Saturday, June 13, 2020

Music History Today: June 14, 2020

June 14, 1961: Boy George (lead singer of Culture Club) is born George Alan O'Dowd in Eltham, London, England.

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Singer Boy George was born George Alan O'Dowd on June 14, 1961, in Eltham, London, to parents Gerry and Dinah O'Dowd. George grew up in a lively household with his four brothers and one sister.  
Read more:  Biography
June 14, 1960: "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers was becoming one of the biggest hits of the 60's, remaining at number 1 for the fourth week.
"Cathy's Clown" was The Everly Brothers' first single for Warner Bros., after they had recorded for Archie Bleyer's Cadence label for three years. 

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It sold eight million copies worldwide, spending five weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the R&B chart.
Read more: Wikipedia


June 14, 1965:  Sonny & Cher released the single "I Got You Babe." 
Sonny Bono, a young record producer, wrote I Got You Babe” late at night on a piano in his garage. His girlfriend at the time, Cher, was sleeping. 
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He woke her up and played the song for her, asking her to sing it. To which she agreed, only so she could go back to bed.  Initially, Cher didn’t like the song. It wasn’t until Sonny did a little tweaking for her voice that she started to come around.  
Read more: Rare Entertainment

June 14, 1975: America's "Sister Golden Hair" hits number 1 in the US. The song is produced by George Martin and contains a guitar riff borrowed from George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."
It's perhaps no surprise that America's "Sister Golden Hair" shares a Beatlesque guitar line, considering the presence of producer George Martin. But the connection actually runs deeper. 
"I very openly tip my hat there to 'My Sweet Lord,'" composer Gerry Beckley told Songfacts in 2016. "I was such a fan of all the Beatles, but we knew George [Harrison] quite well and I just thought that was such a wonderful intro." 
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock


June 14, 1980: Billy Joel's Glass Houses is the number 1 album for the first of six consecutive weeks.

In 1980, Billy Joel was in an interesting position. He had achieved massive multiplatinum success in 1977 with his fifth album, “The Stranger” and his 1978 follow-up, “52nd Street” won Album of the Year at the Grammys. Joel was 30 years old and at the top of his game.  
Read more: Newsday


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