Friday, August 21, 2020

Music History Today: August 22, 2020

August 22, 1969: The Beatles are photographed together for the last time. Photos from the session are used on the front and back covers of their Hey Jude compilation album.
Looking back, the clues were always there. If the Beatles were in leather and collarless suits? That meant "I Want to Hold Your Hand." 
Hey Jude compilation
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If they had shaggier haircuts? They were at the beginning of their sonic adventures. Mustaches and flouncy shirts? That's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Long hair and beards, as we see in the photograph above? Just about at the end. Even the most casual fan can spot, with a passing glance, the era – and what was at stake – with the final pictures taken on Aug. 22, 1969.
Hey Jude compilation album back cover
At this point, the Beatles had most of Abbey Road in the can. We find them all boasting bushy beards, save for the clean-shaven Paul McCartney. There are wide-brimmed hats for George Harrison and John Lennon. The occasion was two days after they recorded their last session as a four-piece, at Tittenhurst Park, Lennon and Yoko Ono’s recently purchased 72-acre estate in Sunninghill.  
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock
 August 22, 1966: The Association released the single "Cherish."
The Association had the standard rock guitar/drums/keyboards setup; they played songs inspired by the Beatles and the Byrds; they’d even serve as the opening act for Monterey Pop in 1967. Yet there’s the sense that they’d have been just as comfortable playing Kingston Trio-style collegiate folk five years earlier, or Four Preps-ish vocal pop a decade before.

They opted for pretty harmonies over raw power, their music as airy and iridescent as soap bubbles and just as clean (rumors of drug references in “Along Comes Mary” notwithstanding). The group’s demeanor, too, was more in line with professional entertainers than garage thrashers. Even the name “the Association” sounds more like a business conglomerate than a pop band, an impression furthered by their dress code (suits) and personality (friendly but faceless).  
Read more: Reabeaat Mag


August 22, 1970:  Sugarloaf's "Green-Eyed Lady" the fastest-rising song of the week; from 92 to 65 on this date.
"Green-Eyed Lady" was written by Jerry Corbetta, J.C. Phillips and David Riordan. The song was featured on the Sugarloaf's debut album and was their first single. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 and was RPM Magazine's number one single for two weeks. It remains the band's most popular song.  
Read more: Wikipedia


August 22, 1979: Led Zeppelin released their final album of original material, "In Through the Out Door." The LP featured the Top 40 single, "Fool in the Rain." 
Fans grieved for singer Robert Plant when his young son Karac suddenly passed away in the summer of 1977, and held out hope through years of breakup rumors as his band went on hold while Plant dealt with his loss. 
In Throug the Out Door album sleeve
Led Zeppelin would eventually return in August 1979 with their eighth studio LP, In Through the Out Door, but the band's fate was far from certain even before the tragedy that prompted their hiatus. "The 1977 tour ended because I lost my boy, but it had also ended before it ended, really," suggested Plant in Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band. 


August 22, 1983:  Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton released the single "Islands In The Stream."
"Islands in the Stream” was written by the Bee Gees. The tune was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name. Co-writer Robin Gibb once told ABC News that he and his brothers originally wrote the song with Marvin Gaye in mind.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

When Rogers got a shot at “Islands,” he went in to record it solo and just didn’t click with it, he has admitted in several interviews over the years. Parton just happened to be at the same recording studio, so the two musicians tracked her down and approached her about turning the song into a duet.   
Read more: Rolling Stone


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