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Music History Monday: June 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 8, 2015 10:19am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 8, 1940 - Singer and actress Nancy Sinatra (born Nancy Sandra Sinatra in Jersey City, NJ). Happy 75th Birthday, Nancy!
 


On this day in music history: June 8, 1968 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on May 25, 1968. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it is the third R&B chart-topper for Marvin Gaye and the first for Tammi Terrell. The song will be the first chart hit produced by the husband and wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. Hired by Motown as staff songwriters the previous year, they have to lobby for the right to produce their own compositions, as Johnny Bristol had produced the first Gaye and Terrell album United. The basic track will be recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit on July 22, 1967 with The Funk Brothers, and further sessions for the vocals and strings taking place on August 8September 29, and October 5 and 6 of 1967. Both Ashford & Simpson and Bristol will produce versions of "Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing," but Nick and Valerie's version will be the one that is unanimously chosen in Motown's Quality Control meeting when it is up for release consideration. Issued as the first single from the their second album, You're All I Need, on March 28, 1968, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" is the first of two chart-topping singles taken from the set, selling over a million copies in the US.
 

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Music History Monday: May 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 18, 2015 07:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 18, 1959 - "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for seven weeks on May 11, 1959. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the biggest hit for the Charlotte, NC-born R&B singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally titled "K.C. Lovin,'" the song is first recorded by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952. Harrison will perform the song as part of his live act for several years before recording it himself in March of 1959. Re-arranging the song to a shuffle tempo and adding the refrain "They got some crazy little women there, and I'm gonna get me one" to the chorus make it an instant classic. Issued on Bobby Robinson's Fury Records (he would later be the founder of seminal Hip Hop label Enjoy Records) in early April of 1959, the record will be an immediate hit on both the pop and R&B charts upon its release. Entering the Hot 100 at #100 on April 13, 1959, it will quickly streak to the top of the chart five weeks later, making it the first single in Billboard chart history to enter at the bottom of the chart and go all the way to number one. "Kansas City" will be covered by numerous artists over the years including The Beatles, Muddy Waters, and James Brown. Wilbert Harrison's version of "Kansas City" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2001.
 

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Outside Lands Is Sold Out, But You Can Still See The Night Shows!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
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Outside Lands -- the music, food, and art festival that descends on San Francisco's Golden Gate Park every August -- starts tomorrow (Friday, August 8th). With blockbusting headliners like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The outside lands night showsKillers, and Kanye West, it's no surprise that the festival is SOLD OUT. If you missed your chance to bask in the summer chill with thousands of your soon-to-be best friends, do not despair! You can still get tickets to most of the Outside Lands Night Shows!

The Outside Lands Night Shows start tonight with four events around the Bay, including Mikal Cronin & Bear Hands at The Independent (tix) and Glen Hansard & Sean Hayes at the Fox in Oakland (tix). On Friday, catch Soul Rebels at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (tix). For Saturday, you can still nab tickets to see Gold Panda at Mezzanine (tix) or Woods at Brick & Mortar (tix). Keep the party going through Sunday night with Deer Tick & The Districts at Rickshaw Stop (tix) or Superjam with members of Kool & The Gang at The Independent (tix). Happy concert-going!

Music History Monday: January 14

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 14, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 14, 1977Low, the eleventh studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville in Herouville, France in Late 1976. It is the first of Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy," the first of his songwriting and musical collaborations with Brian Eno, though the album is recorded in France and mixed at Hansa Studios in Berlin. Bowie will move to Berlin to get away from Los Angeles where his previous album Station To Station was recorded. Many of the songs are about personal issues Bowie is dealing with, including kicking his addiction to cocaine. It will spin off the single "Sound And Vision" (#3 UK, #69 US Pop), and will come to be regarded as one of his best and most influential works. Low will peak at #2 on the UK album chart and #11 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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To Be a Star in Hollywood All You Need is a Sharpie

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2010 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
To be a star in Hollywood all you really need is a Sharpie pen. And since fame and stardom don't always come a-knockin' on your door, sometimes you just gotta go out there and make it happen yourself -- take control of your own destiny, or stardom, so to speak. This you can do armed with a Sharpie, plus a willingness to commit a minor crime, followed by a quick walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame until you stumble upon one of the blank stars on the sidewalks of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street.

There, spread over a combined 18 blocks, sit approximately two and a half thousand five-pointed terrazzo & brass stars brightly embedded in the Hollywood sidewalk, spaced at every six feet. Many of these stars are blank waiting to be officially filled in with the name of some accomplished entertainment Sharpiefigure, typically a movie, TV, or music person. Sometimes these blank stars get unofficially filled in. That is exactly what "Boris P" with his "M" in a circle symbol recently did on Vine in the block just below Hollywood Blvd, where he got busy with his Sharpie pen -- instantly bypassing the typical hard uphill slog to stardom. And with an estimated ten million visitors annually coming to LA specifically to see The Walk, according to a report by NPO/Plog Research, odds are that "Boris P" is a hell of a lot more well known now than he was before he bought that 99 cent Sharpie.

Administrated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the Hollywood Historic Trust, The Hollywood Walk of Fame very recently celebrated its 50th anniversary which I missed by a few days. Held on Sunday, July 25th, the occasion was celebrated with a day-long festival with tours of iconic Hollywood theaters and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and various other activities including the induction of the late great Louis Prima onto The Walk. I passed his shiny new star -- not too far from Boris P's star.

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