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Music History Monday: January 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 6, 2014 09:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 6, 1957 - Elvis Presley will make his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Due to the previous controversy generated by his movement on stage, Presley will only be shot from the waist up. The singer will perform "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Too Much," and "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)." The appearance is a huge success and will be seen by over sixty million people, generating the single largest viewing audience in television history at that time. Only two days after this show airs, Presley will receive notice from the Memphis draft board that he is to be drafted into the United States Army.
 


On this day in music history: January 6, 1958 - The Gibson Guitar Company registers its design for flying vthe Flying V guitar with the US Patent Office. The unique instrument is designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty with the intention of adding a futuristic aspect to the companies image. During their original manufacturing run, the guitar's body and neck are constructed from African Korina wood and mahogany with either ebony or rosewood fretboards. Guitarists such as Albert King and Lonnie Mack will adapt to them immediately and will become closely associated with both artists. However, initial sales will be slow and they will be discontinued in 1959. When guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Dave Davies of The Kinks begin playing them, it will renew interest in the Flying V and Gibson will reintroduce the guitar in 1967. The instrument will become a favorite of hard rock and heavy metal musicians during the 1970s and '80s. Original Flying V's made in 1958 and 1959 today are valued at between $200,000 and $250,000. To this day, the Flying V remains one of Gibson's most popular guitars.

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Music History Monday: November 4

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 4, 2013 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 4, 1970The Man Who Sold The World, the third album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Trident Studios and Advision Studios in London from April 18 - May 22, 1970. Following his breakthrough success in the UK with the single and album Space Oddity in the Fall of 1969, David Bowie will return to the studio in the spring of 1970 to record the follow up. The album features musicians that form the nucleus of the Spiders From Mars Band, which include guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey, and also marks the birth of the glam rock movement. The title track will become one of Bowie's best known and loved songs. It will be influential on numerous musicians including The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.Cobain will record a cover version on their MTV Unplugged in New York album in 1993. The Man Who Sold The Earth's original cover photo featuring Bowie wearing a dress will not be issued in the US, and is replaced with a cartoon drawing. The album will peak at #26 on the UK album chart and #105 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: October 14

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 14, 2013 11:02am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: October 14, 1967 - "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for seven weeks, also peaking at #2 for three weeks on the Hot 100 on November 4, 1967. Written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, it will be the biggest hit for the R&B vocal duo. Songwriter and producer Isaac Hayes will come up with the initial idea for the song while watching television coverage of the riots in Detroit in July of 1967 between the police and African American citizens. Hayes will notice that residents had marked homes and businesses with the word "soul" to signify that they were African American owned and therefore not destroyed by rioters. Collaborating with longtime songwriting partner David Porter, the two will write the lyrics together. The track is recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis and features instrumental backing by Booker T. & The MG's. With its message of overcoming personal struggles and rising above adverse conditions, the song will also become an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. "Soul Man" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: October 14, 1972 - "Ben" by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at #5 on the R&B singles chart. Written by Don Black and Walter Scharf, it is the first solo number one for the young Motown superstar. Written as the title song to the sequel of the 1971 film Willard, Walter Scharf (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory) will be hired to write a theme song for the film. Scharf will call lyricist Don Black ("To Sir With Love," "Born Free") and ask him to write the lyrics. When the song is completed, singer Donny Osmond will be asked to sing the song, but due to scheduling conflicts he is unavailable to record it. Black will suggest Michael Jackson, and Jackson (a lover of animals, also owning several pet rats at the time) will enthusiatically agree to record the song. Entering the Hot 100 at #85 on August 5, 1972,  it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. 14-years-old at the time, it will make Jackson the third youngest artist in history to reach #1 on the US singles chart. "Ben" will also be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
 

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Music History Monday: September 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 2, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 2, 1978 - George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias ingeorge harrison  olivia a civil ceremony at the Henley-On-Thames Register Office in South Oxfordshire, UK. It is the second marriage for the former Beatles guitarist, having been married previously to model and actress Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974. Harrison will meet Arias in 1974 while she is working as a secretary for his then label A&M Records. Shortly after, the two will become friends and begin dating. The couple will marry one month and a day after the birth of their only son Dhani (born on August 1, 1978). They will remain happily married for 23 years until Harrison's death in November of 2001.

On this day in music history: September 2, 1981 - "Controversy" by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the eighth single release for the Minneapolis-born musician. Issued as the first single and title track to his fourth album, the song is a bold statement from the normally reclusive and media shy artist. Normally very private about his personal life, the song's lyrics will address the media and fans obsession with his sexuality, and religious and political beliefs. The long album version of the track will feature Prince quoting The Lord's Prayer, but instead of ending the scripture with "amen," he will complete his recitation with the song's title. That it in itself will lead some to label the song blasphemous. "Controversy" will peak at #3 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, topping the Club Play chart for six weeks (from November 14 - December 19, 1981 c/w "Let's Work"), and peaking at #70 on the Hot 100 (on November 21, 1981). "Controversy" will be re-released in the UK (as a 2 CD EP set and 7" picture disc) in 1993 to promote the compilation album The Hits/The B-Sides.

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Music History Monday: August 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 5, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1957 - American Bandstand makes its national television debut on ABC. Hosted by former radio DJ and music entepreneur Dick Clark, the show is originally broadcast on local Philadelphia channel WFIL-TV Channel 6 in 1952 with original host Bob Horn (1952 - 1956), co-host Lee Stewart (1952 - 1955), and Tony Mammarella (1956 only). Clark will become the show's permanent host from 1956 to 1989 (returning briefly in 2002). The show will move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964, beginning color broadcasts in September of 1967. 3,000 episodes of the show will be taped over its 50 year history (though only 883 survive).

On this day in music history: August 5, 1969 - The self-titled debut album by The Stooges is released. Produced by John Cale, it is recorded at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI from October 30 - 31, 1968. Recorded in just two days with The Velvet Underground's multi-instrumentalist John Cale, the original mix of the album will be rejected by Elektra (four of the rejected mixes will be released on a reissue of the album in 2005). The released version will be remixed by frontman Iggy Pop and label founder Jac Holzman. Featuring such proto-punk classics as "No Fun" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog," it will become highly influential, providing the inspiration for the Punk Rock music genre in the '70s. Iggy Pop will be widely acknowledged as the godfather of the punk movement. The Stooges will peak at #106 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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