Thursday, May 28, 2020

Music History Today: May 29, 2020

May 29, 1992: The principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey, doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song "We Are The Champions" at their graduation ceremony. 
CLIFTON, N.J. -- Eighth-graders at the Sacred Heart School may have lost their graduation ceremony, but the flap over their choice of song has brought them offers from MTV and Sally Jessy Raphael.  
Read more:  UPI Report

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May 29, 1965: The Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks. 
This week marks the 50th anniversary of a song that is considered by many to be a rock ‘n roll classic, by others as an an ear-worm impossible to forget and to me an anthem to my lovely wife. On February 24, 1965, the Beach Boys recorded “Help Me, Rhonda.” The song, written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, peaked at #1 on May 29, 1965, knocking the Beatles “Ticket to Ride” from the top spot.  
Read more: The Weekly View (2015)

May 29, 1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records label. 
Composed by Stills, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” was famously written about singer Judy Collins, who was – at least at the time of its writing – Stills’ girlfriend. 
In fact, Collins was actually in the studio when he recorded the original demo of the song. The song is number 426 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Read more:  Rhino

May 29, 1971: Canada's Five Man Electrical Band enters the US charts with what would prove to be their biggest hit and signature tune, "Signs."
The concept for Signs originated as Les Emmerson was driving down Route 66 in California. He became aware of the countless billboards and advertisements, which effectively blocked all views of the scenery. Emmerson viewed this as a metaphor for the obstacles that Five Man Electrical Band faced as they struggled to break into the music scene.    
Read more: Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

  "We Are The Champions"

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