Sunday, June 7, 2020

Music History Today: June 8, 2020

June 8, 1974:  "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings was the new number 1 song.  

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Band on the Run finds McCartney walking a middle ground between autobiographical songwriting and subtle attempts to mythologize his own experience through the creation of a fantasy world of adventure — perhaps remotely inspired by his having recently written “Live and Let Die.” He does it by uniting the myth of the rock star and the outlaw, the original legendary figure on the run.  
Read more:  Rolling Stone
June 8, 1963:  "Another Saturday Night" from Sam Cooke occupied the number 1 spot on the R&B chart.
"Another Saturday Night" is the title of a 1963 hit single by Sam Cooke from the album Ain't That Good News. The song was written by Cooke while touring in England when staying in a hotel room where no female guests were allowed. It reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was No. 1 on the R&B chart for a single week.  
Read more: Wikipedia


June 8, 1967:  Procol Harum had the number 1 U.K. song with "A Whiter Shade Of Pale."
The general consensus is that “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” is a snapshot of a drunken sexual escapade gone awry. Yet the song defies a specific interpretation, instead conjuring various shades of melancholy which are embellished by the mournful music and Brooker’s pained delivery. 
Even when you can’t quite understand their meaning, Reid, who was clearly influenced by Dylan’s surreal story songs from the mid-60’s, writes lines that leave a lasting impact, right from the immortal opener: “We skipped the light fandango.” 
Read more:  American Songwriter


June 8, 1970:  Bread released the single "Make It With You."
"When Bread broke big, Gates returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a visit, at which point he was treated like a conquering hero. (To be fair, he had definitely conquered the pop charts, so it wasn’t entirely inappropriate.)  
When the press got in touch with Gates’s mother and asked her about her son’s success, she acknowledged her pride in her boy, but she admitted that she didn’t understand why he had to go and title his band’s new single 'Naked with You.' "  
Read more:  Rhino


June 8, 1976: Blue Öyster Cult releases the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" from their "Agents Of Fortune" album. It becomes their biggest hit. 
When you hear the riff, something deadly is on the way. Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest hit single, “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” has been spooking film audiences for nearly 40 years, ever since its release in May 1976. 
Read more: New York Times


Band On the Run
Paul McCartney and Wings

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