Friday, October 9, 2020

Music History Today: October 10, 2020

October 10, 1979: A motion picture called The Rose, starring Bette Midler, premiered in Los Angeles. 

Bette Midler plays The Rose, a female rock star strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. This movie follows Rose's career during her last tour.  

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Rose is an insecure alcoholic and former drug user who seems to crave approval in her life. Her rock and roll lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and constant touring, lead her to an inevitable breakdown.  
Read more:  IMDB

October 10, 1966: Simon and Garfunkel released the classic album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

For the first time in Simon & Garfunkel's short career, they could take their time on an album. The duo took full advantage when they entered the studio in June 1966 to work on their third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

 

The album reached No. 4, Simon & Garfunkel's first trip into the Top 10 album chart. It wouldn't be their last. So much of their legend starts here. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock


October 10, 1966:  The Beach Boys released "Good Vibrations." It was the most expensive 45 ever produced to that time.

At first, “Good Vibrations” was not well received by critics who expected more sunshine pop from the band, but those opinions quickly changed.  Since then, outlets like Rolling Stone have gone on to say that “Good Vibrations” is one of the best and most significant rock ‘n’ roll songs of the 20th century. 
Read more: American Songwriter

October 10, 1970:  Joe Cocker's album Mad Dogs & Englishmen peaked at number 2 on the 100 Hot Albums chart.

Joe Cocker's triumphant set at Woodstock brought his distinctive vocals and peerless interpretive talent to thousands of new fans. But by the end of 1969, he was a singer in search of a band. 

Enter pianist Leon Russell. Russell turned to many of his former band-mates when Cocker needed a band. "Leon Russell was the ringmaster," singer Rita Coolidge told the Long Island Pulse. "He pulled the whole circus together. Joe Cocker needed a band for his tour and movie. Joe called Leon. Leon called me and said, ‘Put a choir together.’ 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

October 10, 1981: Journey stalled at its peak position on the charts at number 4 with "Who's Crying Now."

From Journey’s seventh album Escape came the smashing hit single, “Who’s Crying Now”. This marked the working relationship and friendship of former front-man Steve Perry and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. When Gregg Rolie left the band, Cain was hired to take his place, becoming a chief songwriter for the band, along with Perry. “Who’s Crying Now” became one of the first songs they worked on.  
Read more: I Love Classic Rock

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