Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Music History Today: October 14, 2020

October 14, 1994: Pulp Fiction opens in theaters, reviving classic '60s songs such as "Son Of A Preacher Man," "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon," and "Misirlou."

Not many surf-rock classics can trace their roots back to the Ottoman Empire, but "Misirlou" is one of them. Its earliest known recording is from Greece in 1927, and American pianist and xylophonist Jan August made it a hit in 1946.
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However, the song didn't become popular worldwide until surf rock guitarist Dick Dale and his band The Del-Tones recorded his version in 1962. It played during the opening credits of Pulp Fiction in 1994.
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October 14, 1957: The Everly Brothers score their first Number 1 hit with "Wake Up Little Susie." 

Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds. 

 The Everly Brothers 

To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers. They burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, "Bye Bye Love," which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, "Wake Up Little Susie." 
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October 14, 1969: The Supremes release "Someday, We'll Be Together," their last single with Diana Ross.

Over the course of the ’60s, the Beatles had 18 different #1 hits. The Supremes were the only act who came even remotely close; they reached the summit 12 times. 

Dianna Ross

 In September 1969, John Lennon told the rest of the Beatles that he was leaving the band. Two months later, Motown announced to the public that lead Supreme Diana Ross would be going solo. “Someday We’ll Be Together” plays like a goodbye to all that. 
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October 14, 1971: Little Richard's publisher sued Creedence Clearwater Revival, claiming "Travelin' Band" is too similar to Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." 

"Travelin' Band" is a song written by John Fogerty and originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was included on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory. 

The song was inspired by 1950s rock n' roll songs, particularly those by Little Richard. In October 1972, the company that held the publishing rights to Richard’s "Good Golly, Miss Molly" felt that "Travelin' Band" bore enough similarities to warrant a plagiarism lawsuit that was later settled out of court.  
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October 14, 1967: The Who's "I Can See for Miles" is released. In the UK, the single peaked at Number 12, while in the US it reached Number 9.

"I Can See For Miles" is a song by The Who. Pete Townshend considers it the best song he ever wrote. He thought it would be a huge hit and was disappointed when it wasn't.
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