Friday, June 26, 2020

Music History Today: June 27, 2020

June 27, 1987: Whitney Houston became the first female artist to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart when her self-titled CD reached the top. 

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The song received mixed reviews from critics, who praised her vocal but critiqued musical arrangement comparing it to her own "How Will I Know" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." 
Read more: Wikipedia
June 27, 1964: Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love" - written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney - hit Number 1 in the US. 
Paul McCartney was 16 when he wrote “A World Without Love.” The song was credited to both John Lennon and McCartney, but Lennon didn’t have anything to do with the song. In fact, he vetoed the idea of the Beatles recording it, mostly because he thought the opening line — “please lock me away” — was stupid. So instead, McCartney gave it away. 
Read more:  Stereogum

June 27, 1964: Jan and Dean's "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" entered Billboards Hot 100.
The origins of "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)" stem from a very popular Dodge ad campaign in southern California that launched in early 1964. Starring actress Kathryn Minner, the commercials showed the white-haired elderly lady speeding down the street (and sometimes a drag strip) driving a modified Dodge. She would stop, look out the window and say "Put a Dodge in your garage, Hon-ey!". The song soon followed and Minner enjoyed great popularity until she died in 1969.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

June 27, 1975: Fandango, which includes the Top 20 hit "Tush," became ZZ Top's second gold album.
ZZ Top finally delivered their fourth album, Fandango!, into record stores on April 18, 1975 to truly unprecedented excitement. It had been nearly two years since they'd last dropped some brand-new music upon their growing legion of fans. Still, thanks to the breakthrough success of their third long player, Tres Hombres, that little band from Texas were now bigger than ever before.
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock

June 27, 1989: The B-52s released Cosmic Thing, their first album, following the death of guitarist and band co-founder Ricky Wilson. 
In the late 80s, after an initial burst of Technicolor freakery around the start of the decade, The B-52s were circling the Where Are They Now? columns, seemingly a wonky remnant of their own past. 
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By the time Cosmic Thing had successfully reinstalled them bigger and better than ever before, the question was answered thus: "Probably in Australia, hovering up sales, or scooping up awards ahoy." 
 Read more: BBC-UK

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