Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Music History Today: September 30, 2020

September 30, 1955: James Dean is killed in a car accident. The number one song the day he dies is Pat Boone's cover of "Ain't That A Shame."

At 5:45 PM on September 30, 1955, 24-year-old actor James Dean is killed in Cholame, California, when the Porsche he is driving hits a Ford Tudor sedan at an intersection. 

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The driver of the other car, 23-year-old California Polytechnic State University student Donald Turnupseed, was dazed but mostly uninjured; Dean’s passenger, German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich was badly injured but survived.
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September 30, 1977: Exile's "Kiss You All Over" hits number one on the Hot 100.

“Kiss You All Over” was one of the few songs not written by one of the Exile band members. Their producer Mike Chapman actually wrote it. 

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Chapman moved from England to Los Angeles and had written songs for Rod Stewart and Tina Turner.  It was a departure from what the country-band had previously recorded.  
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September 30, 1972:  The album Trilogy from Emerson, Lake & Palmer peaks at number three on the Hot 100 chart.

"From the Beginning," from ELP's Trilogy, provided the space for one of Emerson's most noteworthy keyboard solos. 

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The final minute of the otherwise sparse, simple song are launched into another dimension by Emerson's cosmic synthesizer jam. The band's highest-charting single in the States, it also helped draw attention to Emerson's beloved arsenal of Moogs, the synthesizers that ELP helped make legendary.  

Read more: Rolling Stone


September 30, 1989: Neil Young amazed a national television audience with his performance of "Rockin' In The Free World" on Saturday Night Live. 

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On September 30, 1989, Neil Young served notice that he was back with a vengeance with his legendary performance of Rockin' In The Free World on Saturday Night Live.

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There are many, many defining moments in Neil Young's career. His appearance on SNL was another such occasion.
Read more: Neil Young News

September 30, 1995: Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish returned to number one on the Album chart for the fifth time, the only time in the Rock Era this has occurred.

"Only Wanna Be with You" was released in July 1995 as the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. One verse of the song describes "[putting] on a little Dylan". 

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The verse references songs on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, quotes from "Idiot Wind," and mentions "Tangled Up in Blue." According to Rucker, Dylan’s management were aware of the lyrics and had no problem with them; however, when the song became a hit, they objected.  
Read more:  Wikipedia


Ain't That a Shame
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