On this day (music related)

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    • 1977 - Two records that both sold 20+ million copies in the US and both won Grammy's (for the album or songs) crossover at the top of the US charts, when Fleetwood Mac's Rumours replaces Eagles' Hotel California at #1.

    ^Starts with 'Hotel California', but plays the whole album


    ^Starts with 'Second Hand News', but plays the whole album


    • 1983 - ZZ Top release the video for 'Gimme All Your Lovin'' - as the lead single for their album Eliminator. The song only reaches #37 on the US Chart. The album fares much better, selling 10+ million copies.



    • 1983 - Prince scores his first US Top 10 hit when 'Little Red Corvette' reaches #6 on the chart. He had come close before when 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' reached 11 in 1979 and '1999' reached #12 in 1982.




    • 1983 - David Bowie goes #1 in the US with 'Let's Dance' (it was a UK #1 on 9 April).
    Music video featured OTD 9 April -> https://www.tdpri.com/threads/on-this-day-music-related.1066396/page-2#post-10586575


    • 1992 - Bette Midler is Johnny Carson's last guest on The Tonight Show (his final show, the following night, has no guests). Robin Williams was the last guest left on the show (after she sings, Bette runs off as she has burst into tears). She serenades him with this song:
     
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    • 1950 - Bernie Taupin is born in Lincolnshire, England. One of the finest lyricists of all time.












    ^ Taupin's lyric refers to a time in 1968, before John was popular as a musician, when John was engaged to be married to girlfriend Linda Woodrow. John and Woodrow were sharing a flat with Taupin in Furlong Road in Highbury, London, hence the opening line "When I think of those East End lights." John did not love his girlfriend, and felt trapped by the relationship. Feeling desperate, John contemplated suicide, and even made a half-hearted attempt at asphyxiating himself with a gas oven in his home.

    Never realized the passing hours of evening showers
    A slip noose hanging in my darkest dreams
    I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
    Just a pawn outplayed by a dominating queen


    John took refuge in his friends, especially Long John Baldry, who convinced John to abandon his plans to marry in order to salvage and maintain his musical career. His parents arrived the next day, in a van, to take him home. As a sign of respect and gratitude to Baldry, Taupin wrote him into the song as the "Someone" in the title, and also as "Sugar Bear"

    In the liner notes to the Deluxe Edition of Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy, writer Paul Gambaccini related a recollection from producer Gus Dudgeon. During the recording of the song's lead vocal, Dudgeon said he was pushing John for more in terms of his delivery of the vocal, not paying attention to the lyric. According to Gambaccini, guitarist Davey Johnstone leaned over and told Dudgeon, "You know he's singing about killing himself." Dudgeon was apparently mortified by the revelation and relented.

    At 6:45 this was one of John's longest singles and was supposed to be edited to a shorter version for radio consumption. However, John refused to let MCA Records cut it down, saying that it was to be released as a whole, and the record company acquiesced.

    My favourite BT/EJ song.






     
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    • 1934 - (Dr) Robert Moog, engineer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer, is born in New York City. Moog debuted the Moog synthesizer in 1964, and Moog's company R.A. Moog Co. (later known as Moog Music) produced numerous models from 1965 to 1980. This song was one of the first to use it (1967).



    • 1960 - The Everly Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown' hits #1 in America for the first of five weeks. In the UK, it has been at #1 since May 11, making it the first song to top both charts at the same time.




    • 1964 - Ella Fitzgerald's cover of The Beatles' 'Can't Buy Me Love' enters the UK charts, making her the first outside artist to have a hit with a Beatles song.





    • 1973 - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson, debuts in theaters. In addition to scoring and writing songs for the film, Bob Dylan makes his acting debut as a knife-wielding stranger named Alias. His acting is derided, but he lands a hit with 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'.




    • 1991 - Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana's Nevermind album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon's photo came out best.
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    • 1941 - Robert Allen Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) is born in Duluth, Minnesota. A selection of his 1960s work:



    • 1968 - The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack."




    • 1969 - The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Get Back', the group's 17th US No.1. Credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", it was the Beatles' only single that credited another artist, 'Get Back' was also the Beatles' first single release in true stereo in the US.



