Saturday, October 10, 2020

Music History Today: October 11, 2020

October 11, 2004: The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. 

The Vote for Change tour wrapped last night (October 11) with a star-studded finale at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center. 

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Streeters brought the house down during the final set, tearing through "Born in the U.S.A.," "Badlands," and "No Surrender."  
Read more: Billboard

October 11, 1969: Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'" peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Harry Nilsson released “Everybody’s Talkin'” on his 1968 album, Aerial Ballet. It scratched No. 113 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart. 

John Voight & Dustin Hoffman
"Midnight Cowboy"
The next year it stole the show as the featured theme song of the 1969 cult classic film, Midnight Cowboy. The song helped solidify Nilsson’s career as a countercultural poet with no master. 
Read more: American Songwriter

October 11, 1975: Saturday Night makes its debut on NBC. The first episode features Janis Ian doing "At Seventeen" and Billy Preston playing "Nothing from Nothing."

Morris, Curtin, Belushi, Newman,
Akroyd, Radner, Murray
Not pictured; Chase

George Carlin was the host of that first episode. Andy Kaufman did the thing where he stood next to a turntable as it played the Mighty Mouse theme. A pre-Muppet Show Jim Henson had a surprisingly ribald Muppet sketch. And Billy Preston played “Nothing From Nothing.”
Read more: Stereogum

October 11, 1983: Lionel Richie releases his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which goes on to sell over 10 million copies in America. 

"All Night Long" was one of the many hits from Can’t Slow Down, Lionel’s second solo album, which itself was an absolute sales juggernaut, certified ten-times platinum in America in just over two years, by the end of 1985. 
Read more: U Discover Music

October 11, 1997: Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" was one of the hottest-moving songs, jumping from 35 to 21 on this date. 

“Tubthumping” was a phenomenon: #6 in the US, #2 in England, #1 in Australia, Canada, Italy, and a bunch of other countries. The members of Chumbawamba have talked about how shocked they were to see “Tubthumping” blow up the way it did, but they had to know there was some possibility that it would happen. 
Read more: Stereogum

No Surrender
Bruce Springsteen

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