Friday, May 8, 2020

Music History Today: May 9, 2020

May 9, 1987: The Grateful Dead shot the video for "Touch Of Grey" after a concert in Monterey, California.
The Grateful Dead screwed the pooch at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. It was dreadful. 


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Even Phil Lesh, the co-founding bassist, admitted to Rolling Stone magazine several years ago that the Dead’s performance at Monterey Pop stunk. 
Read more:  Voices of Monterey Bay
May 9, 1970: The Guess Who started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "American Woman."  
The Guess Who can thank a bootlegger for their first-ever chart-topping Billboard single."  American Woman" grew out of a loose jam session while on stage, as guitarist Randy Bachman played a riff while frontman Burton Cummings sang whatever came to mind. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

May 9, 1980: "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. 
“I Don’t Like Mondays” was born in January 1979, when Bob Geldof, lead singer of Irish pop band the Boomtown Rats, was in the US doing a radio interview.  He noticed a breaking news story coming out of the Telex machine about a school shooting. By the time he got back to his hotel, Geldof had started writing the song.  The title came from the teenage shooter’s stated motive for the killings. 
Read more:  Mental Floss

May 9, 1987: Starship started a four-week run at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, recorded by the American rock band Starship in 1986. It is a duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. 
Read more:  Fandom

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