Thursday, June 11, 2020

Music History Today: June 11, 2020

June 11, 1968:  John Lennon recorded "Revolution 9" in one studio at Abbey Road while Paul McCartney recorded "Blackbird" in another for their upcoming LP which became known as The White Album.

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Although it is Bob Dylan who is the single most important figure in rock and roll; and although it is the Rolling Stones who are the embodiment of a rock and roll band; it is nonetheless Our Boys. The Beatles, who are the perfect product and result of everything that rock and roll means and encompasses. 
Read more:  Rolling Stone
June 11, 1957:  Elvis Presley released the single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear."
Although “Teddy Bear” was one of Elvis’s most successful singles on the charts and in record sales, it has continued to be dismissed in every serious discussion of Presley’s most important recordings.  When Rolling Stone magazine published its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” a few years ago, “Teddy Bear” was not among the 11 Presley recordings on the list. 
Read more: Elvis History Blog


June 11, 1973:  Helen Reddy released the single "Delta Dawn."
“Delta Dawn” came from Larry Collins, a guy who was a minor child star in the ’50s. Back then, Larry and his sister Lorrie were the Collins Kids, a cute little rockabilly duo who had some success making a children’s version of the sound that was sweeping the world. After that act died down, Larry formed a songwriting duo with Alex Harvey, and they were a part of the Nashville-country machinery in the ’70s. 
Read more:  Stereogum


June 11, 1979: The Knack released the album Get the Knack.
In early 1979, the band entered the studio with producer Mike Chapman to begin work on their debut. Get the Knack was wrapped up in less than two weeks.
Get the Knack album cover
 "I don't think we did two takes on any song, except for 'Maybe Tonight,'" Fieger once said. "What we had to do was make the record quickly," added Chapman, "because to labor over it would have taken that spontaneity out of it." 
Read More: Ultimate Classic Rock


June 11, 1986: Ferris Bueller's Day Off his theaters. When Matthew Broderick leads a parade through downtown Chicago to The Beatles "Twist And Shout," it renews interest in the group, and the song soon returns to the charts.
You don't hear a lot of Beatles music in modern movies, unless you are a movie like Across the Universe, which is structured around Beatles classics. Maybe it's because Ferris Bueller's Day Off poisoned the well. John Hughes's epic anti-school comedy has a showstopping musical number set to The Beatles' 1963 earworm Twist and Shout, but we are learning -- thirty years later -- that changes Hughes made to the song pissed off executives at EMI. 
Read more:  Cinema Blend


June 11, 1988:  George Michael's album Faith had been bumped from number 1 three times on the Album chart and each time, it returned to the top spot, a remarkable achievement.  On this date, it was in week number 11 at number 1
In 1986, George Michael wandered deep into himself. He realized that, at some point in the five years he had recorded and toured with his bandmate Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!, he had completely lost track of who he was. Michael felt isolated, anxious over what to do next—the future seemed elusive and unstable, as precarious as a song’s placement on the pop charts. 
Read more: Pitchfork


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