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Music History Monday: September 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 15, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 15, 1962 - "Sherry" by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for one week on October 6th. Written by Bob Gaudio, it is the first chart-topping single for the Newark, New Jersey-based vocal quartet. Originally written as "Jackie Baby" in honor of then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the title will be changed several more times before it is recorded. Gaudio will write the song in just 15 minutes on the way to a band rehearsal. The Four Seasons were first known as The Four Lovers, recording an album and several singles for RCA Victor, and scoring their first chart record with "You're The Apple Of My Eye" (#62 Pop) on Epic Records in 1956. The group will go through numerous line up changes before 1961 when they change their name to The Four Seasons. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on August 25, 1962, the single will quickly rocket to the top just three weeks later. "Sherry" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: September 15, 1965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, the third album by Otis Redding, is released. Produced by Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and David Porter, it is recorded at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis from April 19 - July 10, 1965. It features covers of three songs by Redding's idol Sam Cooke, as well as originals "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (#2 R&B, #21 Pop) and "Respect" (#4 R&B, #35 Pop). The album will also become a big hit in the UK both through word of mouth and a now-legendary tour that features Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG's. In time it will be acclaimed as a landmark R&B album, and one that will help to define the "Memphis Soul" sound. In 2008, Rhino Records will release a remastered version of the album featuring both the stereo and mono mixes along with non-LP B-sides, alternate takes, and tracks from his live albums In Person At The Whisky A Go Go and Live In Europe. Otis Blue will spend one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart on October 30, 1965, peaking at number 75 on the Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: September 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 8, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 8, 1970Third Album by The Jackson 5 is released. Produced by The Corporation and Hal Davis, it is recorded at The Sound Factory and Motown Recording Studio in Hollywood from April - September 1970. The group's third full-length album in just nine months, it contains original songs written by Motown staff writers as well as cover versions of hits by Simon & Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Troubled Water"), Shades Of Blue ("Oh How Happy"), and The Delfonics ("Ready Or Not (Here I Come)"). It will spin off two hit singles including their biggest hit "I'll Be There" (#1 Pop for five weeks and R&B for six weeks) and "Mama's Pearl" (#2 Pop & R&B), though the album version of "Mama" will feature alternate vocals from the hit single version (issued in January of 1971). It will become the group's second biggest selling album in the US, moving an estimated 4.6 million copies. Third Album will spend ten weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200.
 


On this day in music history: September 8, 1972All The Young Dudes, the fifth album by Mott The Hoople, is released. Produced by David Bowie, it is recorded at Olympic Studios and Trident Studios in London from May - July 1972. The band's fifth release marks a major turning point in their career. The struggling band will be on the verge of breaking up, when Bowie steps in and offers to produce them. Initially, he will offer them the song "Sufferagette City," which they will turn down. When he plays them "All The Young Dudes," they will enthusiastically accept it. It will spin off two singles including "One Of The Boys" (#96 Pop) and the title track (#37 Pop, #3 UK Pop), which will become an anthem. The album will be regarded as a classic of the Glam Rock movement of the early to mid '70s. "Dudes" will become the band's signature song, and is covered by numerous artists including Aerosmith, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. Mott The Hoople's original recording will be featured in the films Clueless and Juno. Later there will be some speculation as to what record label owns the rights to the recording. Mott The Hoople had recorded for Island Records prior to signing with Columbia Records. The band may or may or may not have recorded either part or all of the album before changing labels. To this day, it is a matter that none of the band members are willing to discuss. All The Young Dudes will peak at number 89 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: September 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 1, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 1, 1944 - R&B vocal legend Archie Bell (born Archie Lee Bell in Henderson, TX). Happy 70th Birthday, Archie!
 

 

Born on this day: September 1, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Barry Gibb (born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb in Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Barry!
 


