Monday, July 13, 2020

Music History Today: July 14, 2020

July 14, 1912: Woody Guthrie is born in Okemah, Oklahoma. 
American folk icon Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912. A poet of the people, Guthrie wrote some of America's most important songs, including "This Land Is Your Land." 
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He penned ballads that captured the heart of hard economic times and war. While Guthrie left a lasting mark on music, culture and politics, he struggled with family poverty, tragedies and personal demons.
Read more: NPR
July 14, 1964: The Rolling Stones topped the U.K. chart with "It's All Over Now."
Written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack, “It’s All Over Now” was was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack in 1964. 
The Rolling Stones
During their North American Tour the same year, the Rolling Stones heard the song and decided to record their version nine days later at Chess Studios in Chicago, despite initial criticism from Bobby Womack.  The song was first released as a single in the UK, where it peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on July 14, 1964, giving the Rolling Stones their first number one hit. 
Read more: Pop Expresso


July 14, 1969: The Archies released the single "Sugar, Sugar" on Don Kirshner's label after the initial release on Calendar Records failed to chart.
The year 1969 was great for music. But who knew that the year that produced songs like "Fortunate Son," "Age Of Aquarius" and "Everyday People" would crown a bubblegum pop tune by a fictional cartoon band as its top song of the year? 
"Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies — yes, from the comics — was named No. 1 on Billboard's Year-End Countdown in 1969. The song first hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Sept. 20 of that year.  
Read more:  NPR


July 14, 1978: The Talking Heads released their first career single--their remake of the Al Green song "Take Me To The River."
"Take Me to the River" is a 1974 song written by singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges. 
The Talking Heads
The band Talking Heads recorded the song for their second album More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978). Their version, recorded with co-producer Brian Eno in Nassau, Bahamas, was edited and released as a single, and reached # 26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.  
Read more: Wikipedia


July 14, 1979: Donna Summer's "Bad Girls," a song about prostitutes, hits number 1 in America.
Every producer/DJ has the dream of creating an album like Donna Summer’s Bad Girls—whether they admit it or not. 
This is partly due to the fact that the flawless, multi-genre songs on Bad Girls blend into each other without any gaps much like a most technically smooth DJ.  
Read more: Rock & Roll Globe


This Land is Your Land
Woody Guthrie


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