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Music History Monday: September 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 16, 2013 11:55am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 16, 1963 - "She Loves You" by The Beatles is released in the US. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the band's third single to be released in the US. Lennon and McCartney will begin writing the song while The Beatles are touring the UK with fellow Liverpudlians Gerry & The Pacemakers and American star Roy Orbison in June of 1963. They will finish writing it over the next couple of days before recording it at Abbey Road Studios on July 1, 1963. The single's B-side, "I'll Get You," will also be recorded during the same session. The single is released by Philadelphia-based indie label Swan Records after it is offered to both Capitol and Vee Jay Records who both turn it down. At first, the single will receive only minimal exposure and fails to make the Billboard Hot 100. After the band breaks through with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" a few months later, Swan will reissue "She Loves You" in January of 1964 and it will re-enter the chart hitting #1 on the Hot 100 on March 21, 1964, becoming their second million-selling single in the US. Swan Records will also release the bands German language version of the song titled "Sie Liebt Dich" (recorded in Paris on January 29, 1964 during the same recording session for "Can't Buy Me Love" and the German version of "I Want To Hold Your Hand," titled "Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand") on May 21, 1964, following the chart topping success of the original version. However, it will sell poorly, peaking at #97 on the Hot 100 on June 27, 1964.
 

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Music History Monday: September 9

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 9, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 9, 1941 - R&B vocal icon Otis Redding (born Otis Ray Redding, Jr. in Dawson, GA). Happy Birthday to The Big "O" on what would have been his 72nd Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: September 9, 1967 - "Cold Sweat Pt. 1" by James Brown hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for three weeks, also peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on August 26th. Written by Brown and Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, it is the fifth R&B chart topper for the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The song is originally written in 1962, but is re-recorded and given a dramatic re-arrangement after Brown hears "Funky Broadway," the recent hit single by Wilson Pickett. The track is recorded at King Studios in Cincinnati in May of 1967 and is the first session for engineer Ron Lenhoff who will become Brown's recording engineer for the next eight years, recording and mixing numerous hits for the Godfather of Soul. The extended workout runs over seven minutes in its entirety, but is edited and split into two parts for single release. "Cold Sweat" will mark a major turning point in the evolution of R&B music, being the first record to introduce the subgenre known as Funk. By putting more emphasis on the rhythmic aspects of the song, rather than the melody, it will be regarded as one of the most influential records ever released. Released as single in July, "Cold Sweat" will climb the R&B and pop charts quickly. Ironically, it will be replaced at the top of the R&B charts by Wilson Pickett's "Funky Broadway," the very song that inspired James Brown to create "Cold Sweat."
 

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Music History Monday: September 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 2, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 2, 1978 - George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias ingeorge harrison  olivia a civil ceremony at the Henley-On-Thames Register Office in South Oxfordshire, UK. It is the second marriage for the former Beatles guitarist, having been married previously to model and actress Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974. Harrison will meet Arias in 1974 while she is working as a secretary for his then label A&M Records. Shortly after, the two will become friends and begin dating. The couple will marry one month and a day after the birth of their only son Dhani (born on August 1, 1978). They will remain happily married for 23 years until Harrison's death in November of 2001.

On this day in music history: September 2, 1981 - "Controversy" by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the eighth single release for the Minneapolis-born musician. Issued as the first single and title track to his fourth album, the song is a bold statement from the normally reclusive and media shy artist. Normally very private about his personal life, the song's lyrics will address the media and fans obsession with his sexuality, and religious and political beliefs. The long album version of the track will feature Prince quoting The Lord's Prayer, but instead of ending the scripture with "amen," he will complete his recitation with the song's title. That it in itself will lead some to label the song blasphemous. "Controversy" will peak at #3 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, topping the Club Play chart for six weeks (from November 14 - December 19, 1981 c/w "Let's Work"), and peaking at #70 on the Hot 100 (on November 21, 1981). "Controversy" will be re-released in the UK (as a 2 CD EP set and 7" picture disc) in 1993 to promote the compilation album The Hits/The B-Sides.

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Music History Monday: August 26

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 26, 2013 02:13pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 26, 1964 - "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks is released. Written by Ray Davies, it is the first major hit for the North London based rock band. Having released two previous singles that fail to make an impact, The Kinks will be pressured by their UK label Pye Records to deliver a hit record or be dropped from the label. After Davies writes "You Really Got Me," he and the band will try the song with a number of different arrangements before finding the right one. The Kinks will record the track with American producer Shel Talmy at IBC Studios in London in July 1964. The single's trademark distorted guitar sound is achieved by lead guitarist Dave Davies slicing the speaker cone of his guitar amp with a razor blade. It will also be one of the first rock songs to feature power chords (perfect 5ths and octaves) rather than major or minor triads. This will lay the template for the hard rock and heavy metal music genres that will follow in the years to come. The song will hit #1 in the UK and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28th. One of the records that will help define the '60s "British Invasion" era, "You Really Got Me" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
 


On this day in music history: August 26, 1967 - "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Bobbie Gentry (birth name Roberta Lee Streeter), it will be the biggest hit for the Mississippi born singer/songwriter. The cryptic story song about a young man committing suicide for unknown reasons is an immediate smash. Recorded at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood on July 10, 1967, the track will be completed in less than an hour of studio time. Arranger Jimmie Haskell will add the song's crowning touch by overdubbing violins and cellos to the spare arrangement. The unedited version runs over seven minutes and it pared down to just over four minutes. Originally issued as the B-side to her debut single "Mississippi Delta," DJs will very quickly favor the flipside. "Ode To Billie Joe" will enter the Hot 100 at #71 on August 5, 1967 and it will rocket to the top of the chart just three weeks later. The song will also send Gentry's album (also titled Ode To Billie Joe) to #1 for five weeks (unseating The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), and winning her two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
 

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Music History Monday: August 19

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 19, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: August 19, 1940 - Singer and songwriter Johnny Nash (born John Lester Nash, Jr. in Houston, TX). Happy 73rd Birthday, Johnny!!
 


Born on this day: August 19, 1943 - Singer Billy J. Kramer (born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Lancashire, UK) of Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas. Happy 70th Birthday, Billy!!
 


On this day in music history: August 19, 1967 - "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written primarily by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the fourteenth US chart topper for "The Fab Four. The Beatles will be asked to represent England as part of the first worldwide satellite broadcast "Our World." The only request that the organizers will make, is that the band come up with a song containing a simple message that the worldwide audience watching can understand. Having just released the landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band" two weeks before, the band will quickly begin work on the song. John Lennon will come up with and write the majority of what will become "All You Need Is Love," with Paul McCartney helping him complete it. The basic track is recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London on June 14th. The band performs the song on the live television broadcast from Studio One at Abbey Road Studios on June 25th. Lennon will sing his lead vocal live on the program, but will also record it again following the broadcast. The program will be seen by over 400 million people in 26 countries. Rush released as a single on July 7th, it will enter the Hot 100 at #71 on July 22nd, leaping to #1 just four weeks later. "All You Need Is Love" and its B-side "Baby You're A Rich Man" (recorded on May 11, 1967) will both be included on the US LP release of Magical Mystery Tour when it is released in late November of 1967. "All You Need Is Love" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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