Sunday, May 17, 2020

Music History Today: May 18, 2020

May 18, 1968: The first Miami Pop event took place, with an estimated 25,000 people attending.
The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two unrelated music festivals that took place in May and December 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in Hallandale, Florida (now called Hallandale Beach), just north of Miami. 
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The first took place on May 18–19, 1968, and was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. The main headliners included The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  
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May 18, 1974: Ray Stevens started a three-week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with the novelty song "The Streak."
With his 1974 hit, singer-songwriter Ray Stevens tapped into a phenomenon that was taking hold across the nation. He wasn't the only one trying to write a novelty hit about streaking, but much like its namesake, "The Streak" outpaced the competition. He recalled its inspiration — and the "monster" response it got from radio listeners — to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International.  
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May 18, 1985: Simple Minds were at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Don't You Forget About Me." 
In 1985, the Simple Minds cut "Don't You (Forget About Me)" ran during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. The global success of the chart-topping breakout No. 1 hit drove sales of the film's soundtrack, which reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in America. 
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May 18, 1991: REM went to Number 1 in America with their seventh album, Out of Time, which features the tracks "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People." 
When British rock monthly Q granted R.E.M.’s sixth album, Green, a five-star review, they posed the question: “Are R.E.M. the best band in the world?”  At the time of writing, few serious rock’n’roll fans would have argued the toss, yet by the time the group came off the road after their rapturously received Green world tour, perhaps the more pressing question was: “Are R.E.M. becoming the biggest band in the world?” 
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Foxey Lady (Miami Pop 1968)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 

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