Music History Monday: December 30

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Born on this day: December 30, 1928 - Rhythm & Blues legend Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, MS). Happy Birthday to Bo on what would have been his 85th Birthday.

Born on this day: December 30, 1939 - R&B vocalist Kim Weston (born Agatha Natalie Weston in Detroit, MI). Happy 74th Birthday to this Motown legend!

Born on this day: December 30, 1942 - Songwriter, musician, producer, music video pioneer, and former Monkee Michael Nesmith (born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, TX). Happy 71st Birthday, Nez!

Born on this day: December 30, 1945 - Former Monkees vocalist Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones in Manchester, UK). Happy Birthday to this pop music icon on what would have been his 68th Birthday. We miss you, Davy!

Born on this day: December 30, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, and poet Patti Smith (born Patricia Lee Smith in Chicago, IL). Happy 67th Birthday, Patti!

Born on this day: December 30, 1947 - Songwriter, musician, producer and founder of the Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne (born Jeffrey Lynne in Shard End, Birmingham, UK). Happy 66th Birthday, Jeff!

Born on this day: December 30, 1951 - Songwriter and keyboardist for The Isley Brothers and Isley Jasper Isley, Chris Jasper (born Christopher H. Jasper in Cincinnati, OH). Happy 62nd Birthday, Chris!

Born on this day: December 30, 1959 - Actress, comedienne, and singer Tracey Ullman (born Trace Ullman in Slough, Buckinghamshire, UK). Happy 54th Birthday, Tracey!

On this day in music history: December 30, 1967 - "Hello Goodbye" by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Paul McCartney (credited to "Lennon/McCartney"), it is the 15th US chart topper for the "Fab Four." Originally written by McCartney under the title "Hello, Hello," the basic track for the song is recorded on October 2, 1967 in Studio Two at Abbey Road in London, with overdubs recorded on October 19, 1967. It is completed on November 2, 1967 with final mixing on the 6th. It is released as a single on November 24, 1967 backed with the John Lennon-penned "I Am The Walrus" (#56 Pop) and featured in the band's recent television film Magical Mystery Tour. Both tracks will appear on the US LP release of Magical Mystery Tour. The Beatles will make three different promotional films for "Hello Goodbye" at the Saville Theatre (owned by their late manager Brian Epstein) in London on November 10, 1967. The clip will make its US television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show two days after the single's release on November 26, 1967. However, it will not be shown in the UK due to the Musician's Union ban on artists miming to their own songs when making public appearances on either television or in any other venue. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on December 2, 1967, it will streak to the top of the chart four weeks later. "Hello Goodbye" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: December 30, 1968 - "You Showed Me" by The Turtles is released. Written by Jim (Roger) McGuinn and Gene Clark, it is the fifth and final top ten hit for the Los Angeles-based pop band. The song is originally recorded in 1964, prior to the formation of The Byrds, when McGuinn and Clark performed as a trio with David Crosby called The Jet Set. The Turtles version is recorded in late 1968 with producer Chip Douglas for their album The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands. It will peak at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 1, 1969, becoming the group's last major hit single. Years later, the song will be the subject of a lawsuit when De La Soul samples the track for their song "Transmitting Live From Mars." "You Showed Me" will be also be covered by The Lightning Seeds (using The Turtles arrangement) for the film Austin Powers - International Man Of Mystery in 1997.

On this day in music history: December 30, 1981Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, the debut album by Soft Cell is released in the US (UK release date is on November 23, 1981). Produced by Dave Ball, Daniel Miller, and Mike Thorne, it is recorded at Advision Studios and Camden Cell Studios in London from early - mid 1981. The first release by the synth-pop duo from Leeds (consisting of lead singer Marc Almond and keyboardist Dave Ball) is recorded on a very low budget, using mostly a Revox tape machine, two synthesizers and a borrowed drum machine. After the relative chart failure of their second single "Memorabilia," their parent label Phonogram Records will give them one more shot before they consider dropping them. For their next single they will record a cover of the 60's soul classic "Tainted Love" (originally recorded by Gloria Jones) backed with a cover of The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go?". The single is an instant smash in the UK hitting #1 there, and in 17 other countries around the world. The song will be their breakthrough hit in the US, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 in July of 1982 and also peaking at #4 on the Billboard Club Play chart with an extended 12" mix that combines both sides of the single into a medley. The single will spend a then record-setting 43 weeks on the Billboard pop singles chart. While back home in the UK, the album will spin off three more top five singles including "Bedsitter" (#4 UK), "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (#3 UK), and "Torch" (#2 UK). The track "Sex Dwarf" will be a further club hit whose video will be banned for its explicit S&M themed imagery. The album will also generate a follow up EP titled Non-Stop Exotic Dancing that will contain remixes of songs from the previous album. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret will peak at #5 on the UK album chart, #22 on the Billboard Top 200 and #55 on the R&B album chart.

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