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Born on this day: August 19, 1940 - Singer and songwriter Johnny Nash (born John Lester Nash, Jr. in Houston, TX). Happy 73rd Birthday, Johnny!!
On this day in music history: August 19, 1967 - "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written primarily by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the fourteenth US chart topper for "The Fab Four. The Beatles will be asked to represent England as part of the first worldwide satellite broadcast "Our World." The only request that the organizers will make, is that the band come up with a song containing a simple message that the worldwide audience watching can understand. Having just released the landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band" two weeks before, the band will quickly begin work on the song. John Lennon will come up with and write the majority of what will become "All You Need Is Love," with Paul McCartney helping him complete it. The basic track is recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London on June 14th. The band performs the song on the live television broadcast from Studio One at Abbey Road Studios on June 25th. Lennon will sing his lead vocal live on the program, but will also record it again following the broadcast. The program will be seen by over 400 million people in 26 countries. Rush released as a single on July 7th, it will enter the Hot 100 at #71 on July 22nd, leaping to #1 just four weeks later. "All You Need Is Love" and its B-side "Baby You're A Rich Man" (recorded on May 11, 1967) will both be included on the US LP release of Magical Mystery Tour when it is released in late November of 1967. "All You Need Is Love" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: August 19, 1970 - Close To You, the second album by the Carpenters is released. Produced by Richard Carpenter and Jack Daughtery, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood from March - May of 1970. Following the poor response and sales of their debut album Offering (re-released as Ticket To Ride) in 1969, the brother and sister duo Richard and Karen will return to the studio in early 1970 to record their sophomore effort. Featuring Richard on keyboards and Karen on drums, they will also be backed by a group of top L.A. studio musicians including Wrecking Crew members Hal Blaine (drums) and Joe Osborn (bass). Though the album's producer credit is given to The Carpenters A&R man Daugherty, the actual production and arranging of the material is actually handled by Richard Carpenter, with Daughtery being responsible only for contracting the musicians and booking studio time. Released right on the heels the chart-topping single "(They Long To Be) Close To You," The Carpenters second album will quickly ascend the charts and establish them and their trademark sound. The album will spin off two hit singles including "We've Only Just Begun" (#2 Pop) and the title track (#1 Pop). Close To You will peak at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: August 19, 1972 - Chicago V, the fifth album by Chicago hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for nine weeks. Produced by James William Guercio, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from September 20 - 29, 1971. Recorded in just nine days, it is the bands' first single LP release. Physically and creatively exhausted after a three-year-long cycle of having recorded three double album sets (plus a 4 LP live album box set), and touring extensively to support them, the band will decide to take a more direct approach with their fifth album. Stepping away from the lengthy and elaborate music suites that dominated their previous LP's, they put an emphasis on songs that are shorter in length and more radio friendly. Eight of the album's ten tracks are written by keyboard player and vocalist Robert Lamm including the hit singles "Saturday In The Park" (#3 Pop) and "Dialogue Pts. 1 & 2" (#24 Pop). Chicago V is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: August 19, 1985 - Scarecrow, the eighth album by John (Cougar) Mellencamp is released. Produced by John Mellencamp (aka "Little Bastard") and Don Gehman, it is recorded at the Belmont Mall in Belmont, IN from March 20 - April 29, 1985. Recorded at his newly built studio near his home in Bloomington, IN, Mellencamp will take a different approach than on previous albums. Wanting to incorporate more of a '60's rock and R&B feel into the material, he will have his band learn how to play and rehearse nearly a hundred classic songs prior to recording, in order to achieve the sound and feel required for the new songs. Those influences will resonate strongly through the material, with this "retro" feel even carrying over into the music video for the single "R.O.C.K. In The USA (A Salute To 60's Rock)" (#2 Pop). In order to authentically capture the look and feel of the 1960s, the clip will be shot in black and white using a vintage kinescope camera. The album will spin off five singles including "Lonely Ol' Night" (#6 Pop), "Small Town" (#6 Pop), and "Rain On The Scarecrow (#21 Pop). Scarecrow will peak at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.