Sunday, August 30, 2020

Music History Today: August 31, 2020

August 31, 1987:  Billy Idol released his remake of Tommy James & the Shondells song "Mony Mony."
“Mony Mony” means nothing; literally nothing. But to Billy Idol , “Mony Mony” always meant sex. That’s because when young William was 14, he lost his virginity in a public park via a tumble with a more experienced partner. 
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He recalled in his autobiography, Dancing With Myself: “As we went at it, ‘Mony Mony’ by Tommy James and the Shondells was playing on someone’s transistor radio nearby…” 
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August 31, 1963: The Angels become the first white girl group to have a US number one hit when "My Boyfriend's Back" topped the Billboard Hot 100.
“My Boyfriend’s Back,” the sole major hit for the Angels, which tells the story of a bullying harasser who finally learns that he’s about to get his. “My Boyfriend’s Back” lasts barely two minutes and only gives one perspective. It’s all sung from the point of view of a girl who’s been resisting a relentless asshole, someone who’s been hitting on her and telling lies about her. She wants this guy to know that her “kinda big and awful strong” boyfriend is back in the picture, that he’s about to help her get her revenge.
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August 31, 1968:  Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." set a Rock Era record on this date with the biggest jump of all-time, moving from number 81 to 7.
When Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley PTA" in 1968, it not only became her most beloved hit to date, but also threw songwriter Tom T. Hall into the spotlight. The song became a major, international hit and sold more than 6 million copies. "Harper Valley PTA" also made Riley the first woman to land at No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Hot 100 charts with the same song -- something that no other female artist would do until 1981 (Dolly Parton's "9 to 5").  
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August 31, 1974: The final Partridge Family episode airs on ABC, starring the musical family.
The Partridge Family won over the hearts of viewers around the world during the '70s with their captivating musical numbers, heartfelt family moments and laugh out loud comedy. 
The show had everything you could ever hope for -- the teen heartthrob, feel-good music and a story that the whole family could enjoy together. The show was inspired by the Cowsills, a real family band that rose to fame in the 1960s. Though there were rumors that members of the Cowsills band would star in the show, Shirley Jones was the cast as the matriarch, Shirley Partridge. 
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August 31, 1976: George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" in his his "My Sweet Lord." The song is number 460 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Harrison became the first Beatle to have a solo Number One on the Billboard charts with his ode to piety "My Sweet Lord." The subject matter was as far from early-Sixties Brill Building pop as one could get, but musically the verses bear a strong resemblance to the Chiffons' 1962 hit "He's So Fine," written by Ronnie Mack. Mack's publisher, Bright Tunes Music Corporation, filed a plagiarism suit in February 1971, but the case wouldn't go to trial until 1976. The judge ruled that Harrison was guilty of "subconscious plagiarism."  
Read more:  Rolling Stone

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