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Music History Monday: June 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 11, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: June 11, 1966 - "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood on March 6th - 9th, 1966, the song is originally intended as a "comedy track" parodying the bands' first manager Eric Easton whose former job was working as a theater organist. The song will take on a completely different tone when drummer Charlie Watts changes the basic rhythm and guitarist Brian Jones adds a sitar, giving it its signature sound. Bassist Bill Wyman will also play the bass pedals of an organ with his fists on the track. Released as a stand alone single in the UK, the song will be included on the US release of Aftermath (released on June 20th).


On this day in music history: June 11, 1977 - "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & The Sunshine Band hits # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at number three on the R&B singles chart on June 4th. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, it is the third single from the bands' fourth studio album Part 3. Casey and Finch will write the song as a tribute to a Miami radio DJ named Robert W. Walker who was instrumental in helping break the bands' first chart topping single "Get Down Tonight." On the LP, "Boogie" is paired together with "Keep It Comin' Love" (issued as the fourth and final single), with the two songs edited so that they segue into each and play as one long continuous song. "I'm Your Boogie Man" will also be covered by White Zombie in 1996 for the soundtrack to The Crow - City Of Angels. The original version is featured in the film Scary Movie and its sequels, the comedy Superbad, as well as the action adventure film Watchmen. "Boogie" will be the fourth of KC & The Sunshine Band's five #1 pop singles in the US.

The Second Weekend in August, 1969 ... Part One

Posted by Whitmore, August 10, 2009 11:38am | Post a Comment
I wonder if anything significant about this past weekend will be remembered in 40 years time, other then Sonia Sotomayor being sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and maybe Tiger Woods’ unbelievable play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. This weekend back in 1969 is definitely remembered for a variety of odd and groovy and trivial and horrifying reasons.
zager and evans 
In the summer of 1969 I was living carefree at 4200 Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles near Griffith Park, with my parents, grandmother, two sisters, and of course our Siamese cat Pandora and a Great Dane named Dijo who would eventually, later in the year, attack me without provocation. She was a nutty and twisted beast. And typical of August in LA, it was annoyingly hot and smoggy. If you didn’t live here back then you just don’t know smog-- lung scorching air under a sky colored golden toasty brown to the apex. Now that’s pollution! This was also the first summer I really started noticing music. I culled some change from my mom’s purse to buy my first single, which also happened to be #1 on the Billboard charts this weekend in 1969, and would be for six consecutive weeks -- "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans. In the UK the #1 song was "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones, which has noticeably survived the tastes of time better then “2525.” The #1 album in the US was the self-titled second album by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Earlier in the year in March it was briefly at the top of the charts, but with three successive Top 5 singles, it returned once again to the number one position. In 1970 it would win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  
 
Also this weekend 40 years ago, the Beatles posed for one of their most iconic images-- the Abbey Road album cover shot of the George, Paul, Ringo and John at the zebra crossing on Abbey Road. They were mostly done working on their newest album and, having applied the last overdubs that morning to the longest track, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," photographer Iain Macmillan was given ten minutes to get the cover photo done. At 11:35 am on Friday, August 8, 1969, the image was shot. Of course, when the album was released in September, the cover art only fueled the rumors and speculation that Paul McCartney had indeed died in a car crash in 1966 and all the symbolic references only confirmed the sad fact.