Sunday, May 31, 2020

Music History Today: June 1, 2020

June 1, 1969: In Montreal, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" in his  hotel room to close out their "bed-in."  
A honeymoon is usually a vacation taken by a couple after marrying, a time to do something fun just the two of them. 

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But after John Lennon of The Beatles and the Japanese artist Yoko Ono wed in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, they did something different, using their honeymoon to raise awareness of an issue much bigger than themselves: world peace. 
Read more at: Time
June 1, 1959:  "The Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton took the number 1 position on the United States charts.  
Johnny Horton spent some time as a rockabilly singer before finding a home in country music, but the biggest single of 1959 — like the biggest single of 1958 before it — had nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll. Instead, it was a novelty march, one that did its best to transform the horrors of war into a fun, silly romp. 
Read more: Stereogum


June 1, 1963: "It's My Party" shot up from number 9 to 1, giving Lesley Gore her only number 1 song.
Lesley Gore, a teen artist embraced by other teens when she sang "It's My Party" in 1963, died Monday of cancer in Manhattan. She was 68 years old.  Gore's string of hits came before 1960s counterculture reached its heights. Gore's clear emphatic and authoritative voice helped her define the sound of the post-Elvis, pre-Beatle rock and roll.  
Read more: NPR - February 16, 2015 

June 1, 1970: Black Sabbath released their debut album in the United States.  

Black Sabbath album cover art
Fittingly released on Friday the 13th in February 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album entwines dark, disturbing lyrics with heavy propulsive music freighted with gravitas and dread in a brand new genre: heavy metal.
Read more:Ultimate Classic Rock

June 1, 1983: The Police released the album Synchronicity in the United States. It was released June 17 in the U.K.  
Synchronicity is a work of dazzling surfaces and glacial shadows. Sunny pop melodies echo with ominous sound effects. Pithy verses deal with doomsday. A battery of rhythms — pop, reggae and African — lead a safari into a physical and spiritual desert, to “Tea in the Sahara.” 
Synchronicity album cover art
Synchronicity, the Police’s fifth and finest album, is about things ending — the world in peril, the failure of personal relationships and marriage, the death of God.
Read more: Rolling Stone


Give Peace A Chance (1969)
Plastic Ono Band

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