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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: December 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 30, 2013 09:30am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: December 30, 1928 - Rhythm & Blues legend Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, MS). Happy Birthday to Bo on what would have been his 85th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: December 30, 1939 - R&B vocalist Kim Weston (born Agatha Natalie Weston in Detroit, MI). Happy 74th Birthday to this Motown legend!


Born on this day: December 30, 1942 - Songwriter, musician, producer, music video pioneer, and former Monkee Michael Nesmith (born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, TX). Happy 71st Birthday, Nez!
 

Born on this day: December 30, 1945 - Former Monkees vocalist Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones in Manchester, UK). Happy Birthday to this pop music icon on what would have been his 68th Birthday. We miss you, Davy!
 

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Music History Monday: December 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 2, 2013 09:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: December 2, 1967 - "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by John Stewart, it is the third (and final) #1 single for The Monkees. Though it is recorded during sessions for the band's fourth album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., it will be released initially as a stand alone single. It will be included on their next full-length release The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Singer and songwriter John Stewart ("Gold") will write the song while he is still a member of the folk music band The Kingston Trio. The song will be brought to The Monkees by their producer Chip Douglas, assigning it to Davy Jones to sing. Initially Davy isn't fond of the song, unsure that it will be a hit. Any doubt about its hit potential will be quickly erased as soon as it's released. Entering the Hot 100 at #33 on November 18, 1967, it will shoot to the top of the chart only three weeks later. "Daydream Believer" will become a hit again in early 1980 when country/pop singer Anne Murray's version tops the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as peaking at #3 on the country chart and #12 on the Hot 100. The Monkees version of "Daydream Believer" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music History Monday: June 24

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 24, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 24, 1967Headquarters, the third studio album by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for one week. Produced by Chip Douglas (aka Douglas Farthing Hatlelid), it is recorded at RCA Music Center of the World Studios, Studio C from February 23 - March 22, 1967. By early 1967, The Monkees are at loggerheads with Screen Gems, the company responsible for producing their hit television series. Though highly successful, the band is unhappy (especially Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork who are both accomplished musicians) at having virtually no creative input or being allowed to play on their records. They will lobby for and win the right to play on their own records, which leads to the ouster of music supervisor Don Kirshner. The Monkees will lock themselves in the recording studio for four weeks while working on their third album. Writing a lion's share of the material included on the LP, many of the songs will be worked out while jamming together live in the studio. No singles will be released in the US, but it will spin off a major hit single in the UK with the Micky Dolenz-penned "Randy Scouse Git" (re-titled "Alternate Title") (#2 UK). The album will be another major success for the band, quickly rising to #1, but will be bumped from the top spot by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the following week, spending an additional 11 weeks in the runner up position. In time, it will be regarded as one of The Monkees best albums. Headquarters is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: April 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 22, 2013 01:52pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: April 22, 1922 - Jazz music icon Charles Mingus (born Charles Mingus, Jr. in Nogales, AZ). Happy Birthday to this visionary genius on what would have been his 91st Birthday.
 


Born on this day: April 22, 1936 - Singer/songwriter/guitarist Glen Campbell (born Glen Travis Campbell in Delight, AR). Happy 77th Birthday, Glen!!
 


On this day in music history: April 22, 1968The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees, the fifth album by The Monkees is released. Produced by The Monkees and Chip Douglas, it is recorded at RCA Studios, Gold Star Studios and United/Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1967 - Early 1968. The bands' fifth release will see them beginning to go their separate ways with each producing their own tracks with studio musicians, rather than working as a unit as on the previous two albums. The album will also be the last from The Monkees to be issued with separate mono and stereo mixes, with the former containing unique mixes and being pressed in such small quantities that they will become collector's items. It will spin off two singles including "Daydream Believer" (#1 Pop) and "Valleri" (#3 Pop). The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees will peak at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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