Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Music History Today: June 25, 2020

June 25, 2009:  Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering heart failure from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in Beverly Hills. 
Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, died unexpectedly at age 50 in 2009. 
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The news of Jackson's death quickly went viral and started global reflection and mourning for his sudden loss. Jackson overdosed on propofol given to him by a doctor. Here's everything you need to know about the drug and Jackson's death.    
Read more: Newsweek

June 25, 1963: George Michael was born in East Finchley, Middlesex, England. 
As a teenager, George Michael formed the band Wham! with high school friend Andrew Ridgeley. In 1984, the duo had their first worldwide hit with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." Two years later, Michael went solo, releasing a hit debut album Faith, which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. .  
Read more:  Biography


June 25, 1969: The Hollies record "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," accompanied by Elton John on piano.
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is a ballad written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. Originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year. 
 
The Hollies' recording, sung by Allan Clarke and featuring Elton John on piano, was released in the UK on 1 September 1969 and on 1 December 1969 in the US. It reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 7 in the US. 
Read more: Wikipedia

June 25, 1970: Chicago release "25 or 6 to 4" from Chicago II.
The song “25 or 6 to 4” appeared on “Chicago II” and was written by organist/vocalist Robert Lamm. The title and lyrics have puzzled many since it appeared in 1970. 

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Some say it’s a drug reference, suggesting a unit of measurement involving the quantity of joints that can be rolled from a what-used-to-be dime bag.    
Read more:  The Straight Dope


June 25, 1975:  Gary Wright, keyboardist with Spooky Tooth, released the great solo album The Dream Weaver.
According to Gary Wright, the song "Dream Weaver" was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison. Paramhansa Yogananda's poem "God! God! God!" made reference to "the idea of the mind weaving dreams".
Read more:  Wikipedia


June 25, 1984:  The Soundtrack to "Purple Rain" from Prince was released.  
The lead single from Purple Rain, "When Doves Cry" also became Prince's first single to top the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for five weeks. And it became a hit without a single note of bass. 
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 Prince
Although the multi-track tape of "When Doves Cry" has Prince's playing bass, he said in 1999 that he removed it from the final mix because it "was just sounding too conventional." However, Revolution bassist Brownmark feared for his job when he heard it, telling us, "I was like, 'What does this mean? You getting rid of me, dude?'"  
Read more: Ultimate Prince


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