Friday, September 25, 2020

Music History Today: September 26, 2020

September 26, 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California. 

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. Their innocence is lost.

Dr Franfurter aka Tim Curry from the Rocky Horror Picture Show head shot photo
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Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky." 
See more: Rotten Tomatoes
September 26, 1964: Herman's Hermits were at atop the British singles chart with "I'm Into Something Good."
"I'm into Something Good" is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Carole King has said that in writing the song she was inspired by Brian Wilson.

Herman's Mermit single cover for "I'm Into Something Good" read backgraound yellow lettering

On 26 July 1964, Herman's Hermits recorded the song as their debut single. released at the height of the British Invasion. 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 26, 1964: The Rolling Stones released the single "Time Is On My Side."

Jerry Ragovoy’s most famous for writing a song many assumed was written by The Rolling Stones. That song is “Time Is On My Side.” 

The Rolling Stones group photo from 1967
The Rolling Stones

He also wrote other famous songs, including Janis Joplin’s classic “Piece of My Heart” co-written by Bert Berns, which became Janis’ signature song.  
Read more: American Songwriter

September 26, 1969: The Beatles release their Abbey Road album in England and two singles from the LP: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "You Never Give Me Your Money."

Paul McCartney's intended purpose for the track “You Never Give My Your Money” was to begin this long medley. He had a few song ideas that he hadn't completed as individual songs and strategically strung them together.

Beatles sitting on the steps from the Abbey Road photo-shoot
From the Abbey Road photo-shoot

Regarding the entire “song montage,” Paul explained: 
“We did it this way because John and I had a number of songs, which were great as they were, but we'd finished them. So, I said to John, 'Have you got any bits and pieces, which we can make into one long track?' And he had, and we made a piece that makes sense all the way through.” 
Read more:  Beatles' Book

September 26, 1968: Dusty Springfield enters a recording studio in Memphis to lay down tracks for the LP "Dusty In Memphis," which includes her hit, "Son Of A Preacher Man."

In 1967, while working at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, songwriters John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins were asked by Jerry Wexler to write a song for Aretha Franklin. 

Dusty Springfield  publicity photo Getty images in a white coat
Dusty Springfield

Recalling that Franklin's father was a gospel preacher,  they came up with "Son of a Preacher Man." Wexler decided that it did not fit well with her other songs, and passed the song on to Dusty Springfield for her album Dusty in Memphis.
Read more: Wikipedia


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