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Born on this day: June 3, 1950 - Singer and songwriter Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, IN). Happy 63rd Birthday, Niecy!
Born on this day: June 3, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Curtis Mayfield (born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this R&B icon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. We love and miss you, Curtis!!
On this day in music history: June 3, 1972 - Obscured By Clouds, the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville, Herouville in Ile-de-France in February and March of 1972. The album features music (six tracks with vocals and four instrumentals) from the soundtrack of director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallee (The Valley). It is the band's second collaboration with the French film director, having composed the music for his 1969 film More. Pink Floyd will record Clouds just prior to the sessions for their next studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, at Abbey Road Studios in London beginning in June. Working under a tight schedule, the band will complete recording of their film score in just two weeks of studio time, following Schroeder's rough cut of the film to create specific music cues and interludes. The albums' enigmatic cover art (designed by regular graphic collaborators Hipgnosis) features a deeply out of focus photo of a man sitting in a tree. Obscured By Clouds will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1977 - Exodus, the ninth studio album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, it is recorded at Harry J. Studio, Kingston, Jamaica in November of 1976 and Island Studios, London from January - April of 1977. Recording will begin in Jamaica, but is completed in London after an assassination attempt on Marley by unknown assailants (for announcing his intent to perform at a free concert put on by then Jamaican prime minister Michael Manley) in December of 1976. The album will take its title from his retreat into exile (in London) during that time. An artistic and commercial triumph, it will become the album that breaks the band to a worldwide audiance and is widely regarded as one of their best. Spinning off five hit singles including "Jammin'," "Waiting In Vain," and the title track, it will be widely regarded as one of Marley's best albums. In 2001, Universal will release a 2 CD Deluxe Edition of the album featuring previously unreleased live versions, alternate takes, and rare 12" mixes and dub versions. Exodus will peak at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, #15 on the R&B album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1978 - "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, topping the R&B singles chart for four weeks on April 15th and also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for one week on May 20th. Written by John Vallins and Nat Kipner, it is the first chart-topping single for both artists. The two singers will be paired together at the suggestion of Mathis's producer Jack Gold and CBS A&R executive Mike Dilbeck. At the time, Williams is on tour with Earth, Wind & Fire as their opening act and will come off of the road temporarily to record the duet with Mathis. The recording will go very smoothly and the two will become fast friends. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood and features musicians such as David T. Walker, Wah Wah Watson (guitars), Ed Greene (drums), Scott Edwards (bass), Michel Rubini, and Sylvester Rivers (keyboards) playing on the track. Famed arranger Gene Page (Barry White, The Jackson 5) will also work on the song. Entering the Hot 100 at #69 on April 1st, it will climb to the top of the chart nine weeks later. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1985 - Boys And Girls, the sixth solo album by Bryan Ferry, is released. Produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London; Compass Point Studios in New Providence, The Bahamas; Effanel Mobile, Sarm West Studios in London; The White House in New South Wales, Australia; and RPM Studios and The Power Station in New York City from January - April of 1985. With Roxy Music then on an indefinite hiatus since touring in support of their last album Avalon in 1982/83, lead singer Bryan Ferry will return to the studio in early 1985 to record his sixth solo release. Featuring instrumental support from musicians such as Nile Rodgers, David Gilmour, Marcus Miller, Mark Knopfler, Omar Hakim, and Tony Levin, it is Ferry's most successful solo album. It will spin off three hit singles including "Don't Stop The Dance" (#21 UK, #21 US AC) and "Slave To Love" (#10 UK, #19 US Mainstream Rock), which is also featured in the film 9½ Weeks). Boys And Girls will hit #1 on the UK album chart and #63 on the Billboard Top 200.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1986 - A Kind Of Magic, the twelfth studio album by Queen is released (UK release date is June 2nd). Produced by Queen, Reinhold Mack, and David Richards, it is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany; Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland; and Townhouse Studios in London from September 1985 to April 1986. Following their iconic performance at Live Aid in July of 1985, Queen will return to the studio in the Fall energized and inspired to begin recording the follow up their previous album The Works. Six of the albums' nine songs are tracks the band records for the action adventure films Highlander and Iron Eagle. The project is also the band's first to be tracked on digital recording equipment and is Queen's last album to be supported by a world tour. It will spin off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including "One Vision" (#7 UK, #61 US Pop) and the title track (#3 UK, #42 US Pop). A Kind Of Magic will hit #1 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold by the RIAA in the US.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1987 - The single “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael is banned from both radio and video airplay by the BBC in the UK two days after its release. It is issued as the first single from the former Wham! lead singers’ first solo album Faith and is on the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy comedy Beverly Hills Cop II. The BBC will issue a statement regarding the ban, feeling that both the song and the music video are “too sexually provocative,” and believing it to promote promiscuity in spite of its actual message of being in a monogamous relationship. In the US, many radio stations will refuse to play the record for similar reasons, with panic over the worldwide AIDS pandemic reaching a fever pitch around this time. MTV will make Michael re-edit the video three times before they accept it for daytime airplay. CBS Records will also provide radio with a special edit of the song that excises the word “sex” from the track dropping in the words “love” and “you” in the appropriate places. In spite of all this, sales of the single are strong both in the US and UK, though the reduced exposure it receives will prevent the record from reaching #1 in either country. “I Want Your Sex” will hit #3 on the UK singles chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being certified Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: June 3, 1989 - The Raw And The Cooked, the second album by Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for seven weeks. Produced by Fine Young Cannibals, Jerry Harrison, and David Z., it is recorded at Sarm West Studios in Hampstead, London; Power Plant Studios in Willesden, London; Parsifal Studios in West Hampstead, London; Music Station in London; AIR Studios in London; and Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN from mid 1986 to late 1988. The Birmingham, UK bands' second album begins recording just months after the release of their self-titled debut. They will record a cover of the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love" for the Jonathan Demme film Something Wild. In the interim, they will also record three more songs for inclusion in the Barry Levinson comedy Tin Men in 1987 in which the band makes a cameo appearance as nightclub band. Wanting to work with Prince, FYC will end up working with engineer/producer David Z. at Paisley Park when the artist is unavailable. The album will take its title from the book Le Cru et le Cuit by French anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Levi-Strauss. It will be a huge critic and commercial success upon its release, spinning off a total of six singles including the chart toppers "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing." The Raw And The Cooked will be certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA, and will even spin off a sequel remix album titled The Raw And The Remix, consisting of 12" remixes and alternate versions of several songs in late 1990.