Thursday, September 3, 2020

Music History Today: September 4, 2020

September 4, 1976: KISS releases the Soft-Rock ballad, "Beth," which will rise to number 7 and become their only US Top 10 hit. 
Though KISS have cranked out their fair share of hard-rocking anthems over the years, the band's 1976 ballad 'Beth' remains the highest-charting song of their career. 
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Drummer Peter Criss is often credited with the songwriting for the track, but he and Paul Stanley have different accounts as to how the track came about. In a new Rolling Stone cover story, Stanley claims that Criss had little to do with its creation, explaining,  "Peter can't write a song, because Peter doesn't play an instrument. [Stan] Penridge came up with 'Beth, I hear you calling …' Peter had nothing to do with it." 
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September 4, 1965:  The Righteous Brothers stalled at number 4, it's peak position on the charts,  with their classic "Unchained Melody." 
A small and select number of songs are just so powerful, and have so much emotional resonance, that they connect with more than one generation and become No. 1 hits in two different eras. So it was for the Righteous Brothers with the unstoppable ‘Unchained Melody.’
The Righteous Brothers

The track had been written 36 years earlier, with lyrics by Hy Zaret to music by Alex North, in a classic case of a song that has outlasted the film. Unchained was a prison movie that’s little remembered these days. A decade later, the Righteous Brothers team of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley were a hot chart property from their international chart-topper of 1964, "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin." 
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September 4, 1967: Lulu released the single "To Sir With Love."
"To Sir With Love" is the theme from the 1967 film To Sir, with Love. It was initially recorded by Lulu, who also acted in the film. 
Lulu
It was released as a single in the United States in 1967 and reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for five weeks and earning the No.1 position for the entire year in the process.  
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September 4, 1968: "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones is banned in Chicago and some other cities as local officials fear it will incite riots.
The Rolling Stones have always had a reputation in the United States as anarchic hell-raisers that were out to cause chaos everywhere they went. This meant that the meaning behind their music was dissected to the ninth degree, unlike their peers. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
The group’s 1968 political anthem ‘Street Fighting Man‘ was deemed too ‘subversive’ to gain airtime on American radio due to the progressive liberal school of thought that it pursued. Asking its listeners to take stock of the establishment and, in no uncertain times, riot about it, Jagger and co. were playing a dangerous game. 
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September 4, 1972: Lobo released the single "I'd Love You To Want Me."
"I'd Love You to Want Me" is the title of a popular song from 1972 by Lobo (the stage name of Roland Kent LaVoie). He wrote the song, which appears on his album Of A Simple Man. 

Lobo

Released as a single in the fall of 1972, "I'd Love You to Want Me" was the singer's highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at No. 2 in November of that year.  
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