Music History Monday: September 10

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Born on this day: September 10, 1898 - Civil engineer, chemist, and inventor Waldo Semon (born Waldo SemonWaldo Lonsbury Semon in Demopolis, AL). In 1926, while working in the research department at The BF Goodrich Corporation, he developed a material called Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) originally for use as an adhesive to bond rubber to metal. Beginning in the late 1940's, PVC would be used in the manufacture of long playing LP and 45 RPM records.

Record collectors worldwide salute  Dr. Semon!!

Born on this day: September 10, 1945
- Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist José Feliciano (born José Montserrate Feliciano García in Lares, Puerto Rico). Happy 67th Birthday, José!!

On this day in music history: September 10, 1966Revolver, the seventh album by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for six weeks. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from April 6 - June 21, 1966. The album marks the beginning a new phase in the bands' career musically and artistically, and will be praised as one of their greatest works. Standing in stark contrast to their previous release, the largely acoustic based Rubber Soul, Revolver will see The Beatles exploring new musical and sonic territory, with most of the songs being electric guitar based, though others touch on the use of orchestral instruments ("Eleanor Rigby"), Indian music ("Love You To"), and psychedelia ("She Said, She Said," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows"). The album will spin off the double A-sided single "Yellow Submarine" (#2 Pop) and "Eleanor Rigby" (#11 Pop). Artist Klaus Voorman will receive a Grammy Award for the albums' cover art.

On this day in music history: September 10, 1970 - "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson is recorded. Written by Joe South, it is the biggest hit and signature song for the country music star. Anderson, the daughter of country singer and songwriting legend Liz Anderson, will begin work on her third release for Columbia Records with husband Glenn Sutton producing. The track is recorded at Columbia's Nashville recording studio at the end of a session. The song was originally recorded by its' author, singer and session guitarist South in 1969 ("Games People Play"), as well as by singers Freddy Weller and Dobie Gray. Sutton will initially try to discourage his wife from recording it, feeling that it's a "man song." She will insist and he will finally agree, thinking it might make a good album cut. For Anderson's recording, it will be given an uptempo reworking, augmented with with an innovative string arrangement that will set it apart from all previous versions. When Columbia executive Clive Davis hears the song, he feels that it could be successful on pop radio as well as country and it is promoted at both radio formats. Released as a single in October of 1970, "Rose Garden" will quickly race up the Country Singles chart hitting #1 on December 26th, spending five weeks at the top. A crossover smash on pop Top 40 radio also, it will peak at #3 on the Hot 100 on February 13, 1971, and is certified Gold by the RIAA. It will also receive three Grammy nominations including Best Country Song and Song Of The Year. Anderson will win a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for the single. The song is also a huge international hit, hitting #1 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Norway. Canadian dance group Kon Kan will sample "Rose Garden" for their hit "I Beg Your Pardon" in 1988, with artists such as K.D. Lang and Martina McBride also covering the song.

On this day in music history: September 10, 1975Alive!, the fourth album by KISS is released. Produced by Eddie Kramer, it is recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit; Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ; Music Hall in Cleveland, OH; and the Orpheum Theater in Davenport, IA from March - July of 1975. Recorded during the tour in support of their third studio album Dressed to Kill, it comes at a time when both the band and their record label Casablanca are teetering on the brink of financial collapse. By mid 1975, none of KISS' studio albums have sold over 100,000 copies, and the band are basically living on their manager Bill Aucoin's American Express card. In spite of their low record sales, the band is a top draw as live touring act. Gambling on their reputation as a live act, they will decide to record several shows on their current tour for an album. Working with veteran producer/engineer Kramer, they do just that. The release of the 16 song double live LP becomes their long-awaited breakthrough, quickly going Gold then Platinum and Multi-Platinum, and spending 110 weeks on the Top 200 album chart. Alive! will peak at #9 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 10, 1980 - "Uptown" by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is issued as the first single from his third album Dirty Mind. The song's lyrics address issues of racism, intolerance, and uses the concept of "Uptown" as utopia where none of those things exist and people are free to be who they are. The song is recorded in Prince's home studio in Minneapolis on 16-track equipment in the Spring of 1980. "Uptown" will peak at #5 on the Billboard R&B chart and #101 Bubbling Under on the Hot 100. The song will become a fan favorite and is played on numerous Prince tours over the years.

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