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. 

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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. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

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

‘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. 
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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 performing in the bedroom. The couple slept 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. 

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September 18, 1976: "Play That Funky Music" by 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 front-man 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. 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,’ And Morrison said, ‘No way am I going to sing a song saying ‘Hit me.’ 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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