Sunday, September 6, 2020

Music History Today: September 7, 2020

September 7, 1936: Buddy Holly (real name Charles Holley) was born in Lubbock, Texas.
As a child in Lubbock, Tex., Buddy studied the piano. He didn't like it. Holly wanted to play the guitar and, according to Bill Griggs of the Buddy Holly Memorial Society, Holly learned a unique way of picking.

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"Buddy played the guitar wrong," Grigg says. "Most people play down, up, down, up, when they're stroking the guitar. Buddy played basically down-strokes in a lot of his music. Therefore, he had to play twice as fast, but it also gave him what we call 'rhythm lead.'"  
Read more: NPR
September 7, 1957: Sam Cooke released the single "You Send Me" on Keen Records.
Cooke's debut single, "You Send Me" was a massive commercial success, becoming a No. 1 hit on both Billboard's Rhythm & Blues Records chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
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 It was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2010, the song ranked No. 115 in Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

September 7, 1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival first appeared on the chart as their first single release "Suzie Q" debuted.
“Suzie Q” was the first 45 RPM single John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford recorded as Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was originally put on vinyl by Louisiana rocker Dale Hawkins in 1957. The band performed “Suzie Q” in clubs before hitting the studio. They also rehearsed the song for weeks at the Shrine, making it longer and longer in the solos.    
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September 7, 1970: Simon & Garfunkel released "El Condor Pasa" from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
In 1965, the American musician Paul Simon heard the song, El Cóndor Pasa (Spanish for "The Condor Passes,"), for the first time by the band Los Incas in a performance at the Théâtre de l'Est parisien in Paris in which both were participating. Simon became friendly with the band, later even touring with them and producing their first US-American album. He asked the band for permission to use the song in his production. 
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September 7, 1978: Keith Moon, drummer of The Who, died in London after overdosing on the prescription drug Heminevrin at the age of 32.
There’s something odd about the deaths of The Who drummer Keith Moon and The Mamas and the Papas singer Mama Cass. First of all, they died way too young, both at age 32. 
Keith Moon
But that’s not the weirdest thing. Cass and Keith died in the same apartment, 4 years apart from each other.The apartment officially belonged to Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was a songwriter himself, best known for his single ‘Everybody’s Talkin‘, and his version of Badfinger’s ‘Without You‘.
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