Monday, June 22, 2020

Music History Today: June 23, 2020

June 23, 1973: George Harrison's album Living in the Material World became the new number 1, taking the place of Red Rose Speedway from Paul McCartney & Wings.
At last it’s here, beautifully-packaged with symbolic hand-print covers and the dedication, “All Glories to Sri Krsna.” 
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Even if Living in the Material World were as trivial and regressive as McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway, there would be many who would dub it a pop classic. Happily, the album is not just a commercial event, it is the most concise, universally conceived work by a former Beatle since John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.  
Read more: Rolling Stone (album review July 19, 1973.)
June 23, 1959: Eddie Cochran records "Somethin' Else."
Eddie Cochran was one of the first great stars of rock & roll and an artist whose influence would far outstrip his brief career, which was cut short when he died in an auto accident in 1960. Cochran would often be cited as one of the pioneers of rockabilly, but his style was more muscular and less twangy than those of his peers, adding a bluesy accent to the music that meshed comfortably with his country-influenced melodies. 
Read More: All Music Biography


June 23, 1965: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release "The Tracks Of My Tears."  
Smokey Robinson... had this to say in an interview with Billboard in 1989:  
“Once I learned how to write songs, I recognized the fact that there are no new words. There are also no new notes on the piano or guitar. And there are really no new ideas. So you have to work within the framework of what’s been going on for thousands of years since language began. You have to work within that parameter. So the trick for me was to try and say the same thing differently.” 
Read more: American Songwriter


June 23, 1967: Aretha Franklin records "Chain Of Fools"which reaches number 2 in the US the following January.
"Chain of Fools" is a song written by Don Covay. Aretha Franklin first released the song as a single in 1967 and subsequently it appeared on many of her albums. 
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
 
Asked by Jerry Wexler, producer with Atlantic Records, to create songs for Otis Redding, Covay recorded a demo of "Chain of Fools," a song he had written in his youth while singing gospel with his brothers and sisters. 
Read more: Wikipedia


June 23, 1975: Jefferson Starship releases Red Octopus. 
Jefferson Starship's two-times platinum smash Red Octopus will always be best known for its Marty Balin-sung No. 3 hit "Miracles." But the album, released on June 13, 1975, was much more than the sum of its breakout song. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


June 23, 1980: The Rolling Stones release 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.)


Give Me Love
(Give Me Peace On Earth)

George Harrison


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