Friday, June 19, 2020

Music History Today: June 20, 2020

June 20, 1995: Michael Jackson's ninth album, HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I, was released. 

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A decade after Thriller and MTV transformed pop, Michael Jackson releases a collection that combines a classic greatest-hits anthology with a jarring and uneven new album. 
Read more: Rolling Stone (album review August 10, 1995)
June 20, 1966: The Beatles' album, "Yesterday & Today," was released by Capitol Records. It is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image.

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“My original idea for the cover was better – decapitate Paul,” John Lennon once cracked while discussing Yesterday and Today, a 1966 collection of assorted recent Beatles tracks cobbled together for the North American market. 
Read more: Rolling Stone (June 20, 2016)

June 20, 1969: David Bowie recorded "Space Oddity," which he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
David Bowie’s one-time manager Kenneth Pitt said that he knew the singer-songwriter had created something special with ‘Space Oddity’ during a break from filming the original version of the song on 2 February 1969. 
Read more: U Discover Music

June 20, 1969: It was the first of a three-day Festival in Newport, California, featuring: Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon, and Love. 

Northridge, Calif. – Once again violence has severely mauled the face of rock, with several hundred persons injured in rioting outside Newport ’69, what probably was, in attendance, the world’s largest pop festival. 
Read more: Rolling Stone (July 26, 1969)

June 20, 1980: The Rolling Stones released Emotional Rescue.
Like the thermographic photos of the Rolling Stones on the album cover, Emotional Rescue is a portfolio of burned-out cases and fire trails. High-contrast patterns of familiar outlines and blackened patches where the heat has burned and gone, these photographs — like pictures of corpses from some holocaust — are practically unrecognizable.   
Read more: Rolling Stone (album review June 20, 1980.)

June 20, 1981: Stars on 45 went to Number 1 on the US singles chart, a medley of Beatles songs set to a disco beat.
Contrary to popular belief, disco didn't fade from the mainstream when the '70s ended. Exhibit A: On June 20, 1981, the mysterious Dutch group Stars on 45 hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the eminently danceable, disco-based cover-song melange, "Stars on 45 Medley." 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

June 20, 1989: The "Batman: Motion Picture Soundtrack" was released by Prince.
Batdance is the ninth and final track on Prince's eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman), and, two weeks prior to the album's release, Batdance was released as the album's first single, becoming Prince's fourth number one hit.  
Read more: Prince Vault

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