Thursday, September 3, 2020

Music History Today: September 3, 2020

September 3, 1983:  The Eurythmics scored the only Number 1 of their career with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This.)"
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote the song after the their band, the  Tourists, had broken up and they formed Eurythmics. Although the two of them also broke up as a couple, they continued to work together. 
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According to Stewart, he managed to produce the beat and riff of the song on one of their new synthesizers, and Lennox, on hearing it, said: "What the hell is that?" and started playing on another synthesizer, and beginnings of the song came out of the two dueling synths. 
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September 3, 1970: Canned Heat frontman Alan Wilson died of a barbiturate overdose at  27 years old.  
Alan Wilson, guitarist, singer, harmonica player and primary songwriter in Canned Heat, died on Sept. 3, 1970 due to an overdose of barbiturates. It has never been determined whether or not Wilson, who suffered from depression and had reportedly attempted suicide before, took his own life.
Alan Wilson
Known as "Blind Owl" due to his poor eyesight, Wilson founded the quintessential boogie group in 1965 in Los Angeles with other blues lovers. He wrote and sang lead on the group's two biggest hits, "On the Road Again" and "Going up the Country."  
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September 3, 1977:  "Handy Man" by James Taylor topped the Adult chart.
"Handy Man" is a song written by singer Jimmy Jones and songwriter Otis Blackwell. It was originally recorded by The Sparks Of Rhythm. When Jimmy Jones recorded it, the song was changed to a major key. In 1959, Jones recorded the song himself, in a version which had been reworked by Blackwell. It reached No. 3 on the R&B charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a hit again in 1964, reaching No. 22 for Del Shannon and yet again in 1977 for James Taylor. Taylor's version peaked at #1 in September 1977 on the RPM Top Singles chart.  
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September 3, 1981: The Techno-Pop duo of Marc Almond and David Ball, who call themselves Soft Cell, performed their current UK Number 1 hit "Tainted Love" on Top Of The Pops.
"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of American group the Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. It attained worldwide fame after being covered and reworked by English synth-pop duo Soft Cell in 1981 and has since been covered by numerous groups and artists.
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September 3, 1984:  Cyndi Lauper  released the single "All Through The Night." 
"All Through the Night" is a song written and originally recorded by Jules Shear. It is included on Lauper's debut album She's So Unusual. 
Cyndi Lauper
Shear wrote "All Through The Night" as a mid-tempo folk-rock song for his 1983 album Watch Dog. After the Cars recorded their own version, which they did not use on any of their albums, Lauper decided to cover it. Although she initially intended to do a straight cover of Shear's version, she turned it into a pop ballad instead.  
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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
The Eurythmics

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