Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Music History Today: May 27, 2020

May 27, 1963: The album Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. 
“I wrote a lot of songs in a quick amount of time,” said Bob Dylan of the creative explosion that resulted in his second album, 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. 

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“I could do that then, because the process was new to me. I felt like I’d discovered something no one else had ever discovered, and I was in a sort of an arena artistically that no one else had ever been in before ever.”  
Read more: Rolling Stone
May 27, 1957: "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets was released. 
“That’ll Be The Day” was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison, with Norman Petty on productions. Holly and Allison had gone to see the film The Searchers, which starred John Wayne. 

Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Buddy Holly & The Crickets

In the movie, Wayne’s character would say, “that’ll be the day” when someone would say that something would happen and he believed it wouldn’t.    
Read more:  Daily Doowop

May 27, 1971: Canadian light Rock group, The Bells, was awarded a Gold record for "Stay Awhile."
Cliff Edwards and his future wife Anne Ralph originally began as a duo act, playing covers of the popular hits of the day around the Montreal area. 

The Bells
The Bells

By the latter part of '66 they were convinced by manager Kevin Hunter to form an actual recording group, and added Ralph's younger sister Jacki to share vocal duties, Doug Gravelle on drums and keyboardist Gordie McLeod, and The Five Bells was born. Before long Mickey Ottier had replaced McLeod, and they continued touring the Canadian clubs for the next couple of years.  
Read more: Canadian Bands

May 27, 1975: Paul McCartney released "Venus & Mars." 
John Lennon probably had nothing whatsoever to do with Venus and Mars, the new Wings album, but somehow the ghost of his sincerity not only haunts but also accentuates the cool calculation of the McCartney project. 

A jarring primal scream or two might make me feel less enraged by Paul and Linda’s chic, unconvincing and blatant bid to be enshrined as pop music’s Romeo and Juliet.
Read more: Rolling Stone

May 27, 1995: Cracked Rear View, the debut by Hootie & the Blowfish, hit Number 1 in America nearly 10 months after its release.
Hootie & the Blowfish are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band’s debut album, Cracked Rear View, this year. 

Hootie and the Blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish

The monumental record is currently the tenth best-selling album of all time in the U.S., certified 21x Platinum by the RIAA since its 1994 debut, as well as the best-selling debut album of all time. 
Read more:  The Music Universe

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