Thursday, July 23, 2020

Music History Today: July 24, 2020

July 24, 1971:  Marc Bolan & T. Rex had the number 1 song in the U.K, "Get It On."
‘Get It On’ was the single’s original U.K. title and Marc Bolan and his group took the track, originating from the album ‘Electric Warrior,' to No. 1 in 1971. 
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Marc Bolan of T Rex
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Later, when the single was released in the USA (Jan. 1972) it was re-titled ‘Bang A Gong (Get It On)’ to distinguish it from another song with the same name by a band called Chase. The single went to No. 10 on the Billboard chart and turned out to be T.Rex’s shining moment and their biggest selling hit. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock
July 24, 1964: Marvin Gaye records "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You."
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" was released as a single in September 1964.
Marvin Gaye
 It peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1965 and at number three on US Billboard's R&B Singles chart. Up to that point, it was Gaye's most successful single with record sales exceeding 900,000 copies.  
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July 24, , 1967: Jefferson Airplane's second album "Surrealistic Pillow" is certified Gold on the strength of the Top Ten hits, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit." 
Her performance alongside Jefferson Airplane on ‘Somebody to Love’ remains an iconic moment of the Summer of Love.
Grace Slick
 The band’s 1967 break-out album Surrealistic Pillow was almost continuously played through the streets of Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, the epicentre of the counter-culture movement. Alongside ‘White Rabbit’, more often than not the sound on the street was none other than Grace Slick. 
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July 24, 1976:  Peter Frampton moved from 7 to 1 with the album Frampton Comes Alive.
Frampton Comes Alive! is a double live album by English rock musician Peter Frampton released in 1976. I
Peter Frampton
t is one of the best-selling live albums in the United States. "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do" were released as singles; all three reached the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and frequently receive airplay on classic rock radio stations.  
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July 24, 1978: The movie Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, opens in New York City. It bombs at the box-office and the critics were vicious in their reviews.
In 1978, the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton had both reached mega-stardom status, selling millions of records, with their faces plastered on magazine covers everywhere and playing sold-out concerts to venues across the globe. 
The Bee Gees as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The sky was the limit, and they reached it. Unfortunately, there was nowhere to go but down. Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood hatched a plan for a movie based (ever so loosely) on the legendary Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Casting his clients and Frampton as the stars of the movie seemed like a sure winner on the financial front. But instead everything went wrong.  
Read more:  Ultimate ClassicRock


July 24, 1982:  Jennifer Holiday moved into the number 1 position on the R&B chart with "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is a torch song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.
Jennifer Holliday
 It's  is sung by the character Effie White, a singer with the girl group In 1982, Jennifer Holliday, the actress who portrayed Effie in the original Broadway production, released the song as a single. It was her first single release and it met with great success.  
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