Thursday, June 4, 2020

Music History Today: June 4, 2020

June 4, 1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album Born In The U.S.A. 
"If you're listening closely, the lyrics of "Born in the U.S.A." make its subject pretty clear: The 1984 hit by Bruce Springsteen describes a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to desperate circumstances and few options.

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 Listen only to its surging refrain, though, and you could mistake it for an uncomplicated celebration of patriotism. You wouldn't be the only one."  
Read more:  NPR
June 4, 1962: The Beach Boys release their second single, "Surfin' Safari."
The "Surfin' Safari" single backed with "409" was the band's second single and the first single to be released on the band's new label Capitol Records in the United States in June 1962. Originally Capitol Records felt "409" should be the 'A' Side, and first promoted the car song instead of "Surfin' Safari".
Read more:  Wikipedia

June 4, 1966:  Tommy James & the Shondells debuted with their first hit single, "Hanky Panky." 
When rock ‘n’ roll hit the scene in the mid-20th Century, one of the constant refrains was that rock music wasn’t just a step down from the sophisticated pop of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and the like, but a long dive off a steep, slimy cliff. 

In that sense, “Hanky Panky,” as performed by teenage rockers Tommy James and the Shondells, is the epitome of what the elder generation thought all rock ‘n’ roll sounded like.
Read more: ReBeat

June 4, 1970: Carlos Santana records "Black Magic Woman."
Carlos Santana said he was transported back to the first time he played “Black Magic Woman” during every performance of the song. Written by Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and released by that band in 1969, the version recorded by Santana the following year was included on their album Abraxas and has become a signature track." 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

June 4, 1979: Fleetwood Mac records the USC Trojan Marching Band at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for use in their song "Tusk," the title track to their first album since Rumours.

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Fleetwood Mac’s 12th album is both demented and debonair, familiar and foreign — a sprawling double LP that, like the Beatles’ White Album before it, reveled in its own messiness, jumbling together the work of three distinct songwriters. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

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