Thursday, October 1, 2020

Music History Today: October 2, 2020

October 2, 1971: Rod Stewart's album Every Picture Tells A Story and the two sided record, "Maggie May"/"Reason To Believe," hit Number 1.

If you’re wondering why we’ve referenced both “Maggie May” and “Reason to Believe,” the Tim Hardin cover that Stewart recorded, well, that’s because it was actually the latter song that was the A-side of this single. 

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Radio, however, started to favor playing “Maggie May,” and before long, it not only topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic but, indeed, transformed Stewart into a superstar in his own right.  
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October 2, 1961: Roy Orbison was at Number 3 on the charts with 'Crying."
"Crying" is a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson for Orbison's third studio album of the same name. Released in 1961, it was a Number 2 hit in the US for Orbison.  The personnel on the original recording included Orbison session regulars Floyd Cramer on piano and Buddy Harman on drums.
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October 2, 1976: The Silk Degrees album from Boz Scaggs peaks at Number 2 while a single from the album, "Lowdown" remained Number 5. 

Before "Silk Degrees" hit the streets, Boz Scaggs sound was rough-edged rock with a marbling of blues and soul. He had been a member of the Steve Miller Band before releasing his 1969 self-titled solo debut. Although a critical favorite, the record flopped. 

Subsequent albums found Boz searching for a style that fit. With the help of Motown producer Johnny Bristol, Boz slid into a comfortable urban soul-rock groove on 1974's "Slow Dancer." That album set the stage for "Silk Degrees," Boz's commercial breakthrough.

Read more: Pilot Online


October 2,  1978:  The former backing musicians for Boz Scaggs, now known as Toto, released their first single "Hold The Line."

“Hold the Line” was released back in 1978 as the band’s first single  and also featured in their debut self-titled album. It immediately reached top positions in the USA, Swedish, South African, Canadian and Australian charts. It’s also RIAA certified as “GOLD.” 
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October 2, 1981: The Police's fourth album, Ghost in the Machine, peaks at Number 2 on the US Hot 100 chart, led by the single "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" dates back to a demo recorded in the house of Mike Howlett in the autumn of 1976. It hit the reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom in November 1981 and hit No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year. 

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