Monday, May 18, 2020

Music History Today: May 19, 2020

May 19, 1973: Paul Simon released the single 'Kodachrome' which became a Number 2 hit in the US. 
Like most songs, Simon’s songs have a meaning that is inspired by personal experiences.  In 1973, he released the song, Kodachrome, which depending on who you ask, may be open to interpretation. 

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Simon sings about his Nikon camera and his color film, being Kodachrome (Kodak Company) but in my humble opinion, it seems to be somewhat of a coming of age song.  
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May 19, 1960: The Drifters record "Save The Last Dance For Me."
In a 1990 interview  songwriter Doc Pomus tells the story of the song being recorded by the Drifters and originally designated as the B-side of the record. He credits Dick Clark with turning the record over and realizing Save The Last Dance was the stronger song. The Drifters' version of the song would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop chart, in addition to logging one week atop the U.S. R&B chart. 
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May 19, 1975:  Elton John released the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy in the United States. 
This is one of Elton John’s best albums. He hasn’t tried to top past successes, only to continue the good work he’s been doing. And he’s succeeded, even taking a few chances in the process. The record is devoid of the gimmicky rock numbers from the Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player phase. It isn’t weighted down with the over-arranging and overproduction that marred so much of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It sounds freer and more relaxed than Caribou. 
Read More:  Rolling Stone

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