Saturday, July 11, 2020

Music History Today: July 12, 2020

July 12, 1971: Radio stations start running a Coke commercial called "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke."
In 1971 Coca-Cola launched one of its very first in-color TV commercials. 
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It was named; “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” and has been called, “one of the best-loved and most influential ads in TV history”. It featured a multicultural cast with actors and actresses from over 20 countries singing together on a hilltop in Italy. All holding a cold bottle of coke in their hands.
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July 12, 1960: Floyd Cramer releases "Last Date."
When Floyd Cramer picked up his phone in Nashville in the spring of 1984, there was an unmistakable voice on the other end of the line. It was Michael Jackson, inviting the famed pianist to perform at an event honoring matriarch Katherine Jackson. “I’ve been listening to ‘Last Date’ all my life,” said Michael, referring to Cramer’s 1960 signature instrumental. 
July 12, 1969:  Billed as "The Ultimate Supergroup," Blind Faith begin their one and only US tour with a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden. 
On February 8th, 1969, three anointed stars of the music world announced the formation of the first true “Super Group,” Blind Faith. Featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood, and, a few months later, 
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Ric Grech, the band had all the eyes of the music world squarely on them, as Blind Faith’s debut was easily one of the most anticipated moments in music history.  At the time, no one would know how quickly the promise of magic to come would turn into a tale of wasted potential.  
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July 12, 1975: K.C. and The Sunshine Band make their US Pop chart debut with "Get Down Tonight."
In the 1970s, at the height of disco fever, the Florida group KC And The Sunshine Band were one of the biggest acts in the world with five No 1 singles, including "Get Down Tonight,"  "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." 
Harry Wayne Casey aka KC
Looking at the run of success and number of hits, one could argue that outside of the Bee Gees and the queen of disco, Donna Summer, KC And The Sunshine Band were the most successful band of the disco era.  
Read more:  Forbes

July 12, 1979: Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl held the infamous 'Disco Demolition Night' between games of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Disco Demolition Night was a Major League Baseball (MLB) promotion on Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, that ended in a riot. At the climax of the event, a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field between games of the twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. 

Chicago DJ Steve Dahl
Many of those in attendance had come to see the explosion rather than the games and rushed onto the field after the detonation. The playing field was so damaged by the explosion and by the fans that the White Sox were required to forfeit the second game to the Tigers.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

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