Saturday, July 11, 2020

Music History Today: July 11, 2020

July 11, 1970: The soundtrack to the 1969 Woodstock concert became the first triple-disc album to top the Billboard chart.
Fifty years ago, more than 400,000 people descended on Bethel, New York, headed to a dairy farm owned by Max and Miriam Yasgur, where the Woodstock Music & Art Fair was being held. 
Woodstock album cover photograph
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Planners had told the Yasgurs and town officials that they expected no more than 50,000 attendees, and were overwhelmed by the huge crowds  Over three days, 32 acts performed onstage, including Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix. 
Woodstock became a major cultural event, amplified by news coverage, a popular documentary film, and the music that became symbolic of an era.  
Read more: The Atlantic (August 14, 2019)
July 11,1964: The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" topped the UK chart.
The Animals' take on "House of the Rising Sun" has been hailed as a folk-rock breakthrough, the first non-Beatles-related British Invasion No. 1 smash, and the song that convinced Bob Dylan to go electric. 
But producer Mickie Most hated it, at least in the beginning. Most, who Jeff Beck once dubbed a "popcorn producer," was looking for an easily digestible hit song. The Animals wanted something different.  
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock

July 11, 1969: The Rolling Stones released "Honky Tonk Women" in the USA.
"Honky Tonk Women" is a 1969 hit song by the Rolling Stones. It was a single-only release, available from July 1969  in the United Kingdom, and a week later in the United States.
Rolling Stones 1969
 It topped the charts in both nations. The song is on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

July 11, 1970: The Who released their cover of "Summertime Blues."
The Who played "Summertime Blues" as a staple of their concerts from their early days up to 1976, with intermittent appearances thereafter. It has not been played since the death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002.
The Who 1967
It was performed during the 1967 US tour, from which the first known Who recordings of the song were made, including a June 1967 date at the Monterey Pop Festival. The first version to be released by The Who appeared on the 1970 album Live at Leeds. The single from this album peaked at number 38 in the UK and number 27 in the US.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

Woodstock '69
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