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Music History Monday: June 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 23, 2014 07:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 23, 1965 - "The Tracks Of My Tears" by The Miracles is released. Written by Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, and Marvin Tarplin, it is the 21st single released by the Detroit vocal group led by singer, songwriter, and producer Robinson. The song will be developed around the song's distinctive opening guitar line created by guitarist Tarplin, taking inspiration from the Harry Belafonte calypso number "The Banana Boat Song." The track is recorded at Motown Studio A on January 20, 1965 with members of The Funk Brothers providing musical support. "The Tracks Of My Tears" will be later included on the group's album "Going To A Go Go" (#1 R&B, #8 Pop) in November of 1965. It will go on to be one of the most covered and recognized songs in the Motown catalog. Over the years it has also been featured in numerous films including Platoon and The Big Chill. The single will peak at #2 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #16 on the Hot 100. "The Tracks Of My Tears" is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2007.
 

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Music History Monday: June 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 16, 2014 11:02am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 16, 1942 - R&B vocal legend Eddie Levert (born Edward Levert in Bessemer, AL) of The O'Jays. Happy 72nd Birthday, Eddie! We love you!
 


Born on this day: June 16, 1971 - Rap music icon and actor 2Pac (born Tupac Amaru Shakur in East Harlem, NY). Happy Birthday to Tupac on what would have been his 43rd Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: June 16, 1979 - “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for five weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for two weeks on June 30, 1979. Written and produced by Frederick Knight, it is the biggest hit for the former school teacher turned singer from Memphis, TN. The song is originally written and intended for the then 13-year-old singer Stacy Lattisaw. When Lattisaw does not end up signing with Knight’s production company (signing with Atlantic Records instead), Knight will re-write the lyrics, originally about kids talking on the telephone, to something more suited for an adult singer. Anita Ward, a 22-year-old former school teacher will be given the song for her debut album. The track is cut at Malaco Studios in Jackson, MS and released on Knight’s Juana Records (distributed by Miami-based TK Records). The record will be remixed by famed New York club DJ Richie Rivera, which will turn it into a worldwide hit. “Ring My Bell” will sell over 2.5 million copies in the US alone.
 

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Music History Monday: June 9

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 9, 2014 11:15am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 9, 1958 - "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for six weeks. Written by Wooley, the novelty song will be the biggest hit for the Oklahoma born singer/actor. Wooley will audition for the head of MGM Records in early 1958, singing mostly ballads. At the auditions' conclusion, he will sing "The Purple People Eater" when the label president asks if he has any other material. Sensing its hit potential, he will sign the singer and rush him into the studio with producer/A&R man Neely Plumb (father of actress Eve Plumb, Jan Brady on The Brady Bunch). The song is quickly cut and released, becoming an immediate smash. Entering the Best Sellers chart at #7 on June 2, 1958, it will leap to the top of the chart the following week. "The Purple People Eater" will sell over two million copies. Following the success of the record, Sheb Wooley will star on then new TV series Rawhide with an up and coming new actor named Clint Eastwood. "The Purple People Eater" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: June 9, 1972 - Bruce Springsteen officially signs with Columbia Records. Having performed in bars and clubs in his native New Jersey for several years, the young bruce springsteensinger/songwriter will audition for legendary A&R man John Hammond whose previous discoveries include Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, George Benson, Bob Dylan, and Aretha Franklin. Now under contract to Columbia, the label will put Springsteen in the studio in July to begin work on his debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. The first album will initially sell only 25,000 copies, with the follow up The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle not performing much better. Eventually, Springsteen's recording career will take off with his breakthrough album Born To Run in 1975. Over his four decade career, Bruce Springsteen will come to be regarded as one of the preeminent singer and songwriters of all time, selling over 120 million records worldwide, winning 20 Grammy Awards (to date), two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.

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Music History Monday: June 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 2, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 2, 1962 - "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, topping the R&B singles chart for 10 weeks on May 26, 1962, and the Adult Contemporary chart for five weeks on June 9th. Written by Don Gibson, the song is originally recorded by Gibson in late 1957. Charles will record the song at United/Western Recorders on February 15, 1962. It is the first single issued from the landmark album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (released in April of 1962). Initially labelled "Ray's Folly" by ABC Paramount Records executives who doubt its commercial potential, the album and single are an immediate smash with the public. A major hit in several genres, "I Can't Stop Loving You" will set a record for the longest run at the top of the R&B singles chart that will hold for over 20 years until it is tied by Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" in November 1982. "I Can't Stop" will also earn Ray Charles a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording in 1963 and will be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2001. "I Can't Stop Loving You" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: May 26

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 26, 2014 08:16am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: May 26, 1926 - Trumpeter and jazz music icon Miles Davis (Born Miles Dewey Davis III in Alton, IL). Happy Birthday to one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century on what would have been his 88th birthday. We love you, Miles!
 


On this day in music history: May 26, 1973 - "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Edgar Winter, it is the biggest hit for the blues/rock band fronted by Texas born Winter. The song originates as an extended in studio jam. The rock instrumental derives its title from an in joke between band members, due to the number of splices made in the final master version of the song, and also to describe the song's heavy, lumbering beat. It is the last track recorded for Winter's They Only Come Out At Night album, and is initially released as the B-side to "Hangin' Around." After DJ's begin playing the flipside and due to enthusiastic public response, Epic Records will re-issue the single with the sides reversed. Entering the Hot 100 at #98 on March 10, 1973, it will climb to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. "Frankenstein" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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