Monday, July 27, 2020

Music History Today: July 28, 2020

July 28, 1956: Elvis Presley's "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" became the number one song on the country charts.
"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" is a song written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff, and produced by Steve Sholes.
Elvis Presley

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It is best known for being Elvis Presley's seventh single release on the RCA Victor label. It was released in May 1956, becoming Presley's second number 1 single on the country music charts, and peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard Top 100 chart, an earlier version of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia
July 28, 1969: The Beatles record "Polythene Pam" and "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window."
“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by the Beatles on their album Abbey Road. 
The Beatles
It was inspired by fans who broke into McCartney’s St John’s Wood home. Diane Ashley says: “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.”
Read more: Paul McCartney Project

July 28, 1962: Tommy Roe's "Sheila" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at number 93, on its way to number 1 by September 1st. 
The Atlanta-born Roe was still working as an electrician when “Sheila” hit #1, and his bosses at RCA reportedly had to advance him $5000 to get him to quit his General Electric job and go out on tour. Roe had been cranking out singles for a couple of years before “Sheila,” but the song still sounds like the work of someone who wasn’t a professional and who had no real aspirations to become professional.  
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July 28, 1973: Bette Midler remained at number 8, the highest stop on the chart for her "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." 
Bette Midler included "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" on her 1972 The Divine Miss M album, and released it as the B side of the album's second single, "Delta Dawn." 
Bette Midler "Divine Miss M" poster
However, "Delta Dawn" met resistance from radio, due to competition from Helen Reddy's version. The single was quickly flipped, with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" becoming the new A side. Midler's version peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in mid-1973. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 28, 1976: The Steve Miller Band's album, "Fly Like an Eagle" goes Gold, on its way to Platinum. The LP features the title track, "Rock'n Me," "Take the Money and Run," and "Jet Airliner."
After nearly a decade of cranking out high-fidelity psychedelic blues, the Steve Miller Band finally hit #1 at the beginning of 1974 with “The Joker.”  All of a sudden, Steve Miller was something like a pop star. And Miller couldn’t handle it. After “The Joker” hit #1, Miller quit touring for a couple of years. While he was in the middle of his hiatus, the organizers of the UK’s Knebworth Festival got in touch with Miller. They wanted him to play the 1975 festival that Pink Floyd would headline.   
Fly Like an Eagle album cover
Miller didn’t like the idea of taking the booking, and he thought he’d be in the death slot before Floyd: “The sun would be going down. It would be really cold. There wouldn’t be any lights on the stage. It would be a lousy time.” But he couldn’t bring himself to turn down the money. So Miller decided to write a fun rock song, something that would get the crowd on his side and potentially “kick [Floyd] in the butt.” “Rock’n Me” is what he came up with.  
Read more: Stereogum


I Want, I Need you, I Love You
Elvis Presley


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