Thursday, August 20, 2020

Music History Today: August 20, 2020

August 20, 1948: Robert Plant, best known as Led Zeppelin's lead singer, is born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England.

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August 20, 1968: The last time all four of The Beatles were at EMI Studios in London. They completed mixing "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."
‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ was written by John Lennon and closed side one of the Abbey Road LP. A cry of love in several parts, it was recorded over a six month period between February and August 1969.  
The Beatles
 The Beatles had first played the song several times in January 1969, during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions.  Originally with the working title ‘I Want You’, the group returned to it less than a month later, as the first song to be recorded for Abbey Road. 
Read more: Beatles Bible

 

August 20, 1973: The Rolling Stones release "Angie."
Over the years many have speculated that the song was inspired by Angie, David Bowie’s wife, or even Keith’s daughter.
Keith, who wrote the majority of the song’s music and lyrics, said in his autobiography that the name Angie came to him while in Switzerland detoxing from his heroin addiction.
Read more:  u Discover Music

August 20, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Cosmo's Factory hits number 1.

With the release of Cosmo's Factory in July 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival hit their commercial zenith.  It was their fifth album in two years and became an international smash, topping the album charts in six countries.
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 20, 1983: Taco's cover of  Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On the Ritz" reaches number 9, making 95-year-old Berlin the oldest living songwriter to land a Top 10 song.



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