Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Music History Today: June 24, 2020

June 24, 1985: Dire Straits released their single "Money For Nothing."
By 1985, Dire Straits were already hugely successful, yet the single “Money for Nothing” would elevate the band into the upper level of rock stardom. 
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Credit for the song’s popularity can be partly attributed to another classic rock group, ZZ Top.
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock
June 24, 1963: Peter, Paul & Mary released the Bob Dylan-penned classic "Blowin' In The Wind." 
"Blowin' in the Wind" is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released as a single and on his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in 1963. It has been described as a protest song, and poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war, and freedom. 
The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind". 
Read more: Wikipedia

June 24, 1966:  Janis Joplin performed for the first time as lead singer for Big Brother & the Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
Big Brother & The Holding Company – along with bands like The Grateful Dead,  Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service – is considered one of the original, first wave of great psychedelic bands that came out of San Francisco in the summer of 1965. 
Janis Joplin
They auditioned several singers but it wasn’t until Chet Helms convinced fellow Texan, Janis Joplin to come out to San Francisco that the band was complete.  
Read more: BBC


June 24, 1968:  The Doors released the single "Hello, I Love You."
“What a great opener, ‘Hello, I love you, tell me your name,'” the Doors‘ drummer John Densmore says. “Like, whoa, OK. That’s aggressive. You’re in love with me but you don’t know my credentials?” 
Jim Morrison
He laughs and says that kind of pickup line was not frontman Jim Morrison’s style at all, even if he did write the lyrics. 
Read more: Rolling Stone (2018 interview)


June 24, 1972:  "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers took over at the top of the R&B chart.
Legendary soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers died from heart complications this week, leaving behind a catalogue of music with the enduring power to connect people. 
Never has that been more apparent than just these past few weeks, as people across the world have been singing his 1972 classic “Lean on Me” to spread positivity during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Inspired by quarantined Italians singing off of their balconies, people are singing the song in hospitals, in neighborhoods, and hanging out of windows. 
Read more:  Vulture


June 24, 1974:  The Guess Who released the single "Clap For The Wolfman."
"Clap for the Wolfman" is a song written by Burton Cummings, Bill Wallace, and Kurt Winter and performed by The Guess Who about Wolfman Jack. It reached #4 in Canada and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. 
Wolfman Jack
 
The song appeared on their 1974 album, Road Food. It is an homage to Wolfman Jack, who is featured on the recording. The song was ranked #84 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1974. 
Read more: Wikipedia


Money For Nothing
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