Saturday, June 27, 2020

Music History Today: June 28, 2020

June 28, 1971: Rod Stewart released the single "Maggie May." 
It's one of the relatively few songs he had a hand in writing during his solo career, but neither Rod Stewart nor his label thought all that much of 'Maggie May' at first, relegating it to B-side status on the 'Reason to Believe' single.
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 Fortunately for Rod, the general public had bigger plans for 'Maggie,' sending it to No. 1 on the Billboard charts for a whopping five weeks in October 1971.   
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock
June 28, 1962: The Drifters record "Up On The Roof."
Few songs in the Goffin-King canon match the sweeping cinematic grandeur of this ode to the most scenic of urban hideaways, perched atop a high-rise.   Appropriately enough, the song was born among the rat-race noise of a crowded city street. "Carole came up with the melody in the car – an a cappella melody," Goffin told Ken Emerson. "  
 Read more: Rolling Stone: 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Carole King Wrote


June 28, 1965: Herman's Hermits released the single "I'm Henry VIII, I Am."
"I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" is a 1910 British music hall song by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston. The rock and roll styling of the song gave Herman's Hermits their second US No. 1 hit. In their short and fast take of the song, the guitar and bass are considered proto-punk and were a direct influence on the Ramones. 
Read more:  Wikipedia

June 28, 1975: Elvis Presley had the best selling single in America with the Mac Davis written "In The Ghetto."
In 1969 Elvis got the “comeback” record he was looking for when composer Scott “Mac” Davis offered him “In The Ghetto.” Davis went on to have a varied and productive career as a solo performer in the 1970s, but in Elvis circles he will always be remembered as the songwriter who helped Presley revive his career.  
Read more: Elvis History 

June 28, 1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with "One Of These Nights." 
The Eagles were a pretty popular band before they released One of these Nights in the summer of 1975, but that album brought them to a whole other level of success. It was their first LP to reach Number One on the Billboard album chart, and the singles were all over the radio. "Lyin' Eyes" was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey one night when they saw a young couple talking and imagined they were in the middle of a secret affair.  
Read more: Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Eagles Songs


June 28, 1986: Madonna debuted with her single "Papa Don't Preach" at number 42.
By 1986, listeners knew they could rely on Madonna to administer a dose of electric shocks. (Unlike the others, she admitted on "Burning Up," she had no shame.) She promised the outrageous, and she kept her word with “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl.” But in the summer of ’86, the hook-master gave them something else: the unexpected. With “Papa Don’t Preach,” Madonna pulled off one of the greatest bait and switches in pop music history. Her fans — and her critics — went wild.  
Read more:  PBS American Experience


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