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Born on this day: September 30, 1943 - Singer and television host Marilyn McCoo (born in Jersey City, NJ). Happy 70th birthday to this very lovely and talented lady. ♥ you, Marilyn!
Born on this day: September 30, 1954 - Singer, songwriter, and musician extraordinaire Patrice Rushen (born Patrice Louise Rushen in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 59th birthday, Patrice! We love you, Baby Fingers!
On this day in music history: September 30, 1963 - Heat Wave, the second album by Martha & The Vandellas is released. Produced by Holland - Dozier - Holland and William "Mickey" Stevenson, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from early - mid 1963. The album features the title track "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (the groups' then current hit single), which is also their first Top 10 pop hit (#1 R&B, #4 Pop). The single will also earn a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1964, making Martha & The Vandellas the first Motown act to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Much of the album includes several cover versions of recent hits including "If I Had A Hammer," "Then He Kissed Me," and "Mockingbird." It will also be the last album to feature original member Annette Beard, who will be replaced by Betty Kelly. Heat Wave will peak at #125 on the Billboard Top 200.
On this day in music history: September 30, 1968 - "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf is released. Written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve, the single is the follow up to the band's breakthrough smash "Born To Be Wild." The original 45 version of the song will include an alternate lead vocal by John Kay that differs significantly from the stereo LP mix, which has a longer running time (4:25 as opposed to the 45 edit running time of 2:55), and is the version commonly heard today. The song will be featured extensively in films and television programs over the years, and today is regarded as one of the quintessential songs of the '60s. The original mono master tape containing the single version of "Ride" will be destroyed in the early '70s when Dunhill Record's parent label ABC dumps all of their mono masters into a landfill because the label believes they are of no use or value following the rise in popularity of stereo recordings in the late '60s. The original single mix will appear on the first volume of radio DJ Dick Bartley's On The Radio oldies CD compilation series in 1997. With the original master tape no longer in existance, it will be mastered from an original 45 vinyl pressing. "Magic Carpet Ride" will peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 30th and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: September 30, 1976 - Spirit, the eighth album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released. Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, it is recorded at Wally Heider Studio 3 in Los Angeles, Burbank Studios in Burbank, and Hollywood Sound Recorders and Westlake Audio in Hollywood from April - May 1976. Issued after the breakthrough successes of That's The Way Of The World and the live Gratitude albums, it is another artistic and commercial triumph for the band. But it will also mark the loss of longtime co-producer, arranger, and mentor Charles Stepney who will pass away during the recording of the album. The album and title track will be dedicated to his memory. It will spin off three singles including "Getaway" (#1 R&B, #12 Pop), " Nite" (#4 R&B, #21 Pop), and "On Your Face" (#26 R&B). The album's striking cover photo of the band is taken by famed photographer Ethan Russell (The Beatles' Let It Be, The Who's Who's Next). Early pressings of the LP will come packaged with a bonus promotional 7" disc (mastered at 33 1/3 RPM) titled "Three With Spirit." The record will feature three tracks from artists produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, and feature Earth, Wind & Fire providing instrumental backing. The tracks include "Free" by Deniece Williams, "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" by The Emotions, and "Aufu Oodu" by Ramsey Lewis. First run copies of the LP will also feature an incorrect track sequence printed on the back cover from what is actually on the record. CBS Records will opt to package albums with these jackets rather than scrapping them. The corrected track sequence will appear on all subsequent repressings. The album will be remastered in 2001, and features five bonus tracks including alternate mixes and one outtake from the sessions. Spirit will peak at #2 on both the Billboard R&B album chart and the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: September 30, 1978 - "Kiss You All Over" by Exile hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, it will be their biggest hit and only pop crossover success for the country rock band from Richmond, KY. Australian born songwriter and producer Mike Chapman (Sweet, Mud, Suzi Quatro, Blondie, The Knack) will meet the band after seeing them play a gig near their hometown in 1976. Liking what he hears, he signs on as their producer. Chapman will write their first chart hit, "Try It On" (released on Atco Records), which will peak at #97 on the Hot 100 in March of 1977. Exile will be dropped from Atco and is signed to Warner/Curb later in the year. The producer songwriter will bring them the song "Kiss You All Over," co-written with longtime songwriting partner Nicky Chinn. Exile will come up with their own arrangement after hearing the basic demo recording. Released as the first single from their second album Mixed Emotions, it will quickly become a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #85 on July 8, 1978, it will climb to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. During its run on the charts, "Kiss You All Over" will sell over two million copies, being certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: September 30, 1987 - The television special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is filmed. Shot on 35mm black & white film, the concert is filmed in the Coconut Grove Nightclub of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The concert stars the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with numerous musician friends and admirers including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, and more. The show is put together by producer and musical director T-Bone Burnett who leads a backing band that includes keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff, and guitarist James Burton. The special will be first broadcast on Cinemax on January 3, 1988. The special will also be released on home video and as an album after Orbison's death. He will also win a Grammy Award in 1991 (awarded posthumously) for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance after his live performance of "Oh, Pretty Woman" is released as a single (outside the US) and becomes a video airplay favorite on music video channels such as VH-1.