Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Music History Today: May 13, 2020

May 13, 1966: The Rolling Stones release "Paint It Black", one of the first Rock records to use a sitar. 
The year 1966 was one of the most interesting in the history of pop music.  Right alongside the groundbreaking singles and albums by the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Mothers of Invention, were the Rolling Stones, right in the middle of things.
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock
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May 13, 1967: The Monkees' second album, More Of The Monkees, went to number 1 on the UK charts. 
The Monkees' TV show made its debut in the fall of 1966. At first, the music for the series was meant to be background for the story, and the records were designed as no more than quick cash-ins to the program.  

More Of The Monkees alternate album cover with blue frame

But something very few people thought of: What if the songs were really good, and the band became huge? That's exactly what happened when the Monkees' debut single, "Last Train to Clarksville," soared to the top of the chart not long after the series premiered. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


May 13, 1970: Badfinger records "No Matter What," which will reach number 8 in the US. 
Badfinger were the band who, above most others, had a direct line to The Beatles, in the months immediately before and after the split of the world’s most famous group. There’s no denying the huge boost the quartet received from the sponsorship of the megastars, both in terms of their record deal with Apple and in studio support. But on 6 November 1970, when they released the single ‘No Matter What,’ Badfinger proved they could stand on their own two feet.   
Read more:  U Discover Rock


May 13, 1978: "Night Fever" by The Bee Gees is replaced at number 1 by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," another song written by the Bee Gees and also featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.   
If you were listening to the radio in the first half of 1978, you were hearing a whole lot of Barry Gibb. In one 15-week run, four songs that Barry Gibb wrote or co-wrote went to number 1 on the Hot 100. 

 

All of those number 1 hits arrived in a row. With that streak, Gibb broke a record set by the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who’d had three consecutive #1 hits in 1964. To this date, no other songwriter has ever had that many consecutive number 1s. I’m not sure if it would even be possible.   
Read more:  Stereogum


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