Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Music History Today: September 1, 2020

September 1, 1957: Promoter Irvin Feld booked the fall edition of the Biggest Show of Stars Fall Edition to cover 28 states and 5 Canadian provinces with 80 shows.  

Everly Brothers with Vancouver
radio personality Red Robinson
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Talent: Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly & Crickets, Paul Anka, Spanials, Drifters, Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Lavern Baker, Jimmy Bowen, Buddy Knox, The Diamonds, Clyde McPhatter, Johnnie and Joe, The Bobbettes, Paul Williams Orchestra

September 1, 1965: James Brown breaks out some sweet dance moves on the TV show Shindig!, where he performs his hit "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."

By 1965, James Brown had enjoyed the highs of R&B success, the lows of grappling with his record label and the struggles in searching for a distinctive sound. He was ready for a change, ready for a brand new bag. Brown, who was notorious for switching up his musical delivery in concert, had previously come across a new method while performing the song “Out of Sight.” 
James Brown
Musical structure is mathematical at its core. In a traditional measure of four beats, R&B emphasized the second and fourth. In an effort to shake things up, Brown emphasized the first and third, a delivery that musicians later referred to as “on the one.” Excited by his discovery, Brown applied this method to the recording of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” giving the track a distinctive energy. The fledgling sound would earn a new name: funk. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


September 1, 1962: Tommy Roe had his first Number 1 hit when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. 
Tommy Roe had been cranking out singles for a couple of years before “Sheila.” He wanted it to sound like Buddy Holly, and it sort of does. The Holly echoes are all over it, but Holly was three years dead in 1962, and music had moved on quickly, so Roe’s song sounds both like a throwback and like a transmission from some imaginary future. 
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September 1, 1973:  Machine Head by Deep Purple moved its' Number 7, its highest position on the charts.

"Space Truckin'" is a song by British hard rock band Deep Purple. It is the seventh and final track on the Machine Head album and its lyrics talk of space travel. When it was first performed live, the band appended an instrumental that was originally part of the song "Mandrake Root" from their first album but gradually evolved into a showcase for Jon Lord's Hammond organ and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solos. 
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September 1, 1978:  Styx released the album Pieces of Eight on A&M Records.
“Blue Collar Man” was the first single to be released from Styx’s eighth studio album, Pieces of Eight, and it went on to reach No.21 in the U.S., helping its parent LP achieve a No. 6 placing.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

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