    • 1970 - Peter Green plays his last gig with Fleetwood Mac. He wrote this song while in the band. The FM version peaked at 37 on the UK Chart in 1968. A version was later released by the band Santana with Gregg Rolie on vocals (it was a US #4 in 1971, their highest charting single until 'Smooth' with Rob Thomas in 1999). Here's Gregg singing it with Steve Lukather very ably playing the part of Carlos Santana.


    • 1971 - Duke Ellington dies aged 75.
     
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    • 1936 - Tom T. Hall, The Nashville Storyteller, is born in Olive Hall, Kentucky. '(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine' is a favourite of mine. The "old dog" is Gunner, who we had to say goodbye to last year when he was nearly 16.



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    • 1969 - The Hollies record 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.



    • 1977 - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... Star Wars (retroactively titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is released in US cinemas. After a turbulent production, Star Wars was released in a limited number of theaters in the United States on May 25, 1977, and quickly became a massive hit, leading to it being expanded to a much wider release. The film opened to critical acclaim, most notably for its groundbreaking visual effects. It grossed a total of $775 million (over $550 million during its initial run), surpassing Jaws (1975) to become the highest-grossing film at the time until the release of E.T the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). When adjusted for inflation, Star Wars is the second-highest grossing film in North America (behind Gone with the Wind) and the fourth-highest grossing film in the world. Music by John Williams.






    • 1985 - Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms (the album, though the brilliant title track is below) goes #1 in the UK (tbh it goes #1 in lots of countries). Brothers In Arms was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version. A Rykodisc employee would subsequently write, "[In 1985 we] were fighting to get our CDs manufactured because the entire worldwide manufacturing capacity was overwhelmed by demand for a single rock title (Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms)."
     
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    • 1948 - Stephanie ("Stevie") Lynn Nicks is born in Phoenix, Arizona. This from back when Stevie could stand to be in the same room as Lindsey.





    • 1962 - Acker Bilk becomes just the second British artist to have a US #1 single (and first of the Billboard Hot 100 era) with 'Stranger on the Shore' (the first was Vera Lynn in 1952).





    • 1964 - Lenny Kravitz is born in Manhattan, New York. Cindy Blackman, now Cindy Blackman Santana (she married Carlos in 2010), appears on drums in the music video, but it was Kravitz himself who played the drums in the studio.





    • 1973 - The Edgar Winter Group's rock instrumental "Frankenstein," so titled because it was "a monster to edit", hits #1 in America.






    • 1984 - Deniece Williams goes #1 in the US with 'Let's Hear It For The Boy' - from the soundtrack of the movie Footloose (the song 'Footloose' by Kenny Loggis had already been a US #1 by that point).
     
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    • 1943 - Cilla Black (Priscilla Maria Veronica White) is born in Liverpool, England. He stage came about when she was featured in an article in the first edition of the local music newspaper Mersey Beat, and mistakenly referred to her as "Cilla Black" rather than her real name. She subsequently decided to keep the name.




    • 1957 - Buddy Holly and The Crickets release 'That'll Be The Day' which became a UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. This was also the first song recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became... And of course Paul McCartney now owns it:

    "The music publishing I own is fabulous. Beautiful. I owe it all to Linda's dad Lee Eastman and her brother John. Linda's dad is a great business brain. He said originally, 'If you are going to invest, do it in something you know. If you invest in building computers or something, you can lose a fortune. Wouldn't you rather be in music? Stay in music.' I said, 'Yeah, I'd much rather do that.' So he asked me what kind of music I liked. And the first name I said was Buddy Holly. Lee got on to the man who owned Buddy Holly's stuff and bought that for me. So I was into publishing now."





    • 1958 - Neil Mullane Finn (Split Enz / Crowded House) is born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Pretty handy songwriter. :rolleyes: The Mullanes was an early name for what would evolve into Crowded House.






     
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    • 1945 - John Fogerty is born in Berkeley, California.




