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Music History Monday: March 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 30, 2015 07:05am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 30, 1945 - Rock guitar icon Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapton in Ripley, Surrey, UK). Happy 70th Birthday, Slowhand!
 


On this day in music history: March 30, 1963 - "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for four weeks on April 6, 1963. Written by Ronnie Mack, it is the debut single and biggest for the female R&B/Pop vocal quartet from New York City. Originally consisting of group members Judy Craig, Patricia Bennett, and Barbara Lee, The Chiffons are formed in 1960 while all are students at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. In 1962, the girls will meet songwriter Ronnie Mack who will become their manager and suggest that they add 14-year-old Sylvia Peterson to the group, making them a quartet. Mack will write "He's So Fine" for the group as their first single. While Mack tries to secure a record deal for The Chiffons, the song will attract the attention of music publisher Bright Tunes run by Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Jay Siegal, and Hank Medress, better known as The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). They love the song and offer to produce them, as they have a production deal for Capitol Records. Having already exhausted their production budget, The Tokens will take The Chiffons into a small demo studio to record "He's So Fine." After the track is completed, they will play it for Capitol Records president Voyle Gilmore, who will reject the song as being "too simple and too trite." The group will shop the song around and be rejected by more than a dozen record labels before it is picked up by Laurie Records in New York. Released in December of 1962, the song will initially get off to a slow start, but will eventually catch on. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on February 23, 1963, it will leap to the top of the chart five weeks later. Sadly, songwriter Ronnie Mack will not have long to enjoy his newly found success. Shortly after the song reaches number one, he will be diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease and succumb to the illness just a few months later at the age of 23. The Chiffons will score further hits with the Carole King and Gerry Goffin penned "One Fine Day" (#5 Pop, #6 R&B) and "Sweet Talkin' Guy" (#10 Pop). "He's So Fine" will later become the subject of a lawsuit between Bright Tunes Publishing and former Beatle George Harrison when the publisher accuses him of plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his number one single "My Sweet Lord." The lawsuit will drag on for years before it is finally settled. George Harrison's estate will purchase the publishing rights to "He's So Fine" and hold the copyright to this day. In a small bit of irony, The Chiffons will cover "My Sweet Lord" in the mid '70s, though it will not be a hit.
 

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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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Music History Monday: March 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 2, 2015 10:48am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 2, 1950 - Singer and musician Karen Carpenter (born Karen Anne Carpenter in New Haven, CT). Happy Birthday to this pop vocal icon on what would have been her 65th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: March 2, 1964 - The Beatles will begin work on their first film, A Hard Day's Night, with director Richard Lester at Marylebone Station in London (not Paddington Station as it is often misquoted). Produced by Walter Shenson and released through United Artists Pictures, the film is a semi-fictionalized day in the life of the band written by Alun Owen. Budgeted at a modest £200,000 ($500,000 by today's U.S. currency), the film is shot in black and white, and will break new ground in film-making with its innovative cinematography, editing, and use of music. During the six weeks of filming, other location shooting will take place in at Thornbury Playing Fields in Isleworth, Middlesex ("Can't Buy Me Love" sequence); Scala Theatre in Camden (theater performance scenes); West Ealing, London ("Ringo dropping his coat on puddles for a lady to step on" sequence); and the interiors are shot at Twickenham Studios in London. It will be a huge success, grossing over $6 million at the box office in its original theatrical run.
 

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20 Great Vinyl Reissues From 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 31, 2014 03:44pm | Post a Comment

Best Vinyl REISSUES 2014

Our Best Of 2014 extravaganza ain’t quite over yet. Here’s a list of 20 excellent records that were reissued on vinyl this year. (Out of stock? Add the item to your wishlist and we’ll notify you when we have it in.)

Erykah Badu - Mama’s Gun

erykah badu mama's gun lpErykah Badu’s second album is a neo-soul touchstone that represents her transition from her earlier work to her wilder 2000’s output. Features the hit “Bag Lady.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BeatlesThe White Album

the beatles white album lpThe mother of all rock bands/albums. The Beatles’ albums (all of which are pretty much essential) were reissued on vinyl this year. You gotta own this one on mono vinyl, the way it’s meant to be heard.

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Music History Monday: December 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 29, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: December 29, 1966 - The Beatles begin recording "Penny Lane" in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios in London. Written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney), the song is inspired by a street and district near the town center in Liverpool. The first recording session will begin with McCartney laying down several different piano parts (processed in multiple ways) as part of the basic track. These parts will be bounced down and combined into a single track as more overdubs are recorded. After the band has been working on the song for a couple weeks, McCartney mentions to producer George Martin that he had heard this "high pitched trumpet" while watching a performance of Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto" the night before. They will hire David Mason from the LSO to play piccolo trumpet and add the crowning touch to the song, which is completed on January 17, 1967. Originally intended to be part of the next Beatles albuSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, it will instead be paired with "Strawberry Fields Forever" and released as a stand alone single on February 13, 1967 in the US and on February 17, 1967 in the UK. It is added to the US LP release of Magical Mystery Tour in November of 1967.
 

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