Friday, September 4, 2020

Music History Today: September 5, 2020

September 5, 1946: Queen front-man Freddie Mercury was born as Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar.

Freddie Mercury was the frontman of Queen, Mercury and one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era. 

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Mercury died of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia on November 24, 1991, at age 45.  

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September 5, 1962: The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, listened to the acetate of the group's first recording, "Love Me Do."

"Love Me Do" is the debut single by the English rock band the Beatles, backed by "P.S. I Love You". 

When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom on 5 October 1962, it peaked at number 17. In 1982 it was re-promoted reached number four. 
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September 4, 1965: The Rolling Stones began recording "Get Off My Cloud" at RCA Studios in Los Angeles.
When an artist scores a big hit, it’s hard to blame them for going back for a second helping. One approach is to hew as closely to the previous song as possible, changing just the minimum number of variables to qualify the new record as a separate entity. A prime example of this is the Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud,” the big-budget redux of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” with a busier arrangement and an even headier attitude.  
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September 5, 1968: Tiny Tim sued Bouget Records, his first label, for releasing some of his early recordings without permission.
Tiny Tim sat in a plush Beverly Hills office, remembering what it was like before he became a Super Star.

Tiny Tim 

“My dear, dear mother said, ‘Honey, dear, you’ve had your hair long since 1954, now why don’t you cut it off and go out and get work?’ I said, ‘My dear mother, I’d love to work, but I can’t cut my hair because I feel success is just around the corner.'” 
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September 5, 1976" Garry Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd fell asleep at the wheel of his new Ford Torino and hit a tree and a house. The incident inspired their song "That Smell."
Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins “That Smell” was released on the album Street Survivors. At the time the song was written, the band had been drinking and indulging in many different drugs. 

A few weeks before Skynyrd was about to embark on a tour, guitarist, Gary Rossington had crashed his car into an oak tree in Jacksonville, Florida. Inspired by the bands reckless behavior and over indulgence in different substances, Van Zant said,  “I had a creepy feeling things were going against us, so I thought I’d write a morbid song.” Three days after the release of Street Survivors, Van Zant, and Steve and Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash. 
Read more: Society of Rock

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