Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Music History Today: August 11, 2020

August 11, 1956: Elvis Presley's double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel" - "Hound Dog" was released.  

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August 11, 1968: "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" became the first Beatles' single to be released on their own Apple Records.
It's one of the most famous songs of the 20th century and an anthem that, to this day, still ends the main set of Paul McCartney's solo concerts. On July 29, 1968, the Beatles began recording "Hey Jude," a process that would take one week and two studios to complete.  
As the Beatles' musical ambitions grew, so did their recording sessions. Five years earlier, they banged out most of their debut album, Please Please Me, in less than 12 hours. Now they had their label's blessing to take as much time as they needed. No longer restricted to EMI's rigid three-hour sessions, they could begin in the evening and work into the wee hours of the morning.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

August 11, 1973: The Edgar Winter Group released "Free Ride."
Written by singer-songwriter and record producer Dan Hartman, ‘Free Ride’ was performed by The Edgar Winter Group and featured on their 1973 album They Only Come Out at Night. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Rick Derringer, Dan Hartman and the late Ronnie Montrose (featured only on the studio version) playing alongside Edgar Winter, this exclusive 1973 performance of ‘Free Ride’ is nothing short of impressive.  
Read more:  Society of Rock

August 11, 1982: Chicago scored the second Number 1 song of their career with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry."
Written in 1982 by American rock band Chicago, ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ is possibly one of the most romantic songs ever written – seriously!
Between the impossibly smooth harmonies and vocalist Peter Cetera’s trying desperately to hold on to a relationship that has fizzled out, promising to make up for his indiscretions by any means necessary, it’s pretty hard not to get sucked in by this uber-romantic soft rock ballad. 
Read more: Society of Rock

August 11, 1992: The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota, with Ray Charles performing "America The Beautiful." 
In a promotional video, the mall’s general manager proclaimed, “I believe we can make Mall of America stand for all of America.” 
Indeed, its 520 stores cut across demographics, from the upscale Coach boutique to the Dollar Tree. But some of our nation’s problems quickly emerged as well: guns, gangs, violence. And so the mall instituted one of the country’s first shopping curfews for teenagers.  
Read more: Minnesota Monthly

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