Monday, August 10, 2020

Music History Today: August 10, 2020

August 10, 1947: Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson is born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
As a singer, guitarist and harmonica player, he served his apprenticeship in various blues bands before Jethro Tull formed in 1967, the same year in which Anderson took up the flute, on a whim. 
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
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In the 70s, Tull’s idiosyncratic blend of progressive rock, hard rock and folk music made them one of the biggest bands in the world.
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August 10, 1968: Guitarist Mason Williams tops the Cashbox chart with his own composition, "Classical Gas."
"Classical Gas" is an instrumental musical piece composed and originally performed by Mason Williams with instrumental backing by members of the Wrecking Crew. Originally released in 1968 on the album The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, it has been re-recorded and re-released numerous times since by Williams.
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August 10, 1970:  Simon & Garfunkel dominated the U.K. Album chart with Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Bridge over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. 
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
Following the duo's soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "Bye Bye Love" (previously a hit for the Everly Brothers). The lead single from 1970's Bridge over Troubled Water album. "Cecilia" was released in April 1970 as the third single. 
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August 10, 1970: Neil Diamond released the single "Cracklin' Rosie."
By 1970, when Neil Diamond hit number 1 with “Cracklin’ Rosie,” he was already a veteran. 
Neil Diamond
He’d been a broke Brooklyn kid, a collegiate fencing champion, and a Brill Building songwriter. He’d been recording singles since 1962, and he’d written a bunch of hits for the Monkees, including the almighty “I’m A Believer.” 
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August 10, 1974: Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" hits number 1 in America.
“Feel Like Makin’ Love” came out of a difficult time for Roberta Flack. After working day jobs and struggling, she’d become a star in her mid-30s, thanks to a fluke appearance on the soundtrack of a Clint Eastwood movie. During the sessions for her Feel Like Makin’ Love album, Flack’s regular producer, Joel Dorn, abruptly walked out. Another producer didn’t work out. So Flack produced the album herself.  
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