Sunday, August 30, 2020

Music History Today: August 30, 2020

August 30, 1975: Rod Stewart earned his fifth number 1 album in the U.K. with Atlantic Crossing.
Atlantic Crossing boasts both a new producer and supporting musical cast.
Atlantic Crossing album cover by Rod stewart

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The new backup musicians, mainly from Muscle Shoals and Memphis, provide the kind of crisp, authoritative, very spare basics that manage to suggest much of the pre-1975 Stewart as well as something completely different. 
Read more:  Rolling Stones
August 30, 1965: Bob Dylan released the acclaimed album Highway 61 Revisited on Columbia Records.
Recorded in a staggering six days, Highway 61 Revisited is one of those albums that changed everything. 
Bob Dylan Highway 61 album cover
In and of itself, "Like a Rolling Stone," rumored to be about Andy Warhol acolyte Edie Sedgwick, forever altered the landscape of popular music – its "vomitific" flow, literary ambition and sheer length shattered limitations of every kind. "Ballad of a Thin Man" delivered the definitive Sixties comment on the splintering hip-straight fault line: "Something is happening here, but you don't know what it is/Do you, Mister Jones?" 
Read more:  Rolling Stones

August 30, 1975: Orleans enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "Dance With Me," which would climb to number 6. 
“Dance With Me” was the work of John Hall and Johanna Hall. She was a former journalist who’d followed her muse to become a lyricist, he was the guitarist and vocalist for Orleans, and at the time they were married and penning pop songs together. 

Best of Orleans album cover dance with Me
One day, John played a melody for Johanna. Johanna had a feeling of what the song title should be, but John rejected it as too simple. Then they were driving one day and she thought of the lyrics;  ‘Pick the beat up and kick your feet up’ and finally he agreed to let her write the song with the title she wanted: ‘Dance with Me’.”  
Read more:  Rhino

August 30, 1980: "Sailing" by Christopher Cross was Billboard's top single. It swept the Grammy Awards the next Spring when it won for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year.
Christopher Cross came from San Antonio, and he spent years toiling on that city’s club circuit, playing in a blues-rock cover band. 

Sailing by Christopher Cross album cover green with pink flamingo

He was apparently friendly with people like ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he tells a story that he once played with Deep Purple, filling in for Ritchie Blackmore at a San Antonio show when Blackmore was too sick to play. Cross was already in his late twenties when he signed to Warner Bros. When he released his self-titled 1979 debut album.  
Read more: Stereogum

August 30, 1983:  Huey Lewis and the News released the single "Heart And Soul."
"Heart and Soul" is a song written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and made famous by Huey Lewis and the News. 
Huey Lewis & the News Sports album cover
The song was first recorded by Exile in 1981 as the title track of their album Heart and Soul. Exile's single failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100. Huey Lewis and the News' version was released as the first single from the album Sports in 1983. The single peaked at number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that November and number one on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It was nominated for a Grammy in the category Rock Vocal, Group.  
Read more:  Wikipedia


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