Also remembering Ronnie Caldwell, Carl Cunningham, Jimmy King, and Phalon Jones of The Bar-Kays.
On this day in music history: December 10, 1966 - “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, it is the third number one single for the Southern California based band. The song will have its origins in a conversation that Brian Wilson has with his mother during his childhood; she will tell him that dogs bark at people depending on the "vibrations" they sensed from them. Wilson tells this to his bandmate Mike Love and Love will come up with the title "Good Vibrations." Initially, Wilson will collaborate with lyricist Tony Asher on the song. Not entirely pleased with the lyrics, Love will completely re-write them. "Vibrations" will be recorded in 17 sessions over a period of six months in four different studios. The song will incorporate a number of instruments not typical for a pop song including cellos and a electro-therimin. At an approximated cost of over $50,000, it is the most expensive single record ever produced (at the time), with the final version being edited together from various sections recorded over the lengthy sessions. The song’s innovative production and structure will make it an immediate smash on both sides of the Atlantic, stoking demand for the band’s next album Smile, which is currently in the works. The album itself will not surface in its intended form until nearly 45 years later in 2011.
On this day music history: December 10, 1976 - Wings Over America, the sixth album by Wings is released. Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded in Various Locations from May - June 1976. The band's only officially issued live album, 28-track three LP set is released in response to a three LP bootleg album titled "Wings from the Wings" taken from their June 23rd performance at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The set is originally conceived as a double album but is expanded to three to reflect the complete concert. The album is a critical and commercial success upon its release, but will be the subject of some controversy among fans when it is later revealed that some post production overdubs were done to the otherwise fully live recordings. The album will make its CD debut in 1984 while McCartney is signed to Columbia Records. This edition will only remain in print for a brief period before he re-signs with Capitol Records in 1985, taking his catalog with him. The Columbia CD pressing will become a sought after collector's item among fans. Wings Over America will spend one week at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: December 10, 1983 - "Say Say Say" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by McCartney and Jackson, it is the ninth solo chart topper for McCartney and the sixth chart topper for Jackson. The collaboration between the duo will take place when Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney and suggests that they try writing some songs together. Jackson will fly to England and spend time at McCartney's home in Peasmarsh, East Sussex where they will write the songs "Say Say Say" and "The Man." Working with producer George Martin, they will begin recording the songs at Abbey Road Studios in London, then later completing them at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. Issued as the first single from McCartney's album Pipes of Peace, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #26 on October 15th, it will be the highest chart debut for a single on the Billboard pop chart since John Lennon's "Imagine" (entering at #20) twelve years before. The song's music video (directed by Bob Giraldi) is filmed in Santa Ynez Valley, CA at the Sycamore Ranch, which Jackson will later buy in 1988 and re-name Neverland Ranch. "Say Say Say" will make Michael Jackson the only other artist in history besides Elvis Presley and The Beatles to have seven top 10 singles in one calendar year.
On this day in music history: December 10, 1983 - "Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks, also peaking at #18 on the Hot 100 on January 18, 1984. Written by Bunny and El DeBarge and produced by Eldra DeBarge, it is the first chart topping single for the family R&B vocal group from Grand Rapids, MI. Fresh off of the success of their breakthrough second album All This Love, the group will take more creative control on their third release In A Special Way. With primary lead vocalist El DeBarge leading the way, all five members will contribute material to the new album. "Time Will Reveal" is a song started by El during the sessions for the group's previous album "All This Love" but is unable to finish writing it in time for the recording. El's sister Bunny will help him finish it. Once in the studio, DeBarge will work slowly and methodically on the song, with the singer taking nearly two weeks to capture his final lead vocal on the track. DeBarge's intense perfectionism will pay off when it soars to the top of the R&B singles chart and also becomes their highest charting pop single to date. "Time Will Reveal" has been covered by a number of artists over the years including versions by Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, and Janelle MonÃ¡e.