Monday, May 25, 2020

Music History Today: May 26, 2020

May 26, 1967: The Beatles masterpiece, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released in the UK, one week before its American debut.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. 
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From the title song’s regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the orchestral seizure and long, dying piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life,” the 13 tracks on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are the pinnacle of the Beatles’ eight years as recording artists.  
Read more: Rolling Stone
May 26, 1972: Mott The Hoople record "All The Young Dudes."
They were the stack heeled rockers who epitomized the '70s with their song All The Young Dudes. 
Mott the Hoople
The biggest chart success Mott the Hoople ever had, the tune was written by the late David Bowie, who'd donated it to the band to stop them from splitting up. But the track, which helped make them a household name, would also become the very thing that tore them apart.
Read more:Wales Online


May 26, 1964: Marianne Faithfull recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song "As Tears Go By." 
If you’re looking for a study in contrasts, you could do worse than compare the two albums released this autumn with Marianne Faithfull’s name on the cover. 
Marianne Faithfull
The first is Come and Stay With Me, a collection of her 1960's singles that opens and closes with two Rolling Stones-related tracks: the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards composition As Tears Go By, and Sister Morphine, co-written by Faithfull and Jagger while their relationship was in its death throes.   
Read more: The Guardian 


May 25, 1973: "Frankenstein" from Edgar Winter Group, the number three Instrumental of All-Time, topped the charts on this date.  
Edgar Winter had “Frankenstein” in his arsenal for years before he knew what to do with it. When Edgar Winter started out, he was a secret weapon. Edgar and his older brother Johnny came from Beaumont, Texas. They were both born with albinism. Together, they came up playing blues-rock.  
Read more:  Stereogum


May 26, 1984: Deniece Williams started a 2 week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with "Let's Hear It For The Boy."
Gliding through the living room of her Bel Air, Calif. home, Deniece Williams shows off a klieg-light smile—and the most fabulous fingernails in town. They are nearly two inches long, lacquered a brilliant pink and totally free of chips or breaks.“I’m just very careful, and I live with super glue,” she confides, the way a skinny person might whisper diet secrets.”  
Read more:  People Magazine


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