Music History Monday: August 5

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1957 - American Bandstand makes its national television debut on ABC. Hosted by former radio DJ and music entepreneur Dick Clark, the show is originally broadcast on local Philadelphia channel WFIL-TV Channel 6 in 1952 with original host Bob Horn (1952 - 1956), co-host Lee Stewart (1952 - 1955), and Tony Mammarella (1956 only). Clark will become the show's permanent host from 1956 to 1989 (returning briefly in 2002). The show will move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964, beginning color broadcasts in September of 1967. 3,000 episodes of the show will be taped over its 50 year history (though only 883 survive).

On this day in music history: August 5, 1969 - The self-titled debut album by The Stooges is released. Produced by John Cale, it is recorded at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI from October 30 - 31, 1968. Recorded in just two days with The Velvet Underground's multi-instrumentalist John Cale, the original mix of the album will be rejected by Elektra (four of the rejected mixes will be released on a reissue of the album in 2005). The released version will be remixed by frontman Iggy Pop and label founder Jac Holzman. Featuring such proto-punk classics as "No Fun" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog," it will become highly influential, providing the inspiration for the Punk Rock music genre in the '70s. Iggy Pop will be widely acknowledged as the godfather of the punk movement. The Stooges will peak at #106 on the Billboard Top 200.

On this day in music history: August 5, 1972 - "Where Is The Love" by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for one week on July 22nd, and peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on August 12. Written by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter, it is the third single from the duos' eponymously titled duet album. Originally written for The 5th Dimension, MacDonald and Salter never have the opportunity to get the song to the group. When Flack and Hathaway are recording their first duet album in 1971, MacDonald (a friend of Flack's) will play the song for her. Needing one more song for the album, she agrees to record it. Working jointly with producers Joel Dorn and Arif Mardin, they will assemble a team of musicians to play on the track that include Chuck Rainey (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Eric Gale (guitar), Jack Jennings (vibes), Flack and Hathaway (acoustic and electric piano), and Ralph MacDonald himself (percussion). "Where Is The Love" will win the duo a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group.

On this day in music history: August 5, 1978 - "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at #6 on the Billboard Club Play chart and #33 on the R&B singles chart on July 22nd. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the eighth US chart topper for the legendary British rock band. The song is initially inspired while Mick Jagger jams with musician Billy Preston during rehearsals for the bands' gig at The El Mocambo Club in Toronto, Canada in March of 1977. The song will evolve into its distinctive disco sound when it is recorded at EMI's Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris in late 1977. The harmonica on "Miss You" is played musician Sugar Blue who is discovered by Ron Wood busking on the streets of Paris. The track will be remixed by engineer Bob Clearmountain after Jagger hears Chic's "Dance, Dance, Dance" one night at Studio 54. Issued as the first single from the classic Some Girls album on May 10, 1978 (UK release is on May 26th), it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on May 27, 1978, it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The single will also be released as a remixed and extended 12" single that will also be hugely popular and major seller. "Miss You" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: August 5, 1978 - "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste Of Honey hits #1 on a taste of honeythe Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also topping the Hot 100 for three weeks on September 9th. Written by Janice-Marie Johnson and Perry Kibble, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles-based R&B band musicians Janice-Marie Johnson and Hazel Payne. The song will be inspired during a gig at a military base. The audience, not used to seeing a band fronted by two women sit transfixed until lead singer/bassist Janice Marie Johnson intices the crowd to get on their feet. The incident will inspire Johnson to write the song, collaborating with keyboardist Kibble. Signed to Capitol Records by R&B music executive Larkin Arnold, "Boogie" will be the band's first single. An across the board smash, it will sell nearly three million copies in the US and is certified Platinum by the RIAA. The success of "Boogie Oogie Oogie" will win A Taste Of Honey a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, making them only the second African American artists to win that award (Natalie Cole is the first).

On this day in music history: August 5, 1983Punch The Clock, the seventh album by Elvis Costello & The Attractions is released. Produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. It is recorded at AIR Studios in London from January - April of 1983. Following the critically acclaimed and musically eclectic Imperial Bedroom, Elvis Costello will go back to a more straight ahead pop music sound, working with producers Langer and Winstanley (Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners). The album also features additional backing from the TKO Horns and background vocal duo Afrodiziak (featuring Caron Wheeler and Claudia Fontaine). Punch The Clock spins off three singles -- including Costello's first US Top 40 hit, "Everyday I Write The Book" (#36 Pop) -- and peaks at #24 on the Billboard Top 200.

On this day in music history: August 5, 1989 - "Batdance" by Prince hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the R&B singles chart for one week on August 12th. Written and produced by Prince, it is the fourth #1 Pop and sixth R&B chart topper for the Minneapolis-born singer, songwriter, and musician. Prince will become involved in the Batman film project after being shown a rough cut of the film by director Tim Burton, who had been using "1999" and "Baby I'm A Star" as temporary music tracks while editing the film. Cancelling a scheduled vacation, Prince will fly back home to Minneapolis and begin writing music for the film. Within a month, the artist will compose eight new songs (only few will make the final cut) for the film. The track "Batdance" is a song collage (featuring pieces of the songs "200 Balloons" (Batdance's non-LP B-side), "The Future", and "Electric Chair") written and recorded overnight, using samples of dialogue from the film. Though it is not included in the film, the song will be brilliantly utilized to market both the film and album. Released as a single on June 9, 1989, it will be an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on June 17, 1989, it will rise to the top of the chart seven weeks later. "Batdance" is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


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