Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Music History Today: August 5. 2020

August 5: 1962: Marilyn Monroe, known for "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," dies of a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” was imprinted indelibly on the memory of the big screen with Marilyn Monroe’s legendary 1953 performance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. 
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August 5, 1966: The Beatles released the album Revolver in the U.K. It would be released three days later in the United States.
Revolver came out on 5 August 1966. I’m not sure how long it was before I heard ‘Taxman’, but I suspect not long. I had no idea that George had written ‘Taxman’, and indeed he contributes three of the album’s 14 songs. 
Beatles 1966
Photograph by Robert Whitaker
This is George’s second non-love song and this time tackles the subject of the high levels of income tax levied by the British Labour government under the leadership of Harold Wilson; the same Mr Wilson that’s referenced in the song’s lyrics.
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August 5, 1972: Wayne Newton's biggest hit, "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast," leads the Cashbox chart.

"Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" is a song written by Peter Callander and Geoff Stephens and performed by Wayne Newton. The song appeared on Newton's 1972 album, Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast.  
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August 5, 1978: The Rolling Stones' only Disco-style effort, "Miss You", become their eighth number-one single in the US. 
According to Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood, the lead single from the Rolling Stones' 1978 album 'Some Girls' 'was originally conceived as a straight up disco.  
Mick Jagger
Showing that they can do more than kick the hell out of rock and roll, the band churns out a song that somehow keeps connected to both their roots and the sounds filling dance clubs at that time. 
As their reward, 'Miss You' peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  
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August 6, 1980: Pat Benatar released her classic album Crimes of Passion on Chrysalis Records.
Pat Benatar scored herself a pretty big hit with her debut album, In the Heat of the Night, in 1979. But as she proved the following year, she was only getting warmed up. 
Benatar's second album, Crimes of Passion, arrived on Aug. 5, 1980, and quickly set about vaulting over the high bar set by In the Heat of the Night. 
Pat Benatar
A No. 2 hit, the album spun off what ended up becoming one of the defining singles of her career with "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" and sold more than five million copies while netting Benatar her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.  
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Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
Marilyn Monroe 

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