Friday, August 7, 2020

Music History Today: August 8, 2020

August 8, 2007: Amy Winehouse overdoses. The singer refused her record company's request to get help for her addiction, inspiring her hit record "Rehab." 

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August 8, 1966: The Beatles release "Eleanor Rigby" on a double A-side single with "Yellow Submarine."
Yellow Submarine is a song from the album Revolver. It also appeared on the Beatles movie with the same name. It was written by Paul McCartney and sung by Ringo Starr. 

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Although Paul McCartney said that the song was merely a light-hearted children's song, this song was composed when The Beatles were taking drugs. 
Read more:  Beatles Fandom

August 8, 1970: While drinking at a nearby bar before a concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Janis Joplin writes the song "Mercedes Benz." 
“Mercedes Benz” is a lonely blues tune about the illusory happiness promised (but rarely delivered) by the pursuit of worldly goods, a hippie-era rejection of the consumerist ideals that Joplin saw growing up as a self-described “middle-class white chick” in Port Arthur, Texas.
Janis Joplin

 She had come to California in the early ’60s and quickly earned a place as one of the leading musical lights in a generation that shared her utopian anti-materialism.
Janis Joplin
When Joplin sang, in the second and third verses of “Mercedes Benz,” for “a color TV” and “a night on the town,” she knew all too well that neither would bring her peace. 
Read more: Performing Songwriter

August 8, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases "Lookin' Out My Back Door."
The song's lyrics, filled with colorful, dream-like imagery, lead some to believe that it is about drugs. 
January 1970 From left to right: Doug Clifford,
Stu Cook, Tom Fogerty and John Fogerty

According to the drug theory, the "flying spoon" was a reference to a cocaine or heroin spoon, and the crazy animal images were an acid trip. Fogerty, however, has stated in interviews that the song was actually written for his then three-year-old son, Josh. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 8, 1987: U2 land their second American Number 1 as "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," from The Joshua Tree, goes to the top.
U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was released in 1987 on The Joshua Tree, an album inspired by the band's experience of America, both as a real place and as a mythic idea. 
U2's lead singer and songwriter, Bono, has referred to it as "a gospel song with a restless spirit." To understand where that restless spirit came from, it helps to know the depth of the band's religious roots.  
Read more: NPR

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