Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Music History Today: September 2, 2020

September 2, 1946: Billy Preston is born in Houston, Texas. 
Preston began playing the piano at age 3 and by age 10 he was accompanying gospel greats Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland on the organ. 
Billy Preston
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Preston signed with Apple Records and released two albums through the label before moving on to a more successful stint at A&M Records.  Throughout the '70s, he released a handful of Top 10 hits on the Hot 100, including "Outa-Space," "Will It Go Round In Circles," "Space Race," "Nothing From Nothing," and "With You I'm Born Again" - a duet with Syreeta Wright.  
Read more: Songfacts
September 2, 1972:  The Hollies peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart  with "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)." 
Written in 1971 by The Hollies’ Allan Clarke, ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)’ is the biggest hit of The Hollies’ career, and for good reason: it rocks! 
The Hollies
From that gorgeous, folksy guitar intro that hits you right in the gut with how powerful it is, to the way the rhythm changes immediately after, ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)’ is a fun ride from start to finish.  
Read more: Society of Rock

September 2, 1985: Starship released the single "We Built This City."
This 1985 song has taken some heavy criticism over the years, topping several notable “worst” lists, including Rolling Stone’s worst songs of the ‘80s in 2011. 
Grace Slick "We Built This City"
Over the years, Slick has agreed with much of the negativity, and industry commentator Bob Lefsetz recently reported he discussed it with her during a visit to her home. “I didn’t like it when it was released, when they inserted the name of every local city for radio stations,” Lefsetz wrote in his email newsletter. “But all these years later ... it kind of cracks me up -- anthemic rock, with exuberant vocals.” 
Read More:  Ultimate Classic Rock

September 2, 1993: Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. 
Pearl Jam released the uncensored version of their “Jeremy” video for the first time Friday to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. 
Pearl Jam album cover photograph
Pearl Jam released the uncensored version of their “Jeremy” video for the first time Friday to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  The Ten song and its corresponding Mark Pellington-directed video — which won Video of the Year at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards — detailed the story of a bullied teenager who shot himself in front of his classmates. In the original, edited 1992 video, the suicide is insinuated, but in the uncensored (and newly remastered) version that Pearl Jam uploaded Friday, Jeremy — played by actor Trevor Wilson — is shown placing the gun in his mouth.  
Read more:  Rolling Stone

September 2 1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland.

Opening ceremony performances are by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG's, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, John Fogerty, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, The Kinks, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals' Eric Burdon, Chuck Berry and Boz Scaggs.

Billy Preston 

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