Friday, October 16, 2020

Music History Today: October 17, 2020

October 17, 1957:  The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, premiers at Loews State Theatre, where Elvis worked as an usher five years earlier.

Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. 
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Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. 
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October 17, 1956: Mickey & Sylvia recorded "Love Is Strange."

The first recorded version of "Love Is Strange" was performed by Bo Diddley, who recorded his version on May 24, 1956 with Jody Williams on lead guitar. This version was not released until its appearance on I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955–1958 in 2007. Mickey & Sylvia's version was recorded several months later on October 17, 1956.
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October 17, 1972: Eminem is born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri. He eventually settles in Warren, Michigan.

The Detroit rapper Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) famously earned a mentor in Dr. Dre for his cutting lyrics and slick, rapid-fire delivery. 

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He signed to Aftermath Entertainment for his major-label debut, 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, on which he channeled his visceral anger into edgy jokes and controversial hits.
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October 17, 1978: Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand record "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." 

Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand’s huge duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” is a typically bombastic middle-of-the-road ’70s ballad, and there’s nothing that really sets it apart beyond the star power of its singers and the strange circumstances of its creation. 

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In its own weird way, though, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” might be influential, if only because it was probably, in its day, the least organic number 1 single ever created. 
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October 17, 1998: "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies hits number 1 in the US, where it stays for one week.

The song was written entirely by Ed Robertson. The choruses and pre-chorus of the song are about a couple arguing and breaking up, while the rapid-fire rapped verses are taken from Ed free-styling off the top of his head. 

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He had originally intended for the verses to relate to the subject matter as well, but could not come up with anything that wasn't "crappy." Steve then suggested that he record himself making up non sequitur lyrics on the spot and the best lines were later included in the final song.
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