Friday, May 15, 2020

Music History Today: May 15, 2020

May 17, 1976: The Rolling Stones' album Black and Blue hit Number 1 in America. From this album comes their ballad "Fool to Cry."  
Although the Rolling Stones now sing about their children and families as often as their stupid girlfriends, we still try to retain our old image of them, under our thumbs and out of our heads. 

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Musically, the Stones aren’t the same band anymore, either, although the continued use of the same rudiments — the drumming, the ceaseless riffing, the vocal posturing — might make it seem otherwise at a hasty glance.
Read more: Rolling Stone
May 15, 1963: The Hollies began recording their first sessions for their first album. "Stay with The Hollies" was released in January 1964. 
The Hollies have notched up over thirty hits since 1963 as one of the best and most commercially successful pop/rock acts of the British Invasion. When the Hollies began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock & roll covers that provided the staple diet for countless British bands of the time.
Read more: The Association

May 15, 1965: The Byrds entered Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time with their version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."
Released on June 21, 1965, the Byrds’ debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man, marked the beginning of the folk-rock revolution. In just a few months, the Byrds had become a household name, with a #1 single and a smash-hit album that married the ringing guitars and backbeat of the British Invasion with the harmonies and lyrical depth of folk to create an entirely new sound. 
Read more:  History

May 15, 1982: Tommy Tutone reached the American Top 5 with "867-5309 / Jenny."
One of the most famous phone numbers in popular music is up for sale – or at least, one version of it is. 867-5309, the titular digits of Tommy Tutone's 1982 hit, has been listed in an eBay auction by New Jersey DJ Spencer Potter.  Potter is not just selling the phone number, which would violate the telephone company's rules, but rather the DJ business to which the phone number is linked. 
Read more:  The Guardian (February 4, 2009)

Fool to Cry
Rolling Stones

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