On this day in music history: September 1, 1887 - German American inventor Emile Berliner files for a patent with the US Patent Office for the Gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch. Berliner's invention will use flat discs rather than wax cylinders used by Edison's machine. One of the other major issues Edison's phonograph is consistent playback speed. While Berliner is developing the gramophone, he will enlist the help of engineer Eldridge Johnson who will design a low cost, clock-work spring-wound motor that spins the disc at a consistent speed. With a group of investors backing them, Berliner will start the Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895. By 1901, Berliner and Johnson will establish the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor), marking the beginning of the modern music industry.
 

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Music History Monday: August 25

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 25, 2014 12:03am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: August 25, 1949 - Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz in Tirat Carmel, Haifa, Israel), bassist and vocalist of KISS. Happy 65th Birthday, Gene!
 



Born on this day: August 25, 1954 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus in Paddington, London, UK). Happy 60th Birthday, Elvis!


Remembering singer and actress Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, NY), January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001.
 


On this day in music history: August 25, 1975 - Born To Run, the third album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau, it is recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY and The Record Plant in New York City from January 1974 - July 1975. After the poor initial sales of his first two albums, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle, the critical third album will be Springsteen's last shot to prove his commercial viability or be dropped by his label Columbia Records. Springsteen and his band will spend over 14 months in the studio laboring over the album until he feels it is perfect. Even upon completion of the album, Springsteen will still be unsure and nervous about its chances in the commercial marketplace. His doubts will be quelled after he leaks an early version of the title track to rock radio. The positive response it receives will stoke demand for the album among the musician's loyal fanbase and will finally attract the attention of radio. Upon its release, Born To Run will be a commercial and artistic triumph for the New Jersey-born rocker, spinning off two singles including the title track (#23 Pop), with several other songs on the the album ("Thunder Road," Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Backstreets," "She's The One") becoming rock radio staples and highlights of Springsteen's epic live concert performances. The album's iconic cover photo (taken by photographer Eric Meola), features Bruce holding his trademark '53 Fender Esquire while leaning on saxophonist Clarence Clemons shoulder. The picture is taken during a three hour long photo shoot and is selected out of 900 frames shot by the photographer. The cover will become most of the most imitated and parodied images in rock history. In 2005, the album will be reissued as a three disc box set to commemorate its 30th anniversary. It will include a remastered version of the original album and two DVDs. The first being an extensive documentary about the making of the landmark album titled "Wings For Wheels," which will win a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 2007. The third disc is a complete and previously unreleased live concert filmed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in November of 1975 and additional footage from a show filmed at Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in May of 1973. Born To Run will peak at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: August 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 18, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 18, 1956 - "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 11 weeks. It is third chart-topping single for Presley. Penned by songwriter Otis Blackwell ("Great Balls Of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender"), the track is recorded at RCA Studios in New York on July 2, 1956, with the master version being the 28th take. The single is released 11 days later on July 13th and is an immediate smash. Technically the B-side of the single, it will be listed along with "Hound Dog" beginning the week of August 11,1956 when it reaches #2, then topping the chart the following week. The double A-sided single's run at the top of the charts is unprecedented in the era. The record will remain unbroken until 1992 when "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men holds the number one spot for 13 weeks. "Don't Be Cruel" is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.
 


On this day in music history: August 18, 1978Who Are You, the eighth studio album by The Who is released. Produced by The Who, Jon Astley, and Glyn Johns, it is recorded at Rampart Studios in Battersea, London; Olympic Studios and RAK Studios in St. John's Wood, London; and Pete Townshend's home studio in Going-on-Thames, London from October 1977 - April 1978. Issued three years after their last studio album The Who By Numbers, it will be the final album to feature original drummer Keith Moon, who will die of an accidental drug overdose just three weeks after its release. It will spin off two singles including "Trick Of The Light" and the title track (#14 Pop). In 1996, the album will be remixed and remastered (by Jon Astley), with the reissue containing five bonus tracks. Who Are You will peak at number two on the Billboard Top 200, number six on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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