Friday, July 10, 2020

Music History Today: July 10, 2020

July 10, 1947: Arlo Guthrie is born in Coney Island, New York.
Born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947.  
Arlo Guthrie
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Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie
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July 10, 1967: The Monkees released the single "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
The year 1967 was great for The Monkees: their hit television show was wildly successful, they were outselling both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, and they won the freedom to write, record, and play their own original content. 
The Monkees
The Monkees recorded ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday,’ a song written by critically acclaimed songwriting duo Carole King and Gerry Goffin. 
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July 10, 1972: Chicago released the album Chicago V on Columbia Records.
Although Chicago had certainly enjoyed robust popularity over the course of their first four releases, 'Saturday in the Park' gave them their biggest hit to that point. 
Rising to No. 3 on the Billboard charts, it helped catapult the album it was drawn from, 'Chicago V,' to smash status. In fact, the LP went on to spend more than two months at the top of the charts, ending 1972 as one of the year's biggest sellers.  
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July 10, 1976: The Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" hits #1 in America.
Before David Letterman made it big, he was on The Starland Vocal Band Show. 
Starland Vocal Band
You may not remember that show, but you've no doubt heard that band's smash hit, "Afternoon Delight."  (Starland Vocal Band Show: Episode One 1977) In the summer of 1976, "Afternoon Delight" soared to number one on the pop charts. 
The Starland Vocal Band consisted of two married couples- Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert Danoff, and Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. The foursome was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won two for Best New Artist and Best Vocal Arrangement. 
Read more: USA Today


July 10, 1981: Rick James releases "Super Freak."
Rick James? Aw, man! The guy was a super freak. He invented punk-funk. What a dude! He was badass. 
Rick James
Yet history kinda let this pioneer of brittle, bruising good-time groove slip from its memory. Look here, he even had a huge influence over Prince – so Rick James said, anyway. Repeatedly! 
It’s about time we paid the guy some respect. Because while his life may have been troublesome, even horribly brutal at times, musically he was great, OK?  
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