Thursday, July 9, 2020

Music History Today: July 9, 2020

July 9,1964: Courtney Love (of Hole) is born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California.
“Courtney and Kurt are the nineties, much more talented version of Sid and Nancy,” a record executive once noted. “[Courtney's] going to be famous and [Kurt] already is, but unless something happens, they’re going to self-destruct. I know they’re both going to be big stars. I just don’t want to be a part of it.” 
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Courtney Love & Kurt Cobain
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Courtney Love & Kurt Cobain
That was a quote taken straight from the infamous 1992 Vanity Fair story on Courtney Love, written by Lynn Hirschberg, who would go on to depict the Hole frontwoman as an obnoxious, rabble-rousing, image-obsessed opportunist who reveled in being the newly anointed Mrs. Cobain.    
Read more:  Biography
July 9, 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" becomes the first Rock song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Pop chart.
Dick Clark called it "the National Anthem of Rock 'n' Roll.” But "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets almost disappeared after its release as a B-side. 
Written in late-1952 by lyricist Max Freedman and music publisher James Myers (under his pseudonym Jimmy De Knight), Haley released "Rock Around the Clock" on May 20, 1954, and it remains one of the cornerstones of rock music. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

July 9, 1956: Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. The first song played on the national edition was Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shaking Goin’ On.”
Television, rock and roll and teenagers. In the late 1950s, when television and rock and roll were new and when the biggest generation in American history was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this now-obvious combination. 
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The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old native of upstate New York named Dick Clark, who transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-and-roll era.   
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July 9, 1969: The Beatles recorded "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" for the White Album at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, a jaunty McCartney-penned song about a homicidal maniac, was considered by its author to be a potential Beatles single. Instead it ended up as a track on the group’s 1969 album Abbey Road. 
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"‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ was my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don’t know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell’s hammer."  
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July 9, 1977: The Steve Miller Band hits number 8 in the US with "Jet Airliner."
When Steve Miller first heard the song “Jet Airliner,” it was an angry piece written about a negative experience in the music industry. That was before he turned it into a Top 10 hit. It had been penned by blues-rocker Paul Pena in 1973, and tackled the subject of his unhappiness over working on his album New Train which, as a result of disagreements, remained unreleased for 27 years. 
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock

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