Music History Monday: September 1

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Born on this day: September 1, 1944 - R&B vocal legend Archie Bell (born Archie Lee Bell in Henderson, TX). Happy 70th Birthday, Archie!


Born on this day: September 1, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Barry Gibb (born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb in Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Barry!

On this day in music history: September 1, 1887 - German American inventor Emile Berliner files for a patent with the US Patent Office for the Gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch. Berliner's invention will use flat discs rather than wax cylinders used by Edison's machine. One of the other major issues Edison's phonograph is consistent playback speed. While Berliner is developing the gramophone, he will enlist the help of engineer Eldridge Johnson who will design a low cost, clock-work spring-wound motor that spins the disc at a consistent speed. With a group of investors backing them, Berliner will start the Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895. By 1901, Berliner and Johnson will establish the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor), marking the beginning of the modern music industry.

On this day in music history: September 1, 1962 - "Sheila" by Tommy Roe hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Tommy Roe, it is the first chart-topping single for the Atlanta-born singer, songwriter, and musician. Roe will come to the attention of record producer Felton Jarvis (Elvis Presley) through a local Atlanta DJ named named Paul Drew. While still in high school, Tommy Roe and his band will play sock hops hosted by Drew. "Sheila" is recorded as a tribute to one of Roe's musical heroes, the late Rock & Roll pioneer Buddy Holly. First released on the small independent Judd record label, it will be picked up for national distribution by ABC-Paramount Records. Entering the Hot 100 at #73 on July 28, 1962, it will rocket to the top of the chart five weeks later. Even with the record's huge success, Roe is reluctant to quit his steady day job working for General Electric, until ABC-Paramount advances him $5,000 to go on the road to make live appearances to support the record. "Sheila" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 1, 1981Private Eyes, the tenth album by Daryl Hall & John Oates is released. Produced by Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Neil Kernon, it is recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City from March - June of 1981. Following up the successful Voices album, Hall & Oates next release will see the duo really hitting their commercial stride, which will make them one of the top-selling artists of the decade. Sporting supremely well crafted and catchy songs, bolstered by tight, clean production, it will be regarded as one of their definitive albums. It is an immediate success upon its release, spinning off four hit singles including the title track (#1 Pop), "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" (#1 Pop and R&B), and "Did It In A Minute" (#9 Pop). Private Eyes will hit number five on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 1, 1984 - "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, also peaking at #2 on R&B singles chart. Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, it is the biggest hit for the legendary R&B singer. Britten and Lyle originally write the song for British pop legend Cliff Richard but he will pass on recording it. The duo will also offer the song to Donna Summer, who will also turn it down. Recorded during the whirlwind sessions for thePrivate Dancer album in London, Turner is not initially not fond of the song when she first hears it. It is only after Britten rewrites the lyrics that she'll consent to record it. Released as the second single from Private Dancer, it will follow closely on the heels of her cover version of "Let's Stay Together." Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on May 19, 1984, it will make a gradual climb up the charts, gaining momentum through the summer until it reaches the top of the chart 15 weeks later. The single will win three Grammy Awards including Record and Song Of The Year. "What's Love Got To Do With It" will also be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2012. The song will also become the title of a 1993 biopic about Turner based on her autobiography (written with Kurt Loder) I, Tina. "What's Love Got To Do With It" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 1, 1984 Tonight, the 16 studio album by David Bowie, is released. Produced by David Bowie, Derek Bramble, and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at Le Studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in Early - Mid 1984. Issued as the follow up to his smash comeback Let's Dance, it features guest appearances by Tina Turner and Iggy Pop. Bowie will use many of the same musicians featured on Let's Dance but it will be without the creative guidance of producer Nile Rodgers. Instead, Bowie will ask former Heatwave member Derek Bramble to oversee much of the production (with co-producer/engineer Hugh Padgham), having heard demos he had produced with British R&B singer Jaki Graham. Bowie will also enlist songwriting assistance from his old friend and collaborator Iggy Pop (who co-writes five of the album's nine songs). Unlike the rapturously positive reviews that greeted the previous album, reaction will be largely mixed from fans and critics. It will spin off three singles including "Blue Jean" (#8 Pop), which will be promoted with a short film/music video directed by Julien TempleTonight will peak at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 1, 1989Dr. Feelgood, the fifth album by Motley Crue, is released. Produced by Bob Rock, it is recorded at Little Mountain Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from early - mid 1989. The album is first release from the band after several members go to rehab for various substance abuse problems. Though sober by the time they begin work on the album, working together in the studio will prove difficult. Producer Rock will alleviate this problem by having the band record their parts separately, which will speed up the recording process significantly. A critical and commercial success upon its release, it will spin off five singles including "Kickstart My Heart" (#27 Pop), "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" (#19 Pop), and the title track (#6 Pop). Dr. Feelgood will spend two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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