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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: July 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 2, 2012 02:31pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: July 2, 1966 - "Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charlie Singleton, and Eddie Snyder,  it is the fifth solo chart topper for the veteran singer. The song is originally composed as an instrumental for the film A Man Could Get Killed by german composer/arranger Kaempfert. Sinatra's producer Jimmy Bowen will hear the instrumental through the songs' publisher, then tells them that Sinatra would record it if lyrics could be written. The lyrics for the song are then written by Singleton and Snyder. Shortly after they're written, both Bobby Darin and Jack Jones have cut versions of the song. Wanting to beat both artists to the punch, Bowen will quickly arrange a session with Sinatra. The singer will record his vocals live with the orchestra in under an hour. Within 24 hours, Reprise Records has acetates of the single rush released to radio and is on the air across the country. "Strangers" is an immediate smash and will temporarily unseat The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" from the top spot on the Hot 100. "Strangers In The Night" will win three Grammy Awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record Of The Year.

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2011 SF Funk Fest Celebrates 10 Years with 12 Shows Including Morris Day & The Time

Posted by Billyjam, November 8, 2011 09:40am | Post a Comment

Morris Day & The Time "Jungle Love" (1984)

Now in its tenth year the annual SF Funk Fest (SFFF) is already underway from November 4th - 26th with Dam Funk & Master Blazter having played over the weekend at this three-week, various-venue festival. This year has an excellent line-up that includes Morris Day & The Time along with DJ Dave Paul opening at the Mezzanine Friday November 11th, The California Honeydrops at The Brick & Mortar Music Hall in SF on Saturday, Afrolicious feat Nappy Riddem plus Motion Potion at the Elbo Room in SF on Thursday November 17th, the Budos Band with Afrolicious at Mezzanine on Sat, November 19, DJ Platurn's 45 Sessions on Nov 18th at Disco Volente in Oakland (the only non SF show), the S.O.S. Band at Yoshi's SF on Friday, November 25.  For a complete listing on all 2011 SFFF shows for the month of November visit the Sunset Promotions website.

Based on the academic work of UC Berkeley and KPFA’s “funky professor” Dr Rickey Vincent and author of the landmark book Funk: The Music, the People and the Rhythym of the One (read Rickey Vincent's Amoeblog interview) the SFFF was founded by Robbie Kowal and John Miles of Sunset Promotions back in late 2001. The first SFFF that year featured Mandrill and a reunion of many of the original members of Sly & the Family Stone (listed as SF Funk All Stars) and over the years performers have included George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, DJ QBert, Z-Trip and many others. The festival has also featured a cool retro Funk on Film series that included such films as Wattstax. For full details on all shows click  2011 SFFF and  for general information here.

Buildings

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 29, 2009 12:00pm | Post a Comment

marble arch record labelBig Boys Lullabies Make the Brain Grow Record Labelcommon records label
sheila chandra indipop records labelbosstown records labelnocturnal records label
USAF country music time record label billy grammertwin oaks studios record label john golden balladsUS Army recruiting service country express record label
mello city record label trinettameanest man contest merit record labelold town record label a portrait of arthur prysock

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