Sunday, August 23, 2020

Music History Today: August 24, 2020

August 24 1996: "Missing" by an English duo called Everything But The Girl breaks the all-time chart stay record when it appears on the Billboard chart for the 55th week.
"Missing" is a song by British popular music duo Everything but the Girl, taken from their eighth studio album Amplified Heart. 
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August 24, 1963: The Ronettes scored their only Billboard Top Ten hit when their first effort for Phil Spector, "Be My Baby," rose to #2. 
My favorite story about The Ronettes’ Be My Baby isn’t that its iconic intro was a fluke when drummer Hal Blaine accidentally missed a beat and created one of the most recognizable three seconds in music is a wonderful bit of pop mythology.  Nor is it that when Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys first heard the song on his car radio he was so taken aback by its brilliance he had to pull over.  
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Or that on a night out in London John Lennon asked the band’s lead singer Ronnie Spector (then Ronnie Bennett) to sing a little bit of Be My Baby into his ear and then, in her words, “almost passed out."   It’s that, when 19-year-old Ronnie was in the studio to record the song, she quietly took herself away from producer Phil Spector and a room packed with musicians and went to the ladies’ bathroom to practice her vocals. It was there that Be My Baby’s famous ‘whoas-ohs’ and ‘oh-oh-oh-ohs’ were born.    
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August 24, 1974: Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" hits #1 for the first of three weeks despite condemnation from feminist groups.
The whole idea behind “(You’re) Having My Baby” is this: Anka’s wife is pregnant with their child, and Anka thinks this is just awesome — mostly because he views the act of human conception as being somehow about him: “Having my baby / What a lovely way of saying how much you love me / Having my baby / What a lovely way of saying what you’re thinking of me.” So the entire life of this impending child is simply a reflection of just how much this one particular woman fawns over Paul Anka.  
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August 24, 1981: The Rolling Stones release Tattoo You. The big hit from the album is "Start Me Up." Another song off the album is "Waiting on a Friend."

Meanwhile, back in the States, the Rolling Stones converged on Greenwich Village in Manhattan to shoot a promotional video for “Waiting on a Friend,” a song from their forthcoming album. 
With a camera crew grinding away under the guidance of Michael Lindsay-Hogg (director of the Beatles‘ Let It Be), the action opened with Mick Jagger sitting on a front stoop chatting with some locals.
Soon he was joined by Keith Richards, and the two strolled up the street, lip-syncing the song’s lyrics along the way. They turned into a “local pub” (actually, the St. Mark’s Bar and Grill, a popular Village bistro), where they joined Ron Wood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts — the “local band” — and the group commenced pounding out the rest of the tune. After the filming, the Stones launched into a brief garage-band-style jam for the few patrons in the bar, while a small crowd outside cheered. Further shooting was done later at the Taft Hotel.  
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August 24, 1995: Microsoft's Windows 95 was released using a commercial featuring The Rolling Stones song "Start Me Up" (a reference to the Start button). Microsoft detractors were quick to point out, contains the lyrics "You make a grown man cry."

Everything But The Girl

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