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Music History Monday: March 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 30, 2015 07:05am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 30, 1945 - Rock guitar icon Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapton in Ripley, Surrey, UK). Happy 70th Birthday, Slowhand!
 


On this day in music history: March 30, 1963 - "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for four weeks on April 6, 1963. Written by Ronnie Mack, it is the debut single and biggest for the female R&B/Pop vocal quartet from New York City. Originally consisting of group members Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett, and Barbara Lee, The Chiffons are formed in 1960 while all are students at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. In 1962, the girls will meet songwriter Ronnie Mack who will become their manager and suggest that they add 14-year-old Sylvia Peterson to the group, making them a quartet. Mack will write "He's So Fine" for the group as their first single. While Mack tries to secure a record deal for The Chiffons, the song will attract the attention of music publisher Bright Tunes run by Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Jay Siegal, and Hank Medress, better known as The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). They love the song and offer to produce them, as they have a production deal for Capitol Records. Having already exhausted their production budget, The Tokens will take The Chiffons into a small demo studio to record "He's So Fine." After the track is completed, they will play it for Capitol Records president Voyle Gilmore, who will reject the song as being "too simple and too trite." The group will shop the song around and be rejected by more than a dozen record labels before it is picked up by Laurie Records in New York. Released in December of 1962, the song will initially get off to a slow start, but will eventually catch on. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on February 23, 1963, it will leap to the top of the chart five weeks later. Sadly, songwriter Ronnie Mack will not have long to enjoy his newly found success. Shortly after the song reaches number one, he will be diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease and succumb to the illness just a few months later at the age of 23. The Chiffons will score further hits with the Carole King and Gerry Goffin penned "One Fine Day" (#5 Pop, #6 R&B) and "Sweet Talkin' Guy" (#10 Pop). "He's So Fine" will later become the subject of a lawsuit between Bright Tunes Publishing and former Beatle George Harrison when the publisher accuses him of plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his number one single "My Sweet Lord." The lawsuit will drag on for years before it is finally settled. George Harrison's estate will purchase the publishing rights to "He's So Fine" and hold the copyright to this day. In a small bit of irony, The Chiffons will cover "My Sweet Lord" in the mid '70s, though it will not be a hit.
 

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2009 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Whitmore, September 26, 2008 03:40pm | Post a Comment



The 2009 nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced this week. Nine artists were chosen, though only five will be inducted in next year’s ceremonies.

 

The nominees are:

Jeff Beck
Chic
Wanda Jackson
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Metallica
Run-D.M.C.
the Stooges
War
Bobby Womack

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, most of whom are music industry executives and Hall of Fame members. The new inductees for the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony will be announced in January 2009. The ceremony will be held on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, the museum’s home, instead of at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York where 21 of the previous 23 events have taken place. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall, an artist must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Also, for the first time ever, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.

I’ve never quite figured out what the criteria is for being elected to the Rock Hall of Fame. Personally, I still can’t believe that the Zombies or T-Rex or Tom Waits or MC5 or the Beastie Boys or Quincy Jones aren’t in the hall. What the hell, I might as well add Dr. John, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt/Soft Machine, Tim Hardin, Brigitte Fontaine, John Fahey, Pentangle, Jimmy Ricks and the Ravens, Tommy James, Television, Nico, Gabor Szabo, Richard and Mimi Farina, einstuerzende neubauten, Young Marble Giants, Pearls Before Swine, Pere Ubu, Link Wray, James Blood Ulmer, Throbbing Gristle, Sandy Bull, Derek Bailey, Tiny Grimes, Can, Nina Simone, Exuma, Lenny Breau, Sonny Sharrock…

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