Saturday, September 5, 2020

Music History Today: September 6, 2020

September 6, 1969: R&B singer Macy Gray is born Natalie Renée McIntyre in Canton, Ohio.
With her 1999 debut, On How Life Is, Gray combined a distressed velvet voice with goodly helpings of kink. 
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The Album was certified platinum multiple times, arriving at a time when female vocalists and black pop were growth sectors in the music industry.  
Read more:  NPR
September 6, 1969: Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" peaks at number 7 on the Billboard singles chart.
Bob Dylan’s song of seduction, “Lay Lady Lay”, was originally written by Dylan for the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman as a male prostitute and hustler duo. 
But Dylan was unable to finish the track in time for the film’s production deadline, and so lost the job to John Barry (who later won a Grammy for his theme).Dylan didn’t suffer much from the lost opportunity — when he instead released the song as a single in July 1969, it reached number seven in the US charts, and number five in the UK.  
Read more:  Financial Times

September 6, 1976:  The band Boston released its debut single, “More Than a Feeling.” 

The song was a big hit, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard chart — but that was just the start of the story. “More Than a Feeling” became an enduring radio staple, one which established Boston among the biggest rock acts in the country and which helped turn the band’s eponymous debut album into a huge seller.  
Read more: Entertainment Weekly

September 6, 1986: Bananarama's cover of "Venus" hits number 1 in the US. 

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The British pop trio sensation Bananarama went to No.1 on the U.S singles chart on September 6th,1986 with “Venus”, a cover of the dutch 60’s and 70’s Psychedelic band Shocking Blue. It became Bananarama’s signature song and was a worldwide hit in 1986. 
Read more:  Pop Expresso

September 6, 1997: While an estimated 2.5 billion people watched on television, Elton John sings a re-worked version of "Candle In The Wind" at the funeral of England's Princess Diana. 


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