    • 1977 - Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howlett's band, Strontium 90 in Paris France. This song came later of course:



    • 1982 - Rocky III opens in theatres. The movie features a theme song written around a key line of dialogue in the film: "Eye of the Tiger" Sylvester Stallone asked the Chicago band Survivor to write and record the song when he couldn't get permission to use the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust". The song is a worldwide hit, going #1 in 9 countries including the US, UK, and Australia.





    • 1983 - Irene Cara goes #1 in the US with 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' from the movie Flashdance (for which she would also win the 1983 Academy Award for Best Original Song).





    • 2007 - The Police play the first official gig as a part of their reunion tour to 37,018 people in Vancouver (the night before they had played to 4000 die hard fans). It is 30 years to the day since Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers first appeared on stage together. This from later in the tour:
     
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    • 1961 - Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.


    • 1967 - Noel Gallagher (brother to, and nemesis of, Liam) is born in Manchester, England.

    • 1971 - The Rolling Stones are #1 in the US with 'Brown Sugar'.

    • 1982 - 'House of Fun' by Madness hits #1 in the UK. It's the only #1 hit of their career. It did not chart in the US (maybe it wasn't released there?). But later in 1982 they had a transatlantic Top 10 with 'Our House'.




    • 1984 - Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album (title track written my Mark Knopfler). She was quite a big deal in Australia in the 1980s. This album, plus 'We Don't Need Another Hero' from Mad Max 3. And also she was the star of a couple of ad campaigns for the NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) competition, like this from 1989.


    Tina wasn't League's first involvement with the US. This is the poster used to promote the 'State of Origin' (NSW vs Qld) exhibition game that was held in Los Angeles in 1987. "Real Aussie Rugby League" depicting a (highly illegal and extremely dangerous) "spear tackle".

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    And RIP to Gavin McLeod (28 February 1931 – 29 May 2021).
    Best known* as Captain Merrill Stubing (The Captain) in the ABC (USA) TV series The Love Boat.



    * Not quite old enough to remember The MTM Show.
     
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    And (again) RIP to B. J. Thomas (7 August 1942 – 29 May 2021)

     
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    • 1958 - Marie Fredriksson (half of the pop-rock duo Roxette) is born in Össjö, Sweden. Sadly Ms Fredriksson died on 9 December 2019, aged 61, following a 17-year long battle with cancer.



    • 1971 - Patrick Dalheimer (bassist for Live) is born in York, Pennsylvania. This song (Pillar of Davidson) is from the album Throwing Copper. It wasn't one of the singles, but it is a favourite of mine.


    • 2017 - Bob Seger's Greatest Hits, released in 1994, is certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales of 10 million copies in the US.
     
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    • 1930 - Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California.




    • 1948 - John Bonham is born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England. He died on 25 September 1980.




    • 1962 - Corey Hart is born in Montréal, Québec, Canada.




    • 1983 - Talking Heads release their fifth album, Speaking In Tongues. It contains their biggest hit:
     
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    • 1950 - Graham Russell (from Air Supply, the Australian soft-rock group who had 8 US top 5 hits) is born in Nottingham, England. This song (which Graham co-wrote with Clive Davis) was a US #2 in 1980. The song is also known for vocalist Russell Hitchcock holding the final note for 16.2 seconds - the longest-held note for a male pop singer at the time.




    • 1972 - The definitive country-rock group: Eagles release their eponymous debut album (Eagles). This is their first single:


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    ^ Well I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona....

    • 1974 - Alanis Morissette is born, along with twin brother Wade, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She goes from obscurity to superstar with 1995's Jagged Little Pill (33+ million sales worldwide). Dave Navarro on guitar & Flea on bass for this one:




    • 1985 - Prince goes #1 in the US with his album Around The World In A Day. This was the lead single (US #2):





    • 1993 - 10,000 Maniacs become the first act to appear twice on MTV Unplugged. The network has a policy against return engagements, but when they learn that Natalie Merchant will be leaving the band, they book them. This (co-written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen) from the resulting album.
     
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    • 1941 - Charles Robert Watts is born in Bloomsbury, London, England. Happy 80th bday Charlie Watts. Music's best dressed drummer.



    • 1960 - Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet singer) is born in Islington, London, England




    • 1983 - "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats goes to #1 on the Billboard Dance chart. It will eventually go #3 on the main chart.





