Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Music History Today: June 3, 2020

June 3, 1967: The Doors released a truncated version of "Light My Fire" as a single. 
“Light My Fire” begins, like Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, with a single snare-drum shot.
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 And, as with Bob Dylan’s clarion call, when The Doors’ signature song topped the US charts in July 1967, it was a case of the pop mainstream embracing a counterculture beacon.  
Read more: Financial Times

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June 3, 1967: Aretha Franklin's "Respect" hits number 1 in America. The song was written and originally recorded by Otis Redding, whose version hit number 35 in 1965.
You know that Aretha Franklin's "Respect" is one of the greatest Soul tracks of all time. You might not know the loaded gender history behind its lyrics. Or that Otis Redding actually wrote and released the song first. Or that, by flipping the song on its head, Franklin gracefully pulled off one of the most important pop music reinventions in American history. 
Read more:  CBS News


June 3, 1970: The BBC refused to play The Kinks' new single "Lola" because of its reference to a brand named "Coca-Cola." So Ray Davies flew from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."
"Lola" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by English rock band the Kinks. The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possible transvestite or transgender person he meets in a club in Soho, London, with the narrator describing his confusion towards a person named Lola who "walked like a woman and talked like a man". 
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June 3, 1991: Bonnie Raitt released the single "Something To Talk About."
"Something to Talk About" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U.S. radio on June 3, 1991.  Anne Murray wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers did not think it would be a hit. She still called the album that she released that year Something to Talk About even though it did not include this song.  
Read more: Wikipedia


June 3, 1995: Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" starts a five-week run at number 1 on the US singles chart.
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" is a song written by Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, and recorded by Adams for the film Don Juan DeMarco (1995). The melody is used as a musical motif through the film, and the song is featured three times in the movie, twice performed by other artists in Spanish, and finally performed by Adams himself during the closing credits. 
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