Monday, June 8, 2020

Music History Today: June 9, 2020

June 9, 1973:  The Doobie Brothers moved up the chart from number 22 to 10 with "Long Train Runnin'."
“That song was a jam for the longest time, it literally was,” Doobies singer and guitarist Tom Johnston tells UCR. “I would make up different words every night while we were playing it live, because we were in clubs and it didn’t really matter. 

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The only thing we had was ‘Without love, where would you be now?’" Album producer Ted Templeman urged the group to finish what he saw as the beginnings of a track that could potentially be huge.
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock
June 9, 1934:  Jackie Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan. 
Jackie Wilson was one of the most important agents of black pop's transition from R&B into soul. In terms of vocal power (especially in the upper register), few could outdo him; he was also an electrifying on-stage showman. He was a consistent hit-maker from the mid-'50s through the early '70s, although never a crossover superstar. 
Read more:  All Music

June 9, 1958: Sheb Wooley hit the top of the Billboard chart with a novelty song called "The Purple People Eater."
"The Purple People Eater" tells how a strange creature descends to Earth because it wants to be in a rock 'n' roll band. The premise of the song came from a joke told by the child of a friend of Wooley's; Wooley finished composing it within an hour. The song establishes that the creature eats purple people, but not whether or not it is itself purple.  
Read more: Wikipedia

June 9, 1979: Breakfast in America locked down the Number 1 spot on the Album chart as Supertramp's breakthrough. 

Breakfast in America album art
They had released five studio albums in seven years with solid results and when work began in April 1978, Supertramp devoted more time to their next album than any other. They were nurtured by Jerry Moss, co-founder (and the “M”) of A&M Records.  
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June 9, 1986: Genesis released Invisible Touch, their most successful album.
Invisible Touch was a worldwide success and reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. 
Invisible Touch album cover
It remains the band's highest selling album after it was certified multi-platinum for over 1.2 million copies sold in the UK and 6 million sold in the US. Genesis became the first band and foreign act to have five top five singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, with "Invisible Touch" being their first and only song to reach No. 1 on the charts.  
Read more: Wikipedia

June 9, 1990: Exactly 25 years to the day after Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys reached number one with "Help Me Rhonda," his daughters Carnie and Wendy, along with John Phillips' daughter Chynna, had the top song in the US with "Hold On."
“Hold On” was Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips’ first No. 1 single, and it was the standout track from their band’s self-titled debut album, which dropped on May 8, 1990. In the 25 years that have followed, it’s probably helped a few people overcome a hardship. At the very least, the video must have inspired someone to propose a day of singing in the mountains and then wearing matching black dresses to the beach. 
Read more: People

Long Train Runnin'
The Doobie Brothers

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