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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: June 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 11, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: June 11, 1966 - "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood on March 6th - 9th, 1966, the song is originally intended as a "comedy track" parodying the bands' first manager Eric Easton whose former job was working as a theater organist. The song will take on a completely different tone when drummer Charlie Watts changes the basic rhythm and guitarist Brian Jones adds a sitar, giving it its signature sound. Bassist Bill Wyman will also play the bass pedals of an organ with his fists on the track. Released as a stand alone single in the UK, the song will be included on the US release of Aftermath (released on June 20th).


On this day in music history: June 11, 1977 - "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & The Sunshine Band hits # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at number three on the R&B singles chart on June 4th. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, it is the third single from the bands' fourth studio album Part 3. Casey and Finch will write the song as a tribute to a Miami radio DJ named Robert W. Walker who was instrumental in helping break the bands' first chart topping single "Get Down Tonight." On the LP, "Boogie" is paired together with "Keep It Comin' Love" (issued as the fourth and final single), with the two songs edited so that they segue into each and play as one long continuous song. "I'm Your Boogie Man" will also be covered by White Zombie in 1996 for the soundtrack to The Crow - City Of Angels. The original version is featured in the film Scary Movie and its sequels, the comedy Superbad, as well as the action adventure film Watchmen. "Boogie" will be the fourth of KC & The Sunshine Band's five #1 pop singles in the US.

DOUG FIEGER, LEAD SINGER FOR THE KNACK, HAS DIED

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2010 07:25pm | Post a Comment

The Knack "My Sharona" (live)

The Knack
Doug Fieger, the lead singer for The Knack, has died after a prolonged battle with cancer, it was confirmed earlier today by The Detroit News and several other sources. The Detroit native was 57. Fieger, who was living in Woodland Hills, CA, was being treated for the cancer at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Fieger and his band will always be best known for their 1979 mega hit single that he co-wrote, "My Sharona," which was the No. 1 Billboard pop record for six weeks straight. Likewise, the album it was culled from, Get The Knack, also spent six weeks atop the album charts.

A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family of Fieger is being planned. For more information on The Knack visit their official website.