Saturday, August 1, 2020

Music History Today: August 2, 2020

August 2, 1953: Skeeter Davis was breaks both her arms and legs in a car crash outside Cincinnati, Ohio. Her singing partner, Betty Jack Davis, was killed.
Country singer Skeeter Davis had a successful string of hits on both the country and pop charts. She is best known for her own version of “The End of the World” in 1963.
Skeeter Davis

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During her teens she was a former member of the duo The Davis Sisters (with high school friend Betty Jack Davis, though they were unrelated) and recorded under the labels Fortune and RCA. They were a successful duet before a car crash killed Betty Jack and left Skeeter Davis injured. 
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August 2, 1958: Buddy Holly's version of "Rave On" peaks at number 5 on the UK chart. The record is one of Holly's last hits during his lifetime.

Buddy Holly
"Rave On" was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty in 1958. It was first recorded by West for Atlantic Records. Buddy Holly recorded the song later the same year, and his version became a hit, one of six of his recordings that charted in 1958.   
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August 2, 1969: Badfinger recorded "Come And Get It", produced in Abbey Road Studios by Paul McCartney.

Badfinger
Paul McCartney wrote "Come and Get It," originally for a now-forgotten movie starring Ringo Starr, then held a demo session on July 24, 1969. He began with a single run through where he sang and played piano, then did a second vocal while playing maracas. Finally, McCartney added drums and bass. He was done in less than an hour.  
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August 2, 1969: "Spinning Wheel" reached the top for Blood, Sweat & Tears on the Easy Listening chart.
Released as a single in 1969, "Spinning Wheel" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July of that year, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks. "Spinning Wheel" was kept out of the #1 position by both "The Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" by Henry Mancini and "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans. In August of that year, the song topped the Billboard Easy Listening chart for two weeks.  
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August 2, 1972: Brian Cole, an original member of The Association, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28. He played bass on the hits "Windy," "Cherish" and "Never My Love."



End of the World
Skeeter Davis


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