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Music History Monday: April 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 13, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: April 13, 1940 - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Record Buying Guide (jukebox list existing prior to the Best Sellers chart) for 13 weeks. Written by Joe Garland, Glenn Miller, and Andy Razaf, the song is recorded on August 1, 1939 and is released on RCA Victor's Bluebird Records imprint. It will become not only one of the definitive records of the big band era, but one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century. It will be one of the most widely covered songs of the era with versions also recorded by Xavier Cugat, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, The Andrew Sisters, and Artie Shaw, to more contemporary artists including Bette Midler and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Glenn Miller's original recording of "In The Mood" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1983.
 

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Music History Monday: March 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 23, 2015 07:36am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 23, 1953 - R&B vocal icon and songwriter Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, IL). Happy 62nd Birthday, Chaka!
 


On this day in music history: March 23, 1963 - “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby & The Romantics hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Bill Hilliard and Mort Garson, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocal quintet fronted by lead singer Ruby Nash. Hilliard and Garson will submit their song to Kapp Records with the hopes of either Jack Jones or Julie London recording it. Label A&R man/producer Allen Stanton will choose Ruby & The Romantics, a R&B vocal group from Akron, OH to record it as their first release. Recorded in December of 1962, the track features legendary guitarists Kenny Burrell, Vinnie Bell (inventor of the Coral Electric Sitar), and Al Gorgoni (The Monkees, Carole King, The Four Seasons); bassist Russ Savaukus (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison); and drummer Gary Chester (The Shirelles, The Drifters, Dionne Warwick). Two versions of the song will be cut, one with a straight pop arrangement and one with a bossa nova arrangement. The latter is chosen for release and is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on February 9, 1963, it will streak to the top of the chart just six weeks later. "Our Day Will Come" will be covered a number of times after Ruby & The Romantics success with the song by the likes of Frankie Valli, Cher, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Nancy Wilson, The Supremes, Isaac Hayes, and Amy Winehouse.

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Music History Monday: October 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 6, 2014 08:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: October 6, 1969 - "Something" b/w "Come Together" by The Beatles is released (UK release date is on October 31, 1969). Written by George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, it is the 18th US chart-topper for the Fab Four. The lone single is issued from the band's recently released album Abbey Road. The ballad "Something" is written by George Harrison while the flipside "Come Together" is actually written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. By the time the single reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 29th, both sides will be listed at the top (w/ "Come Together" listed first) due to a change in chart policy. Billboard begins listing the A and B sides of a single receiving radio airplay and generating sales in the same chart position rather than separately. Initially, the two sides will debut on the chart separately with "Something" entering the Hot 100 at #20 and "Come Together" at #23 on October 18, 1969. "Come Together" will climb as high as #2 and "Something" at #3 before "Come Together" slips back to #7 and "Something" holds at #3. Billboard will then combine the airplay and sales chart information for both sides of the single, providing the momentum for both to ascend to number one. "Come Together/Something" is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: November 4

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 4, 2013 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 4, 1970The Man Who Sold The World, the third album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Trident Studios and Advision Studios in London from April 18 - May 22, 1970. Following his breakthrough success in the UK with the single and album Space Oddity in the Fall of 1969, David Bowie will return to the studio in the spring of 1970 to record the follow up. The album features musicians that form the nucleus of the Spiders From Mars Band, which include guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey, and also marks the birth of the glam rock movement. The title track will become one of Bowie's best known and loved songs. It will be influential on numerous musicians including The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.Cobain will record a cover version on their MTV Unplugged in New York album in 1993. The Man Who Sold The Earth's original cover photo featuring Bowie wearing a dress will not be issued in the US, and is replaced with a cartoon drawing. The album will peak at #26 on the UK album chart and #105 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: June 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 3, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 3, 1950 - Singer and songwriter Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, IN). Happy 63rd Birthday, Niecy!
 



Born on this day: June 3, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Curtis Mayfield (born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this R&B icon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. We love and miss you, Curtis!!

 


On this day in music history: June 3, 1972Obscured By Clouds, the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville, Herouville in Ile-de-France in February and March of 1972. The album features music (six tracks with vocals and four instrumentals) from the soundtrack of director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallee (The Valley). It is the band's second collaboration with the French film director, having composed the music for his 1969 film More. Pink Floyd will record Clouds just prior to the sessions for their next studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, at Abbey Road Studios in London beginning in June. Working under a tight schedule, the band will complete recording of their film score in just two weeks of studio time, following Schroeder's rough cut of the film to create specific music cues and interludes. The albums' enigmatic cover art (designed by regular graphic collaborators Hipgnosis) features a deeply out of focus photo of a man sitting in a tree. Obscured By Clouds will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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