Sunday, July 9, 2023

Music History Today: July 10, 2023

July 10, 1976: One Hit Wonders Starland Vocal Band started a two-week run atop the US singles chart with "Afternoon Delight."
Starland Vocal Band won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1976 on the strength of "Afternoon Delight," beating out the band Boston.

Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band

Music History Today: July 9, 2023

July 9, 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets began an eight-week run at the top of the charts with "Rock Around the Clock."
Bill Haley's wasn't the first recording of "Rock Around the Clock," nor was it Haley's first rock and roll record. It was, however, the seismic event that kicked off the rock revolution. In Hollywood, screenwriter and director Richard Brooks had taken on the assignment of adapting Evan Hunter's novel "Blackboard Jungle," a story about juvenile delinquents in a New York high school, into a movie. 

Blackboard Jungle movie poster

Friday, July 7, 2023

Music History Today: July 8, 2023

July 8, 1985: Playboy magazine published nude photos of Madonna before becoming famous. The next day she appeared on the cover of the New York Post with one of her most famous quotes, "I'M NOT ASHAMED!"

July 8, 1985 Madonna cover of the New York Post “I'M NOT ASHAMED!”

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Music History Today: July 7, 2023

Jul 7, 2016: PostmodernJukebox uploaded a '50s Style cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" by Von Smith. His voice is perfect, the dancing girls rock, the saxophone slays, and Tambourine Guy seems like the type of person everyone needs in their life.

Von Smith

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Music History Today: July 5, 2023

July 5, 1974: Linda Ronstadt recorded her breakthrough hit, a cover of Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, July 3, 2023

Music History Today: July 4, 2023

July 4, 1986: More than 40,000 people showed up at a race track in Manor, Texas, for Farm Aid II. It was shown live on VH-1, and millions of viewers tuned in to watch performances by Alabama, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, and Joe Walsh. 

Farm Aid II poster

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Music History Today: July 3, 2023

July 3, 1986: Joe Cocker released a cover of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" from his 1986 album, Cocker. It was featured in the film 9½ Weeks during the striptease scene. 

9½ Weeks movie poster

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Music History Today: July 2, 2023

July 2, 1988: Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number-one singles from one album when "Dirty Diana" went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP Bad were the title track, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," 'The Way You Make Me Feel," and "Man in the Mirror."

Michael Jackson Bad album cover

Music History Today: July 1, 2023

July 1, 2013, 1983: ZZ Top released their video for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," marking the first appearance of Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod the Eliminator.

Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod the Eliminator

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Music History Today: June 30, 2023

June 30, 1960: In London, the musical "Oliver!" premiered in the West End and ran for 2,618 performances.
The musical "Oliver!" was based on the famous Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, the story about the dregs of London society. 
London  Oliver! musical  poster 1960

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Music History Today: June 29, 2023

June 29, 1985: Bryan Adams entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 55 with "Summer of '69."

Bryan Adams wrote this with the songwriter Jim Vallance, who wrote several Aerosmith songs and often collaborated with Adams. On his website, Vallance explains that the track underwent several changes.
Bryan Adams

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Monday, June 26, 2023

Music History Today: June 27, 2023

June 27, 1987: Whitney Houston became the first woman in US history to enter the album chart at Number 1 with her self-titled debut, Whitney. She also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" hit Number 1.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Music History Today: June 26, 2023

June 26, 1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman. The couple split ten days later, got back together, and broke up again. They stayed married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.


Saturday, June 24, 2023

Music History Today: June 25, 2023

June 25, 2009: Michael Jackson died at age 50 after suffering heart failure from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in Beverly Hills.
Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, found him unconscious two minutes after administering medications to help him sleep.

Los Angeles Times Michael Jackson death article

Friday, June 23, 2023

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Music History Today: June 23, 2023

June 23, 1973: George Harrison's album Living in the Material World took over at Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 200, replacing Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney & Wings.
Living in the Material World was George Harrisson's second US chart-topper.

George Harrison Living in the Material World album cover

Music History Today: June 22, 2023

June 22, 1969: Judy Garland died of a barbiturate overdose aged 47.

Judy Garland signed a movie contract with MGM at the age of 13. In 1939, she scored one of her greatest on-screen successes with The Wizard of Oz. In 1950, MGM dropped her from her contract.

Judy Garland
Judy Garland

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Music History Today: June 21, 2023

June 21, 1967: A free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice features performances by The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service in a jam that builds to a lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers in mandalas of psychedelic color.

San Francisco Golden Gate Park Summer Solstice concert poster