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Music History Monday: May 25

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 25, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 25, 1968 - “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles & Co. is released. Written and produced by Jesse James, it is the instrumental version of the song “Love Is All Right,” with the non-vocal side being named after the popular dance. Though it is credited to Cliff Nobles, he does not actually appear on the instrumental side (being a vocalist only). The track features members of the rhythm section that will later become known as MFSB and is arranged by Philly Soul legend Bobby Martin. (The Manhattans, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, L.T.D.). Released on Philadephia-based Phil-La Of Soul Records (distributed by Jamie/Guyden Records), DJs will prefer the instrumental side of the single and it will rocket up the charts. “The Horse” will peak at number two on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B singles chart in July of 1968. In later years, the song will become a staple of sporting events, most often being played by marching bands. "The Horse" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: February 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 16, 2015 07:30am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: February 16, 1935 - Singer, songwriter, and producer Sonny Bono (born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, MI). Happy Birthday to Sonny on what would have been his 80th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: February 16, 1952 - Singer, songwriter and musician James Ingram (born James Edward Ingram in Akron, OH). Happy 63rd Birthday, James!
 

Born on this day: February 16, 1958 - Rapper and actor Ice-T (born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, NJ). Happy 56th Birthday, Ice!
 


On this day in music history: February 16, 1980 - "The Second Time Around" by Shalamar hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on March 22, 1980. Written by Leon Sylvers III and William Shelby, it's the biggest hit single for the Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio. Co-writer and producer Sylvers will write the melody and bassline, while Shelby (a member of the band Lakeside) will write the chords in the verse section with both collaborating on the lyrics. The song will be the first to feature new lead singer Howard Hewett who  replaces previous lead vocalist Gerald Brown in the group. Released as the first single from the group's third album Big Fun, it will give the trio their most successful single in the US. The song's popularity will extend to the dance floor when it becomes a club smash by way of an extended mix that is released as a 12" single. This remixed version will also be added to revised copies of Big Fun, replacing the original single version featured on the first pressing, during the single's run on the charts. "The Second Time Around" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: November 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 17, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 17, 1962 - "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for three weeks on the same date. Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, it is the second consecutive chart-topping single for the New Jersey-based quartet fronted by singer Frankie Valli. The song's title is inspired by a line in the 1955 western Tennessee's Partner in which the actor John Payne slaps actress Rhonda Fleming in the face, and she replies, "Big girls don't cry." Like its predecessor "Sherry," it will storm the charts quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #66 on October 20, 1962, it will zoom to the top of the chart just four weeks later. Twenty five years after its original release, the song will also be heard in the film and featured on the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. "Big Girls Don't Cry" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: November 17, 1971 - Live-Evil, the 38th album by Miles Davis, is released. Produced by Teo Macero, it is recorded at The Cellar Door in Washington DC on December 19, 1970, and at Columbia Studio B from February - June 1970. The half live/half in-studio recorded double LP set consists of eight extended electric based jams featuring Davis supported by musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michael Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Airto Moreira, and Keith Jarrett. Originally conceived as a continuation of the landmark Bitches Brew, it will differ greatly from its predecessor by incorporating more rock and funk elements. It will be well received upon its release and is considered a pioneering jazz/funk recording, as well as one of the cornerstones of Davis's "Electric Period." The album's distinctive cover art was created by artist Mati Klarwein, best known for cover art on Bitches Brew and Santana's Abraxas. Davis will tell Klarwein that he wants something representing "life" on the front cover, and something representing "evil" on the back. The front will feature a painting of a pregnant African woman, while the back features a grotesque looking amphibian like creature in a powered wig clutching its belly. The latter painting is inspired by a picture that the artist sees of infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on the cover of Time Magazine. "Live-Evil" will peak at number 125 on the Billboard Top 200 and number four on the Jazz chart.
 

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Music History Monday: July 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 1, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: July 1, 1945 - Singer and songwriter Debbie Harry of Blondie (born Deborah Ann Harry in Miami, FL). Happy 68th Birthday, Debbie!
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1951 - The B-52's lead singer and songwriter Fred Schneider (born Frederick William Schneider III in Newark, NJ). Happy 62nd Birthday, Fred!
 


Born on this day: July 1, 1960 - R&B vocal legend Evelyn "Champagne" King (born in the Bronx, NY). Happy 53rd Birthday, Evelyn! (See pictures from Evelyn's in-store at Amoeba SF!)
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1971 - Singer/rapper/songwriter and producer Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott in Portsmouth, VA). Happy 42nd Birthday, Missy!!
 

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