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Music History Monday: June 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 15, 2015 09:05am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 15, 1941 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Harry Nilsson (born Harry Edward Nilsson III in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this brilliant and visionary artist on what would have been his 74th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: June 15, 1969 - Rapper and actor Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 46th Birthday, Cube!
 


On this day in music history: June 15, 1966Gettin' Ready, the fourth studio album by The Temptations, is released. Produced by Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, Robert Staunton, and Robert Walker, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1965 - mid 1966. The album will mark a major turning point in the career of the superstar Motown group as producer Norman Whitfield takes over duties as The Tempts main producer from Smokey Robinson. Berry Gordy will challenge Robinson and Whitfield to see who can score a bigger hit on the pop charts for the group. Robinson will respond with the song "Get Ready," which will top the R&B charts but falls short on the pop chart, peaking at #29. Whitfield will get his shot with "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." It will also hit #1 on the R&B chart and peak at #13 on the pop chart, leading him to being the group's producer almost exclusively for the next seven years. The album will also include the first recording of the song "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," which will become a big hit for Marvin Gaye three years later. Gettin' Ready will spend six weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and peak at number 12 on the Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: June 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 23, 2014 07:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 23, 1965 - "The Tracks Of My Tears" by The Miracles is released. Written by Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, and Marvin Tarplin, it is the 21st single released by the Detroit vocal group led by singer, songwriter, and producer Robinson. The song will be developed around the song's distinctive opening guitar line created by guitarist Tarplin, taking inspiration from the Harry Belafonte calypso number "The Banana Boat Song." The track is recorded at Motown Studio A on January 20, 1965 with members of The Funk Brothers providing musical support. "The Tracks Of My Tears" will be later included on the group's album "Going To A Go Go" (#1 R&B, #8 Pop) in November of 1965. It will go on to be one of the most covered and recognized songs in the Motown catalog. Over the years it has also been featured in numerous films including Platoon and The Big Chill. The single will peak at #2 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #16 on the Hot 100. "The Tracks Of My Tears" is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2007.
 

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Music History Monday: November 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 18, 2013 11:35am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 18, 1972 - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on December 9, 1972. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is the first major hit for the Philadelphia vocal quintet. Lead singer Teddy Pendergrass will initially join The Blue Notes as their drummer, but will move front and center when Harold Melvin discovers that he can sing. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes will be among the first acts signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records in 1971. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" is originally written for the Chicago-based R&B group The Dells, but will not recording it when they can't reach a deal with their record label. Instead, it is given to The Blue Notes and is released as their second single, becoming an immediate smash on both pop and R&B radio. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: November 18, 1974The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, the sixth album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and John Burns, it is recorded at Island Mobile Studios in Wales, UK from August - October 1974. The 23-track double LP is a concept album centering around the character Rael and his surreal odyssey while searching for his brother John. The majority of the songs are written by the band with the exception of Peter Gabriel who is largely absent from the writing and rehearsal sessions due to his wife experiencing major complications while having their first child. When Gabriel returns, he'll insist on writing and in some cases re-writing lyrics to certain songs, which will create friction between band members during the recording sessions. It will become their most successful release to date in the US and is regarded as one of the best progressive rock albums of all time. It will also be the final album to feature original lead vocalist Peter Gabriel, who will leave the band following the subsequent tour in support of the record. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway will peak at #10 on the UK album chart, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. Check out the 7" single!
 

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The '80s List: Part 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2011 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Wipers One day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Heather Long

Pixies Doolittle (1989)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
PretendersPretenders (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast (1982)
Adam And The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)

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The 80s List: Part 6

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2011 07:41am | Post a Comment
Kate BushOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Melody Hirose
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (1981)
Adam AntFriend Or Foe (1982)
GrauzoneGrauzone (1981)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
Judy NylonPal Judy (1982)
Psychic TVPagan Day (1984)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
Fad GadgetFireside Favourites (1980)
ESG – Come Away With ESG (1983)

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