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Music History Monday: July 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 13, 2015 10:33am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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On this day in music history: July 13, 1985 - The Live Aid concert is broadcast live via satellite worldwide. Organized by Bob Geldof, the two concerts held at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia will consist of over 50 acts performing to over 172,000 fans and a TV viewing audience of 1.9 billion people. The event will raise over $300 million for Ethiopian famine relief at the time of the original broadcast. An abridged edition of the historic concerts, featuring ten of the 16 hours worth of performances originally broadcast, will be released as a four-disc DVD box set in November of 2004, eight months shy of the event's 20th anniversary. The entire concert is not released due to video tapes of certain performances having gone missing over the years, with ABC (one the original US broadcast carriers) having erased their broadcast tapes of the event (at Bob Geldof's request). However MTV did preserve their tapes as well as the BBC (though some performances were also lost). Other performers such as Led Zeppelin and Santana will ask to have their performances omitted, feeling they are subpar. In lieu of their performances appearing on the box set, they will donate money to the Band Aid Trust instead.
 

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Music History Monday: July 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 6, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 - John Lennon will meet Paul McCartney for the first time at the Woolton Village Fete in Liverpool. They will be introduced to each other by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn. The then 16-year-old Lennon is there with his skiffle band The Quarrymen, who are performing on a flatbed truck in the church garden. McCartney (15 at the time) will attend the fete at the invitation of Vaughn. Following the band’s performance, Lennon and McCartney meet. During this meeting, McCartney will sing and play the Eddie Cochran song “Twenty Flight Rock” (along with several other songs). He’ll also show Lennon how to properly tune a guitar. Impressed with McCartney's musical skill, Lennon will ask him to join The Quarrymen a short time later and he will accept. The first meeting between two teenagers will mark the beginning of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships and the genesis of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history.

 
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On this day in music history: July 6, 1964 - The Beatles first film, A Hard Day's Night, will have its world premiere at the Pavilion Theatre in London. With thousands of fans jamming Picadilly Circus in London, the premiere will be attended by the band, and members of the royal family including Princesss Maragret and her husband Lord Snowden. Filmed for a modest budget of $500,000, the 90-minute-long black & white film (originally released through United Artists) also stars Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, and Anna Quayle, and is a fictionalized "day in the life" account of The Beatles' lives. Written by screenwriter Alun Owen, produced by Walter Shenson, and directed by Richard Lester, the film will break new ground visually for its innovative camera techniques, jump cut editing style, and use of music throughout. Upon its release, it will be rapturously received by Beatles fans and critics alike, breaking box office records at the time. In June of 2014, the film will receive its first release in high definition when it is released on Blu-Ray disc by The Criterion Collection with it being fully restored from the original camera negative and fine grain interpositives. A Hard Day's Night will go on to become one of the most influential rock films of all time.

Music History Monday: June 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 29, 2015 10:17am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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Born on this day: June 29, 1953 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Colin Hay (born Colin James Hay in Kilwinning, Scotland) of Men At Work. Happy 62nd Birthday, Colin!
 


On this day in music history: June 29, 1968A Saucerful Of Secrets, the second studio album by Pink Floyd, is released. Produced by Norman Smith, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in August and October of 1967, and January - April of 1968. The bands' follow-up to their debut, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is recorded sporadically over a period of eight months, largely because of Syd Barrett's increasing mental instability due to his excessive consumption of psychedelic drugs. Guitarist David Gilmour is brought in to take Barrett's place, becoming a permanent member of the band in March of 1968. The album features songs such as "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and the title track, both of which will become staples of their live performances. The enigmatic cover art for the album is designed by Hipgnosis, making Pink Floyd the first EMI act (besides The Beatles) to have their album covers designed by someone other than EMI's art department). It is the beginning of a four-decade-long association with the graphic design company. A Saucerful Of Secrets will peak at number nine on the UK album chart and will not chart on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: June 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 22, 2015 09:36am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 22, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Todd Rundgren (born Todd Harry Rundgren in Upper Darby, PA). Happy 67th Birthday, Todd!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1947 - Turtles lead singer and one half the great background vocal duo Flo & Eddie, Howard Kaylan (born Howard Kaplan in New York, NY). Happy 68th Birthday, Howard!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1953 - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper (born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper in Woodhaven, Queens, NY). Happy 62nd Birthday, Cyndi!
 


On this day in music history: June 22, 1968 - "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it is the first chart-topping single for the co-founder of A&M Records. In early 1968, musician Herb Alpert will receive an offer from CBS to host his own network television special titled The Beat Of The Brass. Looking new material to perform on the program, Alpert will contact his friend, songwriter Burt Bacharach, and ask him if he has any old songs that haven't been recorded. Bacharach will find the lyrics and music to a song he and his lyricist partner Hal David wrote titled "This Guy's In Love With You." Alpert loves it and records it immediately. When The Beat Of The Brass special airs on CBS on April 22, 1968, the song will be featured in a segment where Alpert sings the song to his then wife Sharon on the beach in Malibu, CA. The day after the special airs, the CBS switchboard is flooded with thousands of calls from viewers asking where they can buy the record. A&M Records will rush release the single the following day. Entering The Hot 100 at #72 on May 18, 1968, it then streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. The record is the first number one pop single for both A&M Records as a label, and for songwriters Bacharach and David, becoming one of their most performed and recorded songs. The success of "This Guy's In Love With You" will send the accompanying album The Beat Of The Brass to number one on the Billboard Top 200, becoming Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' fifth and final chart-topping album. "This Guy's In Love With You" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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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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