Thursday, September 17, 2020

Music History Today: September 18, 2020

September 18, 1970: Jimi Hendrix died in Kensington, London, England. He was in an ambulance after taking too many sleeping pills when he choked to death on his own vomit. He was 27 years-old.

Red wine is usually praised as an indulgence that is actually good for you. But according to the doctor who tried to save Jimi Hendrix on the night that the legendary guitarist died, it's "plausible" red wine cause Hendrix’s untimely death.

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Friend Meic Stevens went on to explain Hendrix possibly choked and lost his life because he didn’t understand how to drink the substance. 
Speaking openly for the first time since Hendrix's death, Stevens said the guitar great was blending red wine with lager, and drinking the mixture out of a pint glass.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

September 18, 1961: Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care Of My Baby" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

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‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’ was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and was made famous by the singer Bobby Vee. It was released as a single by Vee in 1961, with ‘Bashful Bob’ as its b-side. 
Vee’s version reached number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 in September 1961. It also appeared on his album of the same name. Vee re-recorded the song in 1973 under his real name, Robert Thomas Velline. 
Read more: Beatles Bible

September 18, 1970: Freda Payne tops the UK chart for the first of six weeks with "Band Of Gold."

The song tells a story of a recently married woman whose husband is incapable of performong in the bedroom. The couple sleept in separate rooms on their honeymoon. 

The marriage ended in the husband's abandoning his bride, leaving her with no more than the 'band of gold' of the title. 

Controversial allusions to the husband either being impotent or gay have been suggested as the cause of the breakdown of the relationship. 

Read more: Wikipedia

September 18 1976: "Play That Funky Music" by a Steubenville, Ohio quintet called Wild Cherry topped the Billboard Pop chart.


Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” has all the essential musical ingredients to get the party started- a killer riff, funky ninth chords, in-the-pocket drums, precise horns, a simple monster bass bottom end, requisite ‘70s cowbell, scat talking vocals and an undeniable sing-along chorus that manages to poke fun at itself with an insider’s ‘we’re in on the joke’ wink.  
Read more: American Songwriter

September 18, 1981:  More than ten years after Jim Morrison's death, The Doors' "Greatest Hits" album goes Platinum.

The Doors frontman Jim Morrison refused to sing what became bandmate Robby Krieger’s song “Touch Me” in its original form, fearing that it would lead to violence in the streets. 
The track, which appeared on the band’s fourth album, The Soft Parade, was released as a single in 1968 after having gone through some changes during the recording process, as keyboardist Ray Manzarek once told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.

“Robby wrote the song, and the song was originally called ‘Hit Me’ – ‘Come on, come on, come on, hit me, babe,’” 
Manzarek, who passed away in 2013, said. “And Morrison said, ‘No way am I going to sing a song saying ‘Hit me.’” 
"He said, “Robby, people are going to walk up to me in the street, and hit me! They’re gonna go, ‘Come on, come on, come on, hit me’ and punch me!” 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


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