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Music History Monday: September 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 3, 2012 02:11pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: September 3, 1966 - "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Donovan Leitch, it is the biggest US chart single for the Scottish-born singer/songwriter. The songs' UK release will be delayed by several months due to a contractual dispute with Pye Records. It also features future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones providing instrumental support. The record marks a major turning point in Donovan's career, which will see him moving away from his earlier folk oriented material that led the young singer/songwriter to be compared to Bob Dylan by the British press. The two will actually meet in 1965 during Dylan's now-legendary tour of the UK captured in the documentary film Don't Look Back and become friends.


On this day in music history: September 3, 1966 - "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks, also topping the Hot 100 on September 10th for two weeks. Written by Brian Holland, Eddie Holland, and Lamont Dozier, it is the Detroit-based girl groups' second R&B chart topper and their seventh to reach #1 on the pop charts in just over two years. Following a period when three of the groups' singles either fail to reach number one or miss the top ten (after having six chart topping singles, so far), Motown founder Berry Gordy issues an edict that they will not release anything but #1 hits on their most successful act. The Supremes' writing and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland immediately set about making that happen. HDH will take inspiration from one of their earlier Supremes hits when they begin writing. Initially they begin by playing around with the chord sequence from "Come See About Me," but it eventually evolves into something completely different. The basic track for "You Can't Hurry Love" is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit on June 11, 1966 with The Funk Brothers providing musical support. The Supremes will record their vocals on July 5th. Released on July 25th, it will quickly race up the pop and R&B charts, beginning the groups second consecutive streak of number one hits where their next four releases will all hit #1 on the Hot 100, three of them also topping the R&B singles chart.