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Music History Monday: August 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 18, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 18, 1956 - "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 11 weeks. It is third chart-topping single for Presley. Penned by songwriter Otis Blackwell ("Great Balls Of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender"), the track is recorded at RCA Studios in New York on July 2, 1956, with the master version being the 28th take. The single is released 11 days later on July 13th and is an immediate smash. Technically the B-side of the single, it will be listed along with "Hound Dog" beginning the week of August 11,1956 when it reaches #2, then topping the chart the following week. The double A-sided single's run at the top of the charts is unprecedented in the era. The record will remain unbroken until 1992 when "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men holds the number one spot for 13 weeks. "Don't Be Cruel" is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.
 


On this day in music history: August 18, 1978Who Are You, the eighth studio album by The Who is released. Produced by The Who, Jon Astley, and Glyn Johns, it is recorded at Rampart Studios in Battersea, London; Olympic Studios and RAK Studios in St. John's Wood, London; and Pete Townshend's home studio in Going-on-Thames, London from October 1977 - April 1978. Issued three years after their last studio album The Who By Numbers, it will be the final album to feature original drummer Keith Moon, who will die of an accidental drug overdose just three weeks after its release. It will spin off two singles including "Trick Of The Light" and the title track (#14 Pop). In 1996, the album will be remixed and remastered (by Jon Astley), with the reissue containing five bonus tracks. Who Are You will peak at number two on the Billboard Top 200, number six on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: August 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 11, 2014 07:24am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 11, 1966 - John Lennon holds a press conference at the Astor Towers in Chicago to apologize for remarks he had made in an interview published five months earlier. The original interview with journalist Maureen Cleave is published in the British newspaper The Evening Standard on March 4th. During the interview, Lennon will comment on religion and what he feels is the decline of Christianity in modern times. The comments will make little to no impact in Great Britain. On the eve of the band's fourth American Tour, US fan magazine Datebook will reprint Lennon’s comments out of context causing a furor in the US bible belt with radio stations banning the band's music, burning their records, and The Beatles themselves receiving death threats. After Lennon’s public apology, the uproar will eventually blow over. Though it will mark the beginning of the end of The Beatles days as a touring band. They will quietly and permanently withdraw from the road when they play their final live date at the end of the month at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
 


On this day in music history: August 11, 1969Barabajagal, the seventh album by Donovan is released. Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London in May 1968 and American Recording Company in Los Angeles in November 1968 and May 1969. The album features musical backing by The Jeff Beck Group (on the title track) as well as background vocals from Graham Nash, Mike McGear (aka Michael McCartney), Rod Stewart, and Madeline Bell. It will spin off two singles including the double A-sided single "Atlantis/To Susan On The West Coast Waiting" (#7 Pop) and the title track (#36 Pop). The album will also mark the end of Donovan's long term collaboration with producer Mickie Most, with Most shifting his attention to his newly formed label RAK Records and signing artists such as Hot Chocolate, The Arrows, Smokie, and Suzi QuatroBarabajagal will peak at number 23 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: August 4

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 4, 2014 11:03am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: August 4, 1901 - Jazz music icon Louis Armstrong (born in New Orleans, LA). Happy Birthday to one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. Love you, Pops!
 



On this day in music history: August 4, 1958 - "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Sharon Sheeley, it is the first chart-topping single for the teenaged star of the hit television series The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley (girlfriend of musician Eddie Cochran) will write "Fool" after the break up of her relationship with Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. The track is initially released as part of a four-song 7" EP when it begins to receive airplay. Imperial Records head Lew Chudd will have the song rush released as a single against Nelson's wishes. Since the singer has the right to approve of artwork used on his records, he will not grant permission for the single to be packaged with a picture sleeve (his only Imperial single released without a picture sleeve) to show his disapproval. The song will also be the first number one single on the newly dubbed "Hot 100" chart, previously known as the Best Sellers chart. "Poor Little Fool" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music History Monday: July 28

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 28, 2014 07:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 28, 1979 - “Good Times” by Chic hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for six weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for one week on August 18, 1979. Written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it is the second R&B and pop chart-topper for the seminal New York City-based R&B band led by musician and producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Like many of Chic's other hit singles, lyrically they will seem quite ambiguous on the surface, but in truth will often mask a much more profound and deeper meaning within the lyrics. The duo will refer to their songs having a "deep hidden meaning" behind them. Edwards and Rodgers will base "Good Times" conceptually on depression era pop songs like “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “About A Quarter To Nine,” juxtaposing them with the state of the late 70’s economy and the unbridled hedonism of the "Disco Era," making a veiled statement about people’s need to escape and to forget about their troubles. That concept will even extend to the packaging of the accompanying album Risque, which will feature the members of the band posed in a sepia toned black & white photograph depicting that bygone era. Released as a single on June 4, 1979, "Good Times" will be an immediate smash, both on the dance floor and on the radio. It will go on to become one of the most influential records of the late 20th century and beyond when it also becomes a cornerstone of Hip-Hop culture. Its innovative bassline will be used as the basis for the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” as well as spawning numerous songs either directly copying or influenced by it. "Good Times" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music History Monday: July 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 21, 2014 07:25am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: July 21, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, musician, and humanitarian Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens, born Steven Demetre Georgiou in Marylebone, London, UK.). Happy 66th birthday, Yusuf/Cat!
 


On this day in music history: July 21, 1972The Slider, the seventh album by T. Rex is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark; Château d'Hérouville in Paris, France; and Elektra Studios in Los Angeles from March - April 1972. Issued as the follow up to band's glam classic Electric Warrior, Marc Bolan and the band will begin recording at the Château d'Hérouville outside of Paris on the recommendation of his friend Elton John, while on tax exile from the UK. The basic tracks will be completed in only five days, before moving on to other studios in Denmark and the US to complete the overdubs and mixing. The album will spin off the hit singles "Metal Guru" and Telegram Sam." The album's iconic cover photo is taken by producer Tony Visconti (though on the original album cover it is erroneously credited to Ringo Starr who at the time is directing a concert film featuring Bolan and T. Rex titled "Born To Boogie"). The Slider will peak at number four on the UK album chart and number 17n on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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