Monday, September 7, 2020

Music History Today: September 8, 2020

September 8, 1990:  Jon Bon Jovi's solo hit "Blaze Of Glory" made it to number 1.

Originally released on August 7, 1990, Jon Bon Jovi’s solo debut, Blaze Of Glory, proved to be a runaway success. 

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Eventually earning a double-platinum certification, it quickly rose to No.3 on America’s Billboard 200 on the back of its million-selling, US chart-topping title track. 
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September 8, 1956: Eddie Cochran signs with Liberty Records where he will have three US Top 40 hits: "Sittin' In The Balcony, "Summertime Blues," and "C'mon Everybody."

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Eddie Cochran

"C'mon Everybody" is a 1958 song by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart. The song got to number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. "C'mon Everybody" is ranked number 403 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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September 8,  1962:  Ray Charles peaked at number 2 on the charts with "You Don't Know Me."

"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and story-line given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955. "You Don't Know Me" was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor. 
The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. 
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September 8, 1965: An ad appears in Variety looking for "Four Insane Boys, Ages 17-21" to star in a new TV show: The Monkees.
The most famous song John Stewart wrote is “Daydream Believer,” a number one hit in 1967 for The Monkees. 
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Stewart was both thrilled and dismayed by the unlikely success of the song. The thrill stemmed from the fact that this folkie with a guitar now had a major pop hit by the most pop of all pop bands, The Monkees. The dismay came from his realization that a key word was changed in the song, which forever shifted his intended tone.  
Read more:  American Songwriter

September 8, 1973:  The Allman Brothers Band, on the strength of the single "Ramblin' Man," owned the top album with Brothers and Sisters. 

In need of material for their next album, "Brothers and Sisters," guitarist Dickey Betts offered up "Ramblin' Man," a song he had written and hoped to sell in Nashville. The band liked the upbeat country song about wanderlust, but all agreed it would need an arrangement more in keeping with their blues-rock sound.

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When "Ramblin' Man" was released as a single in Sept. 1973, the song became the band's biggest all-time hit—climbing to No. 2 on Billboard's pop chart and helping "Brothers and Sisters" remain at No. 1 on the album chart for five straight weeks.    
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