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Music History Monday: February 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 17, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: February 17, 1962 - "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler (Born Eugene Dixon) hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for five weeks on the same date. Written by Bernice Williams, Eugene Dixon, and Earl Edwards, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocalist. The song will originate as a vocal warm up exercise in the doo wop group The Dukays, in which Chandler and Edwards were both members. Entering the Hot 100 at #93 on January 13, 1962, it will leap to the top of the chart five weeks later. "Duke Of Earl" will become the first million selling single for Chicago-based independent label Vee-Jay Records. When Chandler performs the song live, he will often appear dressed in a black waist coat and tails with topped off with a matching black cape and top hat. The song will be covered numerous times over the years and will be sampled as the basis of Cypress Hill's "Hand On The Pump" in 1991. "Duke Of Earl" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: February 17, 1966 - The Beach Boys will begin recording the single "Good Vibrations" at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, inspiration for the song will have its origins in a conversation that Brian Wilson has with his mother Audree as a child, who will tell him that dogs will bark at some people and not at others because of the "vibrations" they sense coming from them. the initial recording session will have Wilson working with members of The Wrecking Crew cutting 26 takes of the instrumental track. Seventeen more sessions at three other recording studios will take place over the next six months as the song is refined. The end product will be generate over 90 hours of tape and cost an unprecedented $50,000. At the time of its October 1966 release, it will be the most expensive single ever recorded. First issued as a stand alone single, it is intended to be the cornerstone of the album Smile, which is originally scheduled for release in early 1967. However, Wilson's fragile emotional state, exacerbated by drug use and inner band conflict over the direction of the project will lead to the album being shelved until 2011. The Smile Sessions box set will include an alternate stereo mix of "Good Vibrations."
 

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Music History Monday: February 10

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 10, 2014 10:47am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: February 10, 1937 - Legendary singer, songwriter, and musician Roberta Flack (born in Black Mountain, NC). Happy 77th Birthday, Roberta!
 


On this day in music history: February 10, 1956 - "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard is recorded. Written by Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Enortis Johnson, and Richard Penniman, it is the first R&B chart-topper for the singer and musician from Macon, GA. Recorded at the J&M Studio in New Orleans, it is issued as Richard's second single on Specialty Records (b/w "Slippin' And Slidin'"), and will become his first R&B number one and first top ten pop hit peaking at #6. It will out-chart a competing version by Pat Boone, which will peak at #12. Richard's breakneck vocal phrasing is designed specifically to make it difficult for Boone to sing after he covers "Tutti Frutti" and scores a bigger pop hit with it. "Long Tall Sally" will become a rock & roll standard and among the most covered of Little Richard's songs.
 

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Music History Monday: February 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 3, 2014 10:28am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: February 3, 1935 - R&B/blues singer and guitarist Johnny "Guitar" Watson (born John Watson, Jr. in Houston, TX). Happy Birthday to Johnny on what would have been his 79th Birthday.
 

Born on this day: February 3, 1943 - Former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards (born in Birmingham, AL). Happy 71st Birthday, Dennis!
 


On this day in music history: February 3, 1959 - Musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) and pilot Roger Petersen are killed when their chartered plane crashes fifteen miles northwest of Mason City, IA. They had been in route to Fargo, ND. Holly initially charters the plane for himself and his band members after traveling on a tour bus that constantly breaks down and whose heating system rarely works. Richardson and Valens (the latter of the two wins his seat on the plane via a coin toss with Holly's guitarist Tommy Allsup) join him. An investigation by the CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) determines the cause of the crash to be pilot error and inclement weather. Petersen who is not qualified to fly an aircraft with navigational instruments, will misread the plane's gyroscope, believing that the plane is gaining altitude, when it was in fact going in the opposite direction. The single engine Beechcraft Bonanza will crash on the property of farmer Albert Juhl, where the bodies of all four passengers and the wreckage will be discovered nearly ten hours after the accident. The tragic event will be known as "The Day the Music Died."
 

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Music History Monday: January 27

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 27, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 27, 1962 - "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" by Joey Dee & The Starliters hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, it is the biggest hit for the Passaic, New Jersey-based dance band fronted by singer Joseph DiNicola (aka "Joey Dee"). The band will become the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City in 1961, having previously played only weddings and private parties in and around their home state of New Jersey. When celebrities and socialites begin frequenting the club and with the huge amount of publicity it brings, it will lead to The Starlighters being courted by several record labels, finally being signed to Roulette Records. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on November 20, 1961, it will climb to the top of the charts nine weeks later, bumping Chubby Checker's "The Twist" from the top spot after its unprecedented second rise to number one. "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: January 27, 1969 - The Beatles will record the master take of "Get Back" at Apple Studios in London. Written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon - McCartney), the song is born out an informal jam when the band are still rehearsing at Twickenham Studios on January 7, 1969. The song's chorus will be inspired in part by the song "Sour Milk Sea," penned by George Harrison for singer Jackie Lomax, in which part of its lyric is "get back to the place you should be." McCartney, having played bass on the Lomax recording several months earlier, will hear this line and change it to "get back to where you once belonged," incorporating it into his song. When the sessions move to Apple (the band's offices and recording studio in the Mayfair district), they are joined by keyboardist Billy Preston (at the invitation of George Harrison). It is there that the band will make their first attempt to record the song properly on January 23, 1969. The released master will be recorded in 14 takes also adding the false ending and reprise that distinguish it from the version that appears on the Let It Be album, recorded on the roof of Apple on January 30, 1969.
 

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Music History Monday: January 20

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 20, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 20, 1964Meet The Beatles!, the second US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February 11 - October 23, 1963. Just after release of "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Capitol Records will quickly leap into action, rushing out the band's second US full-length LP, just ten days after Vee Jay Records releases Introducing... The Beatles. The twelve-track album consists nine songs from the band's second UK LP With The Beatles with "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Devil in Her Heart," "Money (That's What I Want)," "Please Mister Postman," and "Roll Over Beethoven" removed and replaced with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (#1 Pop), "I Saw Her Standing There" (#14 Pop), and "This Boy." The versions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" featured on the stereo pressing of the album will be presented in re-channeled "Duophonic" stereo, since no true stereo mixes had been made for either song. Both had been released as a stand alone single in the UK in mono only. The stereo mix of "I Saw Her Standing There" featured on the album differs from the one included on the Vee Jay Introducing...and the UK Please Please Me album. Capitol will also use the same cover photo (taken by photographer Robert Freeman), used for the With The Beatles album cover. Original mono and stereo copies of the album will be distinguished by the graphics on the front cover. Mono pressings (T-2047) will feature the band's name printed in tan or brown ink, with the stereo copies (ST-2047) featuring the "Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo" banner on the top, with the band's name also printed in tan or brown ink, with later copies using olive green ink. In spite of being a consistent seller over the years, Meet The Beatles will be deleted by Capitol (along with their other US compiled LP's) in 1987, when the band's original UK albums are issued in their place. The album will make its CD debut in November of 2004, when it is released as part of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the US, it will be reissued again as of the thirteen disc CD box set The U.S. Albums on January 21, 2014Meet The Beatles will spend 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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