Thursday, September 24, 2020

Music History Today: September 25, 2020

September 25, 1970: Janis Joplin recorded "Me and Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. She died nine days later from a drug overdose at age 27.

The producer who hired Kris Kristofferson to write "Me and Bobby McGee" confirmed the story behind the song. 

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It started when Foster's friend, songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, teased him that he only visited Bryant's offices to see his secretary, Barbara "Bobby" McKee. Inspired by the wisecrack, Foster approached Kristofferson, then a young songwriter on his roster.  Foster pitched the idea for a song he titled "Me and Bobby McKee" with the twist that "Bobby" was female. Kristofferson delivered, softening "McKee" to "McGee," and the rest was history. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

September 25, 1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of heavy drinking. The band decided to break up instead of replacing him.

The thunderous backbone to Led Zeppelin’s sound went silent when John Bonham was found dead Sept. 25, 1980, effectively ending the band as an active unit.

John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
San Francisco, CA 1973

The drummer had consumed an estimated 40 shots of vodka the day and night prior at rehearsals for the band’s upcoming North American tour. Put to bed just after midnight at guitarist Jimmy Page's house in south England, Bonham would be found lifeless the next afternoon.  

Read more: Loud Wire

September 25, 1970: The Partridge Family TV show, starring David Cassidy, debuted on ABC-TV.

David Cassidy is best known for his role on the 1970s television series The Partridge Family, but the late singer/actor had a musical career that stretched over a few decades.

The pop artist and former teen heartthrob notched his first hit when "I Think I Love You," the debut song released by the made-for-TV musical family act, reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. 
Read more: Billboard

September 25, 1976: Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina played their farewell concert in Hawaii. They reached the Top 10 of the Billboard chart with the Number 4 hit, "Your Mama Don't Dance," in 1972. 

This song deals with the 1950s and 1960s lifestyle concerning the generation gap, where the parents oppose the Rock and Roll Revolution, of the younger generation. This includes the rebelliousness against the old society that monitors curfews on dating, as well as being arrested for making love with a girl in the back seat of a car, during a drive-in movie, which happens during the bridge section of the song. 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 25, 1982: Don Henley's debut solo album, "I Can't Stand Still," entered the Billboard Hot 200 chart, bolstered by the single, "Dirty Laundry." 

"Dirty Laundry" is about unscrupulous news people doing anything for a story. The lyrics make fun of news anchors who are more concerned with their looks than accurately reporting the news. 
Read more: Tolley's Topics

Me & Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin

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