Sunday, August 16, 2020

Music History Today: August 17, 2020

August 17, 1991: Nirvana shoot their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Released in 1991, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ appeared on Nirvana’s second album ‘Nevermind.’
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The song and its accompanying video helped usher in a new wave of grunge and alternative rock dominance. The official video was uploaded to YouTube in June 2009 and has hit one billion views. It's the second-most-viewed 90s music video on the streaming platform, behind only Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’, which to date has racked up nearly 1.3 billion views.    
Read more: NME
August 17, 1967: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap record "Woman Woman."
"Woman, Woman" is a ballad centered around Gary Puckett's soulful vocals. The lyrics are from the perspective of a man who senses that his wife is dissatisfied with him sexually, and fears that she is going to start cheating on him. The song went to number 3 on Cash Box and number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1968.  
Read more: Wikipedia

August 17, 1969: Woodstock moves into day three, with performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Joe Cocker.
Woodstock, a three-day festival that started on Friday, August 15, 1969, wasn’t the only memorable festival of its time, but it remains the touchstone. 
Woodstock day three
The mythology holds that Woodstock changed lives and transformed the world – and what promoter wouldn’t want to claim that? Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: Three Days Of Peace And Music,” the epic event that would later be known simply as Woodstock become synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 60s.  
Read more: U Discover Music


August 17, 1974: Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died" hits number 1, where it will stay for one week.

"The Night Chicago Died" wasn't the band's first attempt at a hit in America. Paper Lace were the first act to record “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero,” the half-assed tearjerker story-song that briefly conquered America. 

Paper Lace took the song to #1 in the UK, but as they were planning the song’s American release, a band of cheery Ohio goofs called Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods recorded their own cover of “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero,” and that’s the one that made it to #1 in the US.  
Read more: Stereogum

August 17, 1993: Police in Los Angeles began an inquiry into child abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.
The investigation began after the son of a Beverly Hills dentist told his therapist that Jackson sexually abused him. Jackson's security staff claimed the allegations followed a failed attempt to blackmail the singer for 20 million dollars. Although no criminal charges were ever laid, lawyers for the 13 year-old filed a civil suit a month later claiming damages for sexual battery, seduction and other allegations. The suit was settled out of court in January 1994 for somewhere between $5 to $24 million.    
Read more: Vulture


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