Saturday, September 26, 2020

Music History Today: September 27, 2020

September 27, 1947: Meat Loaf is born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas.

Meat Loaf was lead vocalist on Ted Nugent's 1976 album Free For All.  He met pianist and songwriter Jim Steinman when Loaf auditioned for his play More Than You Deserve. 

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They collaborated to make the hugely successful album Bat Out of Hell and its sequel, Bat Out Of Hell II.    
Read more: Artist Facts
September 27, 1969: Carlos Santana had his first taste of success when his debut LP entered Billboard's album chart. The disc contained his hit single "Evil Ways." 

Originally recorded in 1965 by Latin percussionist Willie Bobo, “Evil Ways” was written by Bobo’s guitar player, Sonny Henry. There were at least two reasons for Santana covering the song.


One was the fact that Willie Bobo sat in on some of Santana’s early sessions. Another was Bill Graham’s urging that Santana do the tune. Whatever the impetus, it was certainly a serendipitous choice for Santana, as Evil Ways turned out to be the band’s first top 40 hit.  
Read more: Ultimate Santana

September 27, 1969: A new version of The Dells' 1956 hit "Oh What A Night," now with a sonorous spoken intro, goes to Number 1 on the R&B chart.

Sometimes you have a great time and you want to sing about it. “Oh What a Nite” was just that kind of evening for The Dells, from Harvey, Illinois, and some young ladies.

The Dells
“Oh What a Nite,” written by Marvin Junior and Johnny Funches, was released in 1956 and went to #4 on the R&B Chart and sold more than one million copies, which earned them an RIAA gold record.
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

September 27, 1975: John Denver's two-sided hit, "I'm Sorry"/ "Calypso," reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. 

“I’m Sorry” isn’t the worst of Denver’s #1 hits — that’s still “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” — but it’s the most wispily generic.  It has weepy strings. It has drippy woodwinds. It has wind-chimes. If you close your eyes, deeply breathe in the crisp mountain air, and try to imagine the most average John Denver song that ever existed, you might just conjure “I’m Sorry” up out of the void.
Read more: Stereogum

September 27, 2000:  U2, whose video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" came from a rooftop concert, played "Elevation" and "Beautiful Day" on the rooftop of Clarence Hotel in Dublin for air on Top Of The Pops.

Paradise by the Dashboard Lights

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