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Born on this day: March 11, 1957 - R&B singer/songwriter Cheryl Lynn (born Lynda Cheryl Smith in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 56th Birthday, Cheryl!!
On this day in music history: March 11, 1960 - "Because They're Young" by Duane Eddy is recorded. Written by Don Costa, Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder, and produced by Lee Hazlewood (Nancy Sinatra, Sanford Clark), it is the theme song to the film starring Dick Clark, Tuesday Weld, Doug McClure, and James Darren. The film is about a high school teacher (played by Clark), who tries to make a difference in the lives of his students. Eddy will also have a cameo role in the film. Released as a single in May, the song will become the guitarists' biggest hit in the US, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 4th. Co-star James Darren will later record a vocal version of the originally instrumental theme after Duane Eddy's version becomes a hit.
On this day in music history: March 11, 1967 - "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" by The Supremes hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the R&B singles chart for two weeks on the same date. Written by Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, it is the ninth pop and fourth R&B chart topper for the superstar Motown vocal trio. Songwriter and co-producer Eddie Holland will come up with the basic idea for the song, writing the lyrics about a relationship in the throes of breaking up. Impressed by Diana Ross' emotive speaking voice, HDH will structure the song with passages where she'll deliver brief lines of dialogue before breaking into the songs' chorus. The basic track will be one of the Motown singles of the period not to be cut at the label's main studio (dubbed "Studio A") in Detroit. The producers will have members of The Funk Brothers fly out to Hollywood where they are working with film composer Frank DeVol (The Brady Bunch) on music for the film The Happening (starring Anthony Quinn). Recorded on the scoring stage at Columbia Studios on August 12, 1966, the Motown rhythm section is augmented with a full orchestra (arranged by Gene Page) featuring bassist James Jamerson playing upright bass. Jamerson will later overdub an electric bass part on the track in Detroit on September 22nd, with The Supremes adding their vocals on November 13th. Issued as the follow up to the groups' previous chart topper "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on January 11, 1967, it is the second single from The Supremes Sing "Holland - Dozier - Holland. Entering the Hot 100 at #47 on January 28th, it will shoot to the top six weeks later.
On this day in music history: March 11, 1969 - The Jackson 5 officially sign with Motown Records. Having begun negotiations several months before, the label will buy the group out of their contract with local Gary, IN label Steeltown Records. Shortly afterward, the Jacksons will move from Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles to start intensive rehearsals and go into the studio to begin recording with producer Bobby Taylor, the man who brought them to Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.'s attention. By the summer of 1969, the group will begin recording sessions, largely cover material until Gordy replaces Taylor with The Corporation who will responsible for many of The Jackson 5's hits.
On this day in music history: March 11, 1970 - Deja Vu, the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released. Produced by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it is recorded at Wally Heider's Studio C in San Francisco and Wally Heider's 3 in Los Angeles from July - December 1969. Joined by Stephen Stills' former Buffalo Springfield bandmate Neil Young, the band will set about following up their highly acclaimed and successful debut. It is recorded at particularly difficult time for David Crosby, whose girlfriend Christine Hinton is killed in a car accident during the sessions. Though emotionally devastated, he will contribute the songs "Almost Cut My Hair" and the title track. The album also features guest appearances by Jerry Garcia and John Sebastian. It will spin off three singles including "Teach Your Children" (#16 Pop), "Our House" (#30 Pop) and "Woodstock" (#11 Pop). The album's iconic cover art work, designed to look like a leather bound photo album is created by art director Gary Burden with cover photos shot by Henry Diltz and Tom Gundelfinger. Deja Vu will spend one week at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: March 11, 1974 - Chicago VII, the seventh album by Chicago is released. Produced by James William Guercio, it is recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Nederland, CO from August - December 1973. Their first double album since Chicago III in 1971, the initial intent is to record a heavily jazz influenced album. When disagreements within the band over this direction break out, a compromise will be reached, with the jazzier material (favored by Robert Lamm and James Pankow) being combined with more pop/rock oriented songs (favored by Peter Cetera and producer Guercio). It will spin off three singles including "Call On Me" (#6 Pop), "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" (#9 Pop), and "Wishing You Were Here" (#11 Pop) (featuring The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Al Jardine on background vocals). Chicago VII 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: March 11, 1983 - Metal Health, the third studio album by Quiet Riot is released. Produced by Spencer Proffer, it is recorded at The Pasha Music House in Hollywood from Mid - Late 1982. Having recorded two previous albums in 1977 and 1978 (released in Japan only) with original lead guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne), the LA-based heavy metal band will regroup in 1982 to record their third release. With lead singer Kevin DuBrow being the only hold over from the original line up, he will recruit new members including bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, and drummer Frankie Banali. At the suggestion of their producer, the band reluctantly records a cover of glam rock band Slade's classic "Cum On Feel The Noize." It will end up being the breakout single on the album peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 helping drive the album to the top of the charts. Metal Health will become the first heavy metal album in history to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 spending one week on top. It will be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.