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 Number 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.  
The Ronnettes
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. 
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August 24, 1974: Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" hits Number 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. 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.
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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."

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