Sunday, August 2, 2020

Music History Today: August 3, 2020

August 3, 1971: Paul McCartney announced that he had formed a new band called Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blue guitarist Denny Laine.
After the Beatles' break-up in 1970, McCartney recorded two albums: McCartney (1970), credited to himself, and Ram (1971), with wife Linda.

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 Ram was recorded in New York City, where McCartney auditioned a number of drummers and guitarists. After the release of Ram, McCartney decided to form a new group. McCartney invited Denny Laine, whom he had known since the early 1960s, to join.  
Read more:  Wikipedia
August 2, 1968: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their third million-copy seller, "Lady Willpower."
"Lady Willpower" is a song written by Jerry Fuller and recorded by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap for their 1968 album Incredible. It is sung from the point of view of a man who is frustrated that the woman he is seeing will not agree to have sex with him. 
Gary Puckett &
the Union Gap
He promises, if she complies, to "shower [her] heart with tenderness," but it is also implicit that the relationship will end ("It's now or never") if she does not.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 3, 1971: Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy" was certified Gold.
"It Don't Come Easy" is a song by English rock musician Ringo Starr that was released as a non-album single in April 1971. It was produced by George Harrison,

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

Starr's former Beatles bandmate, who also helped write the song, although only Starr is credited. The pair performed it together in August 1971 at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh shows in New York City, a recording from which was released on the live album of the same name.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 3, 1974: Labelle released the single "Lady Marmalade." 
It might be the first French phrase you ever learn: “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” You already know the meaning: “Will you sleep with me tonight?”  And if you don’t know it, you can probably patch it together, just by context. 
Because on a song as exuberantly raunchy as “Lady Marmalade,” you can safely assume that the unfamiliar French phrase is going to be something direct and sexual.    
Read more:  Stereogum

August 3, 1994: Sheryl Crow released her Tuesday Night Music Club debut album on A&M Records.
Rocker Sheryl Crow never banked on her 1993 album “Tuesday Night Music Club” being a game-changing breakthrough. The CD pumped out hit after hit: “All I Wanna Do,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Strong Enough,” “Can”t Cry Anymore.” 
Tuesday Night Music Club CD cover
Grammy came calling with trophies for best new artist, record of the year and best female pop vocal performance. The CD kicked off Crow”s long-running love affair with the awards.  
Read more: Monterey Herald

Paul McCartney & Wings

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