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Music History Monday: August 12

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 12, 2013 12:55pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 12, 1968Cheap Thrills, the second album by Big Brother And The Holding Company is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at Columbia Recording cheap thrills big brother & the holding company janis joplinStudios in New York City (studio tracks) and the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco (live tracks) from March - May of 1968. Following the band's breakthrough performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, they will be approached by Clive Davis, then the head Columbia Records, who is eager to sign them. At the time, Big Brother is signed to independent label Mainstream Records, who will release their self titled debut album in August of 1967. It will take several months for the band to be extricated from their Mainstream contract and sign with Columbia, which will take place in early 1968. Once freed from their prior obligations, they will be paired with producer John Simon (The Band), and they will begin work on their second album. The initial plan is to record Big Brother in concert, producing an album that captures the band's electric live performances. When the results are lackluster, they will record much of the album in Columbia's New York recording studio, with the closing track "Ball And Chain" being recorded at Winterland in San Francisco (though the original release will erroneously credit it being recorded at the Fillmore East in New York). Originally titled Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills, Columbia Records will refuse to release it with that title, and make the band revise it. The album's iconic cover art by underground artist Robert Crumb (Zap Comix) is first intended to appear on the back of the LP jacket with a photo of Janis Joplin on the front. Joplin is so enamored with Crumb's artwork that it will be put on the front instead. Anchored by the hit single "Piece Of My Heart" (#12 Pop), it will be major success. When Columbia originally issues the LP along with the standard stereo version, the label will press a very limited amount of the mono version (an estimated 3,000 - 5,000 copies only), before quickly deleting it, turning it into a highly priced and sought after collector's item. The mono version of the album will be reissued in November of 2012 as a limited edition 180g vinyl LP pressing. Cheap Thrills will spend eight weeks (non-consecutive) at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and to date has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: August 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 5, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1957 - American Bandstand makes its national television debut on ABC. Hosted by former radio DJ and music entepreneur Dick Clark, the show is originally broadcast on local Philadelphia channel WFIL-TV Channel 6 in 1952 with original host Bob Horn (1952 - 1956), co-host Lee Stewart (1952 - 1955), and Tony Mammarella (1956 only). Clark will become the show's permanent host from 1956 to 1989 (returning briefly in 2002). The show will move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964, beginning color broadcasts in September of 1967. 3,000 episodes of the show will be taped over its 50 year history (though only 883 survive).

On this day in music history: August 5, 1969 - The self-titled debut album by The Stooges is released. Produced by John Cale, it is recorded at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI from October 30 - 31, 1968. Recorded in just two days with The Velvet Underground's multi-instrumentalist John Cale, the original mix of the album will be rejected by Elektra (four of the rejected mixes will be released on a reissue of the album in 2005). The released version will be remixed by frontman Iggy Pop and label founder Jac Holzman. Featuring such proto-punk classics as "No Fun" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog," it will become highly influential, providing the inspiration for the Punk Rock music genre in the '70s. Iggy Pop will be widely acknowledged as the godfather of the punk movement. The Stooges will peak at #106 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: July 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 29, 2013 12:05pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: July 29, 1953 - Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib in North York, Ontario, Canada), bassist and lead vocalist of Rush. Happy 60th Birthday, Geddy!
 


On this day in music history: July 29, 1967 - “Light My Fire” by The Doors hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison, it is the biggest hit for the L.A.-based rock band.  Composed mainly by guitarist Krieger, it will be credited to the entire band when he brings the unfinished song into the studio for the other band members to expand upon. The nearly seven-minute-long track is edited down to under three minutes for single release when it receives heavy airplay as an LP cut. The edited mono single version will also present the song at its originally recorded speed. The more commonly heard stereo LP version was mixed at a slightly slower speed due to an error made during the mixing process. Released as the second single from the bands’ self-titled debut album, it will quickly become a radio staple. Entering the Hot 100 at #93 on June 3, 1967, it will reach the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Light My Fire” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: July 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 22, 2013 11:40am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 22, 1966Blue Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall & The Blues Breakers is released. Produced by Mike Vernon, it is recorded at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London in March of 1966. The album will initially be planned as a live recording, but the recordings are scrapped and the band will record in the studio instead. It will be released to great acclaim upon its release in the UK, further cementing Eric Clapton's reputation as a brilliant lead guitarist, and is regarded as one of the quintessential British blues recordings. Clapton will use his newly acquired (and now legendary) 1960 Les Paul during the sessions. The album's now famous cover photo features the band posed together looking at the camera, with Clapton eyes averted reading a "Beano" comic book. In 2006, Universal Music Group will release a 2 CD Deluxe Edition of the album featuring a remastered version of the original album with the original stereo and mono mixes, with the second disc featuring live recordings made for and originally broadcast on the BBC radio program Saturday Club Sessions as well as the stand alone single "Lonely Years" and its original B-side "Bernard Jenkins." Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton will peak at #6 on the UK album chart.
 

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Music History Monday: July 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 15, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 15, 1967 - "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on July 29th. Written by Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, and Stevie Wonder, it is the third R&B chart topper for the then 17-year-old Motown star. Staff producer and songwriter Sylvia Moy will come up with the initial idea for the song, drawing upon her own family background while growing up in Arkansas. She will collaborate with producer/songwriter Henry "Hank" Cosby along with Stevie Wonder and his mother Lula who will also contribute lyrics and melody lines to the song. The track is cut at Motown Studio A in Detroit on March 11, 1967 with The Funk Brothers providing the instrumental backing. The strings (played by members of the Detroit Symphony) are added on March 21st, with Wonder recording his lead vocal on March 30th. The background vocals are recorded on March 31st. Released in May of 1967 after a number of mid-charting singles on the pop charts, it will fully restore Wonder to commercial prominence.
 


Born on this day: July 15, 1944 - Singer/songwriter Millie Jackson (born Mildred Jackson in Thomson, GA). Happy 69th Birthday this pioneering R&B vocalist! We ♥ you Millie for always keeping it real!
 

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