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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: March 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 16, 2015 11:24am | Post a Comment

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Remembering Motown vocal legend Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, PA) - April 29, 1945 - March 16, 1970.
 


On this day in music history: March 16, 1955 - "Unchained Melody" by Roy Hamilton is released. Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, it is the second chart-topping for the R&B vocal legend from Leesburg, GA. Written by film score composer North (A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus) and lyricist Zaret ("One Meatball," "Why Does The Sun Shine?"), the song is originally composed as the theme for the film Unchained. It will quickly become a hit and is covered by numerous artists, including Al Hibbler and Les Baxter who will reach the top 10 with their versions. Hamilton's version (the third recording of the song) will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues singles chart and number six on the Best Sellers chart. It is Hamilton's vocal style and arrangement that is the one will most directly influence and inspire The Righteous Brothers' 1965 recording, which will become the most famous rendition of the song.
 

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10 Albums to Pick Up for Valentine's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Hey you! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like it’s next week. We’ll leave the chocolates and stuff to you, but we’ve got your music covered. Pick up any of these releases to help you seal the deal. Or to just enjoy quietly on your own with some white wine. That sounds great, actually.

Tina TurnerLove Songs

tina turner love songs amoebaThis compilation CD was just released and features some of Turner’s best songs, focusing on her comeback from 1983’s Private Dancer and on. Songs include a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “The Best” and more.

 

 

SadeThe Ultimate Collection

sade the ultimate collectionI mean, c’mon, duh. You can’t go wrong with any Sade album, but this readily available collection has all the hits, including later period songs like “Soldier of Love.”

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Music History Monday: April 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 29, 2013 10:55am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: April 29, 1899 - Composer, bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington (born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington DC). Happy Birthday to this jazz giant, born 114 years ago today. We ♥ you madly, Duke!!


Born on this day: April 29, 1922 - Jazz guitarist/harmonica virtuoso and whistler extraordinaire Toots Thielemans (born Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidor, Baron Thielemans in Brussels, Belgium). Happy 91st Birthday, Toots!!
 


Born on this day: April 29, 1945 - Motown vocal legend Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, PA). Happy Birthday to this "Sweetheart of Motown" on what would have been her 68th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: April 29, 1968Ridin' High, the fifth studio album by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas is released. Produced by Richard Morris, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from mid-1967 to early 1968. The album will be the group's first since the departure of producers William "Mickey" Stevenson and Holland-Dozier-Holland from Motown. Staff producer Richard Morris will fill the void, collaborating with songwriter/producer Sylvia Moy (Stevie Wonder). The pair will write the groups' last two top 40 pop hits "Honey Chile" (#5 R&B, #11 Pop) and "Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone" (#14 R&B, #25 Pop), with the album spinning off a third single "(We've Got) Honey Love" (#27 R&B, #57 Pop). The album will also mark the debut of Lois Reeves (Martha's younger sister), replacing longtime member Betty Kelly (1963-1968) from the group.  Ridin' High will peak at #167 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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SOUNDTRACK SERIES #5

Posted by Job O Brother, May 2, 2010 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Directions: Imagine Mr. Brother living another day, as always, with music playing. Whether it’s one of his trusty iPods, or his home stereo, or working the soundtracks section of Amoeba Music Hollywood, Mr. Brother is eating, sonically, with the mouths of his ears.

To simulate this experience, as you read the below story of a day lived, you will be given certain music clips to play. These are inserted to provide you with the same tunes Job was hearing as he was doing what you’ll be reading.

For example, while he was writing the above directions, he was listening to this:

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The boyfriend and I need a lamp. Not just any lamp – something that can complete his “reading nook” in the prominent corner of our living room. It must be a lamp that won’t be diminished by our awesome Italian chair (roughly the size of my last apartment) which it will stand behind, be powerful enough to provide the boyfriend with the amount of light he likes in order to read (roughly the brightness of two suns) and, in general, should be hella rad.

So, every Sunday for the past month, he and I have set out into the deliciously temperatured* but cruelly trafficked land of Los Angeles. Armed with my trusty iPod, which I plug into his car – a Lexus with a capacity for smarts exceeding most high school students – its music gives me the fortitude to face another shopping day.

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