    • 1987 - Whitney Houston releases her second album Whitney, which makes history for being the first album to spawn four US #1 singles. This was one of them:
     
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    • 1950 - Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit, Michigan. Her 1978 duet with Chris Norman "Stumblin' In" went #4 in the US (she also had a UK and Australia #1 in 1974 with "Devil Gate Drive"). Or you might remember her as Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days.


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    • 1951 - Deniece Williams is born in Gary, Indiana. Best known for her 1984 US No.1 & UK No.2 single "Let's Hear It For The Boy".




    • 1985 - Bryan Ferry releases his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls. "Slave to Love" is the lead single (UK # 10).




    • 1989 - Queen go #1 in the UK with their 13th album, The Miracle. The song "I Want It All" was a UK #3 and top 10 in several other countries.




    • 1989 - Fine Young Cannibals start a 7-week run at #1 in the US with their album The Raw & The Cooked, helped by the #1 single "She Drives Me Crazy".



    • 1992 - Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, appears on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.
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    • 1969 - The Beatles release "The Ballad of John and Yoko". Lennon wrote the song while he and Ono were on their honeymoon in Paris, and insisted it be recorded without delay. Lennon and McCartney recorded the song without Harrison, who was abroad, and Starr, who was filming The Magic Christian. Lennon: lead vocal, lead guitars, acoustic guitar, percussion. McCartney: bass guitar, drums, piano, maracas, harmony vocal




    • 1976 - Casey Chambers (Australian country singer) is born in Mount Gambier, South Australia. This was an Australian #1 in 2002

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    • 1979 - Fleetwood Mac records the University of Southern California's Trojan Marching Band at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for use in their song "Tusk" the title track to their first album since Rumours. John McVie was in Tahiti at the time, which is why he appears only as a cardboard cutout.




    • 1983 - The Police begin a 4-week run at #1 in the UK with "Every Breath You Take". In 2010 the song was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Sting's music publishing income and in May 2019, it was recognized by BMI as being the most played song in radio history Copeland has said: "In my humble opinion, this is Sting's best song with the worst arrangement. I think Sting could have had any other group do this song and it would have been better than our version—except for Andy's brilliant guitar part. Basically, there's an utter lack of groove. It's a totally wasted opportunity for our band. Even though we made gazillions off of it, and it's the biggest hit we ever had".




    • 1984 - Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born in the U.S.A." The album contains seven Top 10 hits, including his highest charting single "Dancing in the Dark" which reaches #2. Dancing was kept from #1 by a Prince song, and the video features a young Courtney Cox, later of Friends fame. But this is (for me at least), the best song on the album:
     
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    • 1961 - Roy Orbison is #1 in the US with "Running Scared".




    • 1971 - Paul McCartney's second solo album 'Ram' starts a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. The opening track is a diss @ John. P!ss off cake....




    • 1977 - Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named 'Angel' got the gig.


    • 1988 - Pattie Boyd files for divorce from Eric Clapton




    • 1989 - The Doobie Brothers begin their reunion tour, their first with their original lineup since 1975.




    • 2002 - Dee Dee Ramone, (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitarist with the Ramones dies at his Hollywood, California apartment of a heroin overdose aged 49. He was the group's primary songwriter, penning songs such as 'Rockaway Beach', '53rd & 3rd', and 'Poison Heart'.
     
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    • 1960 - Steve Vai is born in Carle Place, New York. He was already playing by then, but at the age of 13 Vai began to take guitar lessons from fellow New York native Joe Satriani.




    • 1987 - "You Just Keep Me Hangin' On" is back at the top of the US singles chart - this time for Kim Wilde. The Supremes original version had topped the chart in 1966.




    • 1987 - Heart release their ninth album, Bad Animals. It contains the #1 "Alone".




    • 1992 - Guns N' Roses "November Rain" video debuts on MTV. The 9-minute epic is the most expensive video ever made to this point, costing $US 1.5 million. Much of the budget was spent constructing a church in the desert so Slash could solo in front of it.




    • 2006 - Billy Preston dies of kidney failure at age 59 after a long battle with kidney disease and hypertension. Most noted as a keyboardist, he also co-wrote this:
     
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