Music History Monday: October 8

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: October 8, 1957 - "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis is recorded. Written by Otis Blackwell ("Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender," "Handy Man") under the pseudonym "Jack Hammer," it will be the biggest hit for the Louisiana born rock & roll musician nicknamed "The Killer." The single is recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN and is featured in the film Jamboree. Released on November 11th, the single is an across the board smash, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Best Sellers, #1 on the Country, and #3 on the Rhythm & Blues charts. The song will be regarded as one of the most important and influential songs of the early rock era, also being covered by numerous artists over the years. Jerry Lee Lewis's original recording of "Great Balls Of Fire" will also be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1964 - "She's A Woman" by The Beatles is recorded. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (though primarily composed by McCartney), the song is recorded during the sessions for the band's next album Beatles For Sale at Abbey Road Studios in London. Featuring McCartney on lead vocals, the songs' vocal style is inspired by rock & roll pioneer Little Richard, one of the bands' earliest influences. The song will be issued as the B-side of the bands' next single "I Feel Fine" on November 23rd (UK date: Nov. 27th). Seven takes are recorded, but Take Six will be the released master version of the song. "She's A Woman" will peak at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 26, 1964.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1980Dirty Mind, the third album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded in Uptown (Prince's home studio) in Minneapolis from May - June 1980. After having his first taste of mainstream success with his self-titled second album, Prince will take a stylistic left turn by recording an album of raw, stripped-down funk and rock songs on a 16-track multitrack recorder set up in his Minneapolis home. Though sales-wise it will be less successful than his previous album,  the album and the subsequent tour in support of it will attract the attention and praise of the rock press helping to widen his fanbase beyond his core R&B audience. It will spin off two singles including "Uptown" (#5 R&B, #101 Pop) and the title track. Dirty Mind will peak at #7 on the Billboard R&B album chart,  #45 on the Top 200 and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1980 Remain In Light, the fourth album by Talking Heads is released. Produced by Brian Eno, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas and Sigma Sound Studios in New York City from July - August of 1980.  The bands' third and final collaboration with producer Eno, many of the albums' songs are inspired by experiments with African polyrhythms and recording the basic tracks in pieces then looping and editing the final results. The band will also bring in outside musicians such as King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and singer Nona Hendryx. The final product will be a genre defying and innovative work that will receive great praise from fans and critics alike. It will spin off two singles including the classic "Once In A Lifetime" (#103 Pop). Remain In Light will peak at #19 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1991Badmotorfinger, the third album by Soundgarden is released. Produced Soundgarden and Terry Date (White Zombie, Pantera), it is recorded at Studio D in Sausalito, CA, Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA, and A&M Studios in Hollywood from March - April of 1991. The Seattle-based band's second major label album is the first to feature new bassist Ben Shepard, replacing Jason Everman (who leaves to join Mind Funk). It will spin off three singles ("Outshined," "Rusty Cage" and "Jesus Christ Pose"), becoming their most successful album to date and will help break the grunge movement into the mainstream. When Soundgarden lands a slot on the second Lollapalooza Tour in 1992, the album will add a limited edition five song EP titled Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas (or SOMMS), featuring covers of rock and new wave classics. The album will also receive a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1992, with their cover of Black Sabbath's "Into The Void (Sealth)" on the SOMMS EP receiving a nomination in the same category in 1993. Badmotorfinger will peak at #39 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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