Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Music History Today: June 10, 2020

June 10, 1922: Judy Garland is born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Tensions were very high in her parents’ marriage, and Garland would often reflect on this throughout her career. 
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“As I recall, my parents were separating and getting back together all the time. It was very hard for me to understand those things and, of course, I remember clearly the fear I had of those separations.” While the girls were away on auditions, Gumm would allegedly make moves on the young boys who worked in his theater. 
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June 10, 1967: The Monkees record "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
On 10 July 1967, the Monkees’ single Pleasant Valley Sunday was released. Their recording of this classic Gerry Goffin/Carole King composition made it to number 3 in the US charts. 

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Pleasant Valley Sunday was notable for being the first Monkees’ A-side to be recorded after the acrimonious split earlier in 1967 when they ousted their former musical supervisor Don Kirshner and seized creative control.  
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June 10, 1970:  Edwin Starr released the single "War." 
The song, released at the peak of the Vietnam conflict in 1970, went to the top of the Billboard singles chart in the United States and to number 1 in Canada. It broke into the top 10 in several other countries, including the U.K., Norway and Germany. It was a true universal anthem of its time, a statement understood everywhere.  
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June 10, 1971: Marvin Gaye sent the single "Mercy Mercy Me" to radio stations.
Nearly a decade before arguably his last greatest hit “Sexual Healing” in 1982, the late great Motown icon Marvin Gaye released “Mercy Mercy Me (Ecology Song).” A single on the legendary 1971 What’s Going On album, “Mercy Mercy Me” rocketed to #1 on the R&B and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. 
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June 10, 1975: The Eagles release their fourth album, One Of These Nights. It includes "Take It to the Limit," one of the few Eagles songs with a lead vocal by Randy Meisner.
Randy Meisner should have felt like he was on top of the world in 1977. 
Over the past six years, the Eagles’ bassist had watched his group rise from Linda Ronstadt’s anonymous backing band to the most popular rock act in the world. Their 1976 LP Hotel California sold by the millions and they spent the following year headlining arenas and stadiums all across the world. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

June 10, 1978: Joe Walsh's comic depiction of Rock stardom, "Life's Been Good," is released. 
If you want an insight into the mind-befuddling that takes place when you’re a rock superstar, “Life’s Been Good” tells you everything you need to know. Brits often say that Americans don’t get satire, but “Life’s Been Good” is living proof that Joe Walsh, at least, did get it.
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