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Music History Monday: February 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 16, 2015 07:30am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: February 16, 1935 - Singer, songwriter, and producer Sonny Bono (born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, MI). Happy Birthday to Sonny on what would have been his 80th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: February 16, 1952 - Singer, songwriter and musician James Ingram (born James Edward Ingram in Akron, OH). Happy 63rd Birthday, James!
 

Born on this day: February 16, 1958 - Rapper and actor Ice-T (born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, NJ). Happy 56th Birthday, Ice!
 


On this day in music history: February 16, 1980 - "The Second Time Around" by Shalamar hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on March 22, 1980. Written by Leon Sylvers III and William Shelby, it's the biggest hit single for the Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio. Co-writer and producer Sylvers will write the melody and bassline, while Shelby (a member of the band Lakeside) will write the chords in the verse section with both collaborating on the lyrics. The song will be the first to feature new lead singer Howard Hewett who  replaces previous lead vocalist Gerald Brown in the group. Released as the first single from the group's third album Big Fun, it will give the trio their most successful single in the US. The song's popularity will extend to the dance floor when it becomes a club smash by way of an extended mix that is released as a 12" single. This remixed version will also be added to revised copies of Big Fun, replacing the original single version featured on the first pressing, during the single's run on the charts. "The Second Time Around" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: July 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 1, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: July 1, 1945 - Singer and songwriter Debbie Harry of Blondie (born Deborah Ann Harry in Miami, FL). Happy 68th Birthday, Debbie!
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1951 - The B-52's lead singer and songwriter Fred Schneider (born Frederick William Schneider III in Newark, NJ). Happy 62nd Birthday, Fred!
 


Born on this day: July 1, 1960 - R&B vocal legend Evelyn "Champagne" King (born in the Bronx, NY). Happy 53rd Birthday, Evelyn! (See pictures from Evelyn's in-store at Amoeba SF!)
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1971 - Singer/rapper/songwriter and producer Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott in Portsmouth, VA). Happy 42nd Birthday, Missy!!
 

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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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Music History Monday: August 27

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 27, 2012 05:20pm | Post a Comment
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Remembering blues guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990.


On this day in music history: August 27, 1966
- "Blowin’ In The Wind" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on September 3rd. Written by Bob Dylan, Wonder records his cover version after receiving many requests from fans who have heard him perform the song in his live show. Stevie’s producer Clarence Paul will sing co-lead vocals on the track. The song originally appears on Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Uptight. “Blowin’ In The Wind” will be the then 16-year-old Motown stars’ third R&B chart topper and third top 10 pop single.


On this day in music history: August 27, 1967I Was Made To Love Her, the seventh album by Stevie Wonder is released. Produced by Henry Cosby and Clarence Paul, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1966 to mid 1967. Titled after his recent R&B chart topper and top five pop hit, the album features covers of Ray Charles' "A Fool For You" and James Brown's "Please, Please, Please," as well as several Motown standards such as "My Girl" and "Can I Get A Witness." I Was Made To Love Her will peak at #7 on the Billboard R&B album chart and #45 on the Top 200.

Music History Monday: June 25

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 25, 2012 04:05pm | Post a Comment
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Remembering "The King Of Pop" Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009).
Three years after you transcended, your joyous spirit and the incredible musical legacy has only grown stronger. It is apparent on the faces of anyone that has been touched by the sound of your voice or awestruck by the way you could dance. I will be eternally grateful for the way you've inspired me and so many others. Thank you, Michael. - JMH


Another Michael Jackson classic in tribute to the King of Pop. "It's Great To Be Here" was a track from The Jackson 5's fifth album, Maybe Tomorrow, released in April of 1971. In 2002, DJ Kenny Dope was given a copy of the original 8-track multi-track master to produce this excellent remix. No additional overdubs or instrumentation were added. This version was mixed from elements existing on the original master tape.


Born on this day: June 25, 1963 - Pop singer/songwriter/producer George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, North London, UK). Happy 49th birthday to this pop music legend!

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