Friday, July 24, 2020

Music History Today: July 25, 2020

July 25, 1980: AC/DC release Back In Black, their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died five months earlier.
When a popular band loses its singer, it rarely bounces back to reach the level of success it had prior to the lineup shift. 
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The most remarkable exception to this rule is Australian powerhouse AC/DC, which released the legendary album Back in Black on July 25, 1980. The album was dedicated to the band’s late vocalist Bon Scott, who died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. 
Read more: Loudwire
July 25, 1965: At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.
On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, performing a rock-and-roll set publicly for the very first time while a chorus of shouts and boos rained down on him from a dismayed audience. 
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Bob Dylan
Six weeks earlier, Bob Dylan had recorded the single that marked his move out of acoustic folk and into the idiom of electrified rock and roll. "Like A Rolling Stone" had only been released five days before his appearance at Newport, however, so most in the audience had no idea what lay in store for them. 
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Newport Folk Festival
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With guitarist Al Kooper and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band backing him, Dylan took to the stage with his Fender Stratocaster on the evening of July 25 and launched into an electrified version of “Maggie’s Farm.” Almost immediately, the jeering and yelling from the audience grew loud enough nearly to drown out the sound of Dylan and his band.  
Read more: History


July 25, 1964: "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons, released June 15, was number 1 for a second week. "Memphis" by Johnny Rivers peaked at number 2 the week before and slid to 4 on this day.
"Memphis, Tennessee," sometimes shortened to "Memphis," is a song by Chuck Berry, first released in 1959. 
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In the UK, the song charted at #6 in 1963; at the same time Decca Records issued a cover version in the UK by Dave Berry and the Cruisers, which also became a UK Top 20 hit single. Johnny Rivers' version of the song was a number two US hit in 1964.  
Read more:  Wikipedia


July 25, 1966:  The Monkees recorded "Last Train To Clarksville."
“Last Train To Clarksville” was a Beatles ripoff in just about every conceivable way. Bobby Hart, who co-wrote the song with Tommy Boyce, came up with the title after thinking he heard the phrase “take the last train” on the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer.”
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The song copped the jangly, hazy guitar tone of “Paperback Writer,” and its “no no no” bit is a direct response to the Beatles’ “yeah yeah yeah.” And yet “Last Train” has enough of its own personality that it can stand up to a whole lot of Beatles records.  
Read more: Stereogum


July 25, 1981: "Jessie's Girl",  by Australian rocker Rick Springfield, was the top selling single in America. It would go on to be named Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at next year's Grammy Awards.
Rick Springfield revealed the origins of his classic song “Jessie’s Girl,” explaining that it began life as “Gary’s Girl” then became “Randy’s Girl” before acquiring its final title. 
Rick Springfield
Speaking in a new episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, Springfield said the 1981 song, which appeared on his hit album Working Class Dog, was inspired by a real-life experience of being interested in a woman who didn’t want to know him.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


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