Saturday, May 16, 2020

Music History Today: May 16, 2020

May 16, 1966: Bob Dylan's iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching number 9 in the US charts. 
 “I was going at a tremendous speed… at the time of my Blonde on Blonde album,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner in 1969. 
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On Blonde on Blonde, all the tension and angst of Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home were blown wide open to reveal pure freedom. It’s rock’s first double-album monument, where the distance between Dylan’s imagination and his music collapsed entirely: 
Read more:  Rolling Stone 
May 16, 1966: The Beach Boys released the classic album Pet Sounds. 
Brian Wilson got blown away by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, and Pet Sounds was his response. 

He paid the price for ditching their hit-making formula when Pet Sounds flopped. Now it’s one of the planet’s most beloved albums (ranking number two on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums).  
Read more: Rolling Stone


May 16, 1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with "Deja Vu." 
Déjà Vu is the first album by the rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. 

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It was released in March of 1970 by Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-7200. It topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: "Teach Your Children," "Our House," and "Woodstock."
 Read more:  Discogs


May 16; 1981:  Kim Carnes started a nine week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Bette Davis Eyes."
Her hair was Harlow gold, just like in ‘Bette Davis Eyes,’ the song that helped Kim Carnes become an overnight sensation in ten years. 

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 The song amassed an epic total of nine weeks (in two spells) at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the singer-songwriter born on 20 July 1945. Its parent LP Mistaken Identity unseated Styx’s Paradise Theatre to begin a four-week run atop the US album chart on 27 June 1981.  
Read more:  Discover Music

May 16, 1987: U2 started a three week run at number 1 on the US singles chart 'With Or Without You', the group's first US number 1. 
"With or Without You" is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album's first single on 21 March 1987. 

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The song was the group's most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada by topping theBillboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week.  
Read more:  Rock Fandom


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