alive" (#16 Mainstream Rock), "Evenflow" (#3 Mainstream Rock), and "Jeremy" (#5 Mainstream Rock). The success of the album will establish them among the most high profile of the grunge rock movement spearheaded by bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains. Ten will peak at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and is Diamond Certified, going 13x Platinum in the US.

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