Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Music History Today: August 6, 2020

August 6, 1988: Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses moved to number 1 on the Album chart after 50 weeks.
Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was the darker, grittier response to Sunset Boulevard’s glam-rock scene. 
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The LP’s unique sound helped move it away from the sea of spandex and hairspray in which it was spawned and make it a staple found in nearly every hard rock fan’s collection, alongside classics like Led Zeppelin II or Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
Read more: Consequence of Sound
August 6, 1928: Andy Warhol is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He'll make his mark on the music world as a manager for The Velvet Underground.
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1964 by singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965). 
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The band was initially active between 1965 and 1973, and was briefly managed by the pop artist Andy Warhol, serving as the house band at the Factory and Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966 to 1967.    
Read more: Wikipedia

August 6, 1965:  The Beatles released the album Help! in the U.K. 
Rubber Soul is often marked as the turning point in the Beatles' career, the moment where they transcended the pop confines of Beatlemania and became serious artists. 
But the first steps toward that independence came a few months earlier on Rubber Soul's predecessor Help!, a soundtrack of sorts to the Beatles' second movie and their first real exploration outside of pop's stifling limitations.  
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock


August 5, 1976:  Manfred Mann's Earth Band released the single "Blinded By The Light." It reaches number 1 on February 19, 1977.
A cynical rock hack might argue that Manfred Mann made a career out of Bob Dylan in the 60s and a career out of Bruce Springsteen in the 70s. 
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Manfred took Dylan’s Mighty Quinn to No.1 and If You Gotta Go, Go Now to No.2 – neither of which Dylan bothered to release as singles at the time – and scored a US No.1 in 1976 with Springsteen’s Blinded By The Light – something Springsteen has never done.  
Read more: Louder Sound


August 6, 1988: Thanks to its inclusion on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, the Contours' 1962 hit "Do You Love Me" makes another chart run, peaking at number 11.
The classic Motown hits have been covered and revived by many artists over the decades, and some remakes have been commercially successful. Rare, though, is the Hitsville original which scorched the charts twice. The Contours’ “Do You Love Me” is one of those.  
Read more: Classic Motown

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