Music History Monday: October 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 29, 2012 11:06am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday


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Remembering legendary guitarist Duane Allman (born Howard Duane Allman in Nashville, TN) - November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971.

Born on this day: October 29, 1944 - Singer/songwriter and guitarist Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Denny!!

On this day in music history: October 29, 1902 - The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, a jubilee vocal group from Dinwiddie County, VA will become the first African American group to record for a major record label. The group will record six sides (including "Down On The Old Camp Ground," "Steal Away," and "Gabriel's Trumpet") for the Victor Talking Machine Company in their studio in Camden, NJ. The group will form in 1898 as the Old South Quartet before changing their name. The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet will disband in 1904. Though the group are not the first African American vocalists to be commercially recorded (The Unique Quartette will record several wax cylinders for the New York Phonograph Company in December 1890), they will make their mark in history with their recordings among the earliest surviving documents of black musicians on record.

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Music Videos of Ten Gay Club/Dance Classics

Posted by Billyjam, June 30, 2012 10:29pm | Post a Comment

As this year's LGBT Pride Month comes to a close here is one last installment in the series of Amoeblog specials celebrating the occasion It is ten music videos of gay disco/dancefloor favorites culled mostly from the 70's & 80's / disco/new wave eras (some 90's too) - and compiled from various lists and playlists drawn up by music fans and DJs.

Naturally it only scratches the surface and doesn't include a ton of great songs/videos. So feel free to post in comments any ones you think that should be added. But it does have some classic gay dancefloor staples in there including such ever popular ones such as the Village People's "In The Navy" and the Pet Shop Boys' later decade single/video cover of the Village People's "Go West."

Also included is Diana Ross' 1980 hit single "I'm Coming Out" which song producer Nile Rodgers reportedly got the idea for the track after noticing at some discos drag queens dressing like Ross. Of course the song, which was a disco and mainstream radio hit, was perceived on different levels by different people. For Ross herself it was her signature concert entrance opening theme as in the video below from her 1981 Great Western LA Forum show (note the clip also includes her doing "The Boss").

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