Friday, May 22, 2020

Music History Today: May 23, 2020

May 23,1969: The Who released Tommy, a rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who plays a mean pinball.
At long last, Tommy is with us. Pete Townshend‘s been talking about doing his opera for years. 

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And now we have a double album set that’s probably the most important milestone in pop since Beatlemania. For the first time, a rock group has come up with a full-length cohesive work that could be compared to the classics.  
Read more:  Rolling Stone
May 23, 1960: "Cathy's Clown" reached Number 1 in its sixth week of release for the Everly Brothers
Written by Don and Phil Everly, the music of “Cathy’s Clown” took its inspiration from a classical source: Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite.” Don Everly clarified the song’s origins in a 1982 interview with the Radio Time.
Read more: Rhino

May 23, 1964: Dusty Springfield released the single "Wishin' And Hopin'."  
"Wishin' and Hopin'" is a song, written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, which was a Top 10 hit for Dusty Springfield in 1964. 

Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield

The song was first recorded by Dionne Warwick in the fall of 1962, and was the B-side of Warwick's single "This Empty Place" (also recorded in the fall of 1962) in the spring of 1963; the track was also featured on Warwick's debut album Presenting Dionne Warwick. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 23, 1966: The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" was released in the US.
‘Paperback Writer’ was a standalone single released in June 1966, written by Paul McCartney and recorded over two consecutive days during the Revolver sessions. The song ‘Rain’ was on the b-side.
Read more:Beatles Bible

May 23, 1975: Elton John's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" album was released in the UK.
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 Stones

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