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Music History Monday: February 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 2, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: February 2, 1927 - Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (born Stanley Gayetzky in Philadelphia, PA). Happy Birthday to this jazz icon on what would have been his 88th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: February 2, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Graham Nash (born Graham William Nash in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK) of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Happy 73rd Birthday, Graham!
 


On this day in music history: February 2, 1974 - "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand hits #1 the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks (non-consecutive). Written by Marvin Hamlisch, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman, it is the first chart-topping single for the Oscar-winning singer and actress. The song is written as the theme to the Sydney Pollack drama starring Streisand and Robert Redford. Like the film, the theme is a runaway success. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on November 24, 1973, it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. After one week at the top, it is temporarily displaced by "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, then returns to the number one spot for two more weeks on February 16, 1974. The original hit single version of the song differs from the one appearing on the soundtrack album, with the single version containing a different (and most say) superior vocal take than what was released on the album. To date, the original 45 mix has yet to be reissued on CD or in any other digital form. "The Way We Were" will win the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year as well as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Song. The song will become a pop standard, being covered numerous times over the years, including versions by Gladys Knight, Shirley Bassey, Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, Dave Koz, and comedianne Gilda Radner. "The Way We Were" is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: December 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 1, 2014 11:25am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: December 1, 1957 - Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their national television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on the CBS television network. The band will perform their recent number one hit "That'll Be The Day." The band will also perform Holly's first solo release "Peggy Sue" on the show. Also appearing on the same program will be Sam Cooke (making his national TV debut) performing "You Send Me," which will hit number one the following day, and The Rays performing "Silhouettes."
 


On this day in music history: December 1, 1958 - "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three  weeks. Written and produced by Phil Spector, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles-based pop vocal trio. Written by a then 17-year-old Phil Spector, the title is inspired by a quote on his father's epitaph. The group, consisting of Spector and high school friends Marshall Leib and Annette Kleinbard (aka songwriter Carol Connors), will record the song at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood in July of 1958 at a cost of only $75. Released on LA-based indie label Doré Records (distributed by Era Records), it will quickly become a smash locally before spreading across the country. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on September 22, 1958, it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The group will not remain together for long. Uncomfortable as a performer, Spector will prefer to work behind the scenes, quickly establishing himself as a top notch songwriter and cementing his legendary work as a producer during the '60s and '70s. Kleinbard will be sidelined from the music industry when she is involved in a serious car accident, requiring several surgeries while she recovers. Changing her name to Carol Connors, she will also carve out a formitable career as a songwriter, co-writing such hits as the Oscar nominated "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky, "With You I'm Born Again" (for Billy Preston and Syreeta), and the '60's hot rod classic "Hey Little Cobra" (for The Rip Chords). A rock & roll classic, "To Know Him" will be covered numerous times over the years including a version by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton that will hit number one on the Country chart in 1987. Singer Amy Winehouse will also cover the song, with her version appearing on the posthumously released compilation Amy Winehouse At The BBC in 2012. "To Know Him Is To Love Him" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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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: May 27

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 27, 2013 09:45am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: May 27, 1957 - Punk and alternative music icon Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Creatures (born Susan Janet Ballion in London, UK). Happy 56th birthday, Siouxsie!
 


On this day in music history: May 27, 1972 - "Oh Girl" by The Chi-Lites hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the R&B singles chart for two weeks on June 3rd. Written and produced by Eugene Record, it is the biggest pop hit, and the second R&B chart topper for the Chicago based R&B quartet. Record will write and demo the song, then forget about it for a time. Producer and arranger Carl Davis will hear the demo and tell The Chi-Lites lead vocalist that he has a potential hit on his hands. Recorded at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, the track is engineered by Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones) and features Record playing bass and guitar on the track along with other members of Brunswick's regular rhythm section including Quinton Joseph (drums) and Tom Washington, aka "Tom Tom 84," (piano). Issued as a single on March 2, 1972, the song will receive a major boost when The Chi-Lites appear on comedian Flip Wilson's top rated comedy/variety program. At first the producers of the show will expect them to perform their recent hit "Have You Seen Her," but after hearing the brand new song, they'll change their minds and emphatically agree to the group's request to perform their new single for the first time on national television. Entering the Hot 100 at #80 on April 8, 1972, it will climb to the top of the chart seven weeks later, ending Roberta Flack's six week run at the top with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." "Oh Girl" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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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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