Monday, July 6, 2020

Music History Today: July 6, 2020

July 6, 1972: David Bowie performed "Starman" on Top Of The Pops.
In the glory days of Top of the Pops you couldn’t watch things again. You retained them in the archive of your memory. 

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People watched hungrily, believing it would be their only chance. It’s only slowly, in the years since 1972, that I realized that I wasn’t the only one for whom this was a key moment.
Read more: The Guardian
July 6, 1964: The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night premiered at The Pavilion in London. 
When it opened in September, 1964, "A Hard Day's Night" was a problematic entry in a disreputable form, the rock 'n' roll musical.
The Beatles were already a publicity phenomenon (70 million viewers watched them on "The Ed Sullivan Show"), but they were not yet cultural icons. Many critics attended the movie and prepared to condescend, but the movie could not be dismissed.  
Read more: Roger Ebert
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July 6, 1968: The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US Number 1 single when 'Jumpin Jack Flash' hit the top of the charts.
On May 24th 1968, The Rolling Stones released their timeless anthem ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. It’s arguably one of the band’s greatest achievements, which, considering their career is full of momentous highs, really says something. The zealous track epitomizes everything we all love about The Stones.  
Read more:  Far Out Magazine

July 6, 1973:  Queen released their debut single "Keep Yourself Alive" in the UK.
Brian May wrote "Keep Yourself Alive" after the band had been formed, but before John Deacon joined, as confirmed by former bass player Barry Mitchell. According to what May said in a radio special about their 1977 album, News of the World, he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek, but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. 
Read more : Fandom

July 6, 1979: The B-52s released their self-titled debut album, featuring one of their signature songs in "Rock Lobster."
How the B-52's’ ‘Rock Lobster’ Brought John Lennon Back to Music
“I was at a dance club one night in Bermuda,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in an interview recorded three days before his death in 1980. 
The B-52s' debut album
“Upstairs, they were playing disco, and downstairs I suddenly heard ‘Rock Lobster’ by the B-52’s for the first time. Do you know it? It sounds just like Yoko’s music. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

July 6, 1985: Phil Collins' "Sussudio" - a song about a girl with a funny name - hits Number 1.
On this day in 1985, Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Sussudio" which was his third US No.1 hit.  The track only made it to No.12 in his native UK.  
Phil Collins
The song is also the first track on Collins' third album, No Jacket Required, which also spawned the hits "One More Night" and "Don’t Lose My Number." 
Read more: Genesis Fan

Top Of The Pops
David Bowie

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