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On this day in music history: October 28, 1964 - The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen Age Music International) is filmed in Santa Monica. Produced by Bill Sargeant and directed by Steve Binder (Elvis '68 Comeback Special), it is filmed over two days (October 28 - 29, 1964) at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The concerts feature performances by The Barbarians, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and The Rolling Stones. The unquestionable highlight of the film is a showstopping performance by James Brown & The Famous Flames. Shot with Electronovision television cameras (a early predecessor to high definition television), the best footage from the two nights will be edited into the final film, which is released theatrically on December 29, 1964. The T.A.M.I. Show will be seen as a seminal event in Rock & Roll history, which will be further confirmed when it is named to The National Film Registry by the U.S. Library Of Congress in 2006. Rarely seen in complete form since its original release (with the exception of video tape bootlegs), Dick Clark Productions will acquire the rights to the film. After numerous delays, it will finally be restored and released in its entirety on DVD by Shout Factory in March of 2010.
On this day in music history: October 28, 1972 - Talking Book, the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Stevie Wonder, it is recorded at AIR Studios in London, Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and Crystal Studios and The Record Plant in Los Angeles from March - September 1972. Issued just seven months after Music Of My Mind, it is the second album Wonder writes and produces after gaining full creative control of his music. The album also features Wonder playing most of the instruments, assisted by associate producers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil with the synthesizer programming. Guitarists Jeff Beck and "Buzzy" Feiten, and saxophonist David Sanborn make guest appearances on the tracks "Lookin' For Another Pure Love" and " Heartbreak" respectively. It will produce several classics including the chart-topping singles “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and “Superstition.” It will be a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, winning three Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. The original LP pressings feature the title and artist name embossed on the front cover in braille with an additional message from Wonder (also written in braille) on the inside gatefold that reads, "Here is my music, it is all I have to tell you how I feel. Know that your love keeps my love strong. - Stevie". Talking Book will spend three weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and peak at #3 on the Top 200.
On this day in music history: October 28, 1978 - “Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Nick Gilder and James McCulloch, it is the biggest hit for the British-born singer. Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Gilder will form the glam rock band Sweeney Todd with guitarist McCulloch in 1971. Gilder and McCulloch will both leave the band in 1976, with their places being taken by another Vancouver singer/guitarist named Bryan Adams. When an attempt to work with legendary Beatles producer George Martin for his solo debut album You Know Who You Are falls through, the album will instead be produced by Stewart Alan Love. When it fails to make an impression, Gilder will be paired with producer Mike Chapman (Blondie, Exile, Sweet) for his second album City Lights. During their first sessions together, they will record three songs in three days, among them is "Hot Child In The City." Chrysalis Records president Terry Ellis will hear the song and pick it to be released as a single, even after Chapman and co-writer McCulloch believe that it won't be a hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on June 10, 1978, it will make a very long and arduous climb up the charts, stalling at least three times before reaching the top twenty weeks later. The single will set a chart record for the slowest climb to number one on the US charts. “Hot Child In The City” will be certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: October 28, 1985 - Dead Man's Party, the fourth album by Oingo Boingo is released. Produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Factory in North Hollywood from early - mid 1985. With bandleader Danny Elfman having released the solo project (though actually featuring members of Oingo Boingo playing on it) So-Lo in 1984, the L.A.-based new wave band will record their first album for new label MCA Records under the band name. It will differ significantly from their earlier work on A&M Records, showcasing a more pop oriented sound, and more polished production courtesy of recording engineers and mixers David Leonard and Michael Frondelli. It will be the band's most successful album, spinning off four singles including "Weird Science" (#45 Pop), which is written as the theme song for the John Hughes comedy. The title track will be included in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Back To School in 1986 and the band also appears in the film performing the song. Dead Man's Party will peak at #98 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.