Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Music History Today: July 16, 2020

July 16, 1977: "Barry Manilow Live" was the new Number 1 album, dislodging Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours."
Barry Manilow Live is the fifth album by the singer-songwriter Barry Manilow. The album was released in 1977, and it scored quadruple platinum. The album is known for giving the first commercial release to Manilow's VSM ("Very Strange Medley.")
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Before the performance Manilow refers to this as a medley of songs that he included in his act against the values of his "artsy fartsy friends."  It is a medley of commercial jingles Manilow was involved with, either as a writer or performer, before he became a chart star. 
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July 16, 1966: Eric Clapton formed a new band he called Cream
Cream was the first power trio, with Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass, harmonica and vocals, and resident madman Ginger Baker at the kit. 
L-R Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton
They were also the first super-group. Clapton hailed from the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Bruce and Baker from the Graham Bond Organisation, with Bruce having scored a hit with Manfred Mann as well. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

July 16, 1969: The Beatles record "Here Comes The Sun" and "Something."
It may have taken seven years of making records, but with the release of "Something" on Oct. 6, 1969, George Harrison finally had a composition on the A-side of a Beatles single. 
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If someone with the songwriting talents of Harrison had been in any other band, it might have been a different story. But when you've got John Lennon and Paul McCartney on hand, it's no wonder it took so long for Harrison to get his due on the A-side.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

July 16, 1970:  Diana Ross released "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," the second single of her solo career.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is a pop/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. 
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The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and became a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross's first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.  
Read more: Wikipedia

July 16, 1981: Harry Chapin dies in a car crash at age 38.
Harry Chapin was driving on the Long Island Expressway on Thursday July 16, 1981 just after noon, in the left hand fast lane, at about 65 miles an hour, and then for an unknown reason, either because of engine failure or some physical problem put on his emergency flashers near Exit 40 in Jericho, NY. 
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He then slowed to about 15 miles an hour and veered into the center lane nearly colliding with another car at that point. He swerved back left, then back right again and this time went directly in front of a tractor-trailer truck owned by Supermarkets General. The truck could not brake in time and rammed the rear of Harry's blue 1975 VW Rabbit, rupturing the gas tank and causing it to burst into flames.  
Read more: The Harry Chapin Archives

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