Monday, October 19, 2020

Music History Today: October 20, 2020

October 20, 1976: The Led Zeppelin concert documentary The Song Remains The Same opens in London and New York.

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The Song Remains the Same is a 1976 concert film (or Rockumentary) about Led Zeppelin. It is directed by Peter Clifton and Joe Massot, produced by Peter Grant, and stars John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant.  This documentary shows three Led Zeppelin concerts filmed at Madison Square Garden in 1973.  
Read more: TV Tropes

October 20, 1955: Harry Belafonte recorded "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song.)"

Harry Belafonte, one of the most well-known Jamaican-American pop singers, is closely associated with his signature song, “The Banana Boat Song.”

Harry Belafonte
The catchy Calypso tune shot to number five on the Billboard Chart in 1957, but more importantly, it introduced Americans to the rich and vibrant culture of the Caribbean and sparked the Calypso music craze. 
Read more: History Daily

October 20, 1962: Frankie Valli &The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" is released. 
"Big Girls Don't Cry" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and originally recorded by The Four Seasons. 
Franki Valli & the Four Seasons

It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 17, 1962, and, like its predecessor "Sherry," spent five weeks in the top position. Like "Sherry," the lead in "Big Girls Don't Cry" is sung mostly in falsetto. 

Read more: Wikipedia

October 20, 1968: The Yardbirds give their final performance at Liverpool University.
"Shapes of Things" is a song by the English rock group the Yardbirds. Several music writers have identified it as the first popular psychedelic rock song.
The Yardbirds
It is built on musical elements contributed by several group members in three different recording studios in the US and was the first Yardbirds' composition to become a record chart hit.
Read more: Wikipedia

October 20, 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines die in a plane crash in Mississippi.

Ronnie Van Zant’s bandmates were anxious as they prepared to board their leased plane at Greenville, South Carolina’s Downtown Airport on the afternoon of October 20th, 1977. 

Ronnie Van Zant & Steve Gaines
Ronnie Van Zant & Steve Gaines

After making the 600-mile trip from Greenville to Baton Rouge, where they were due to play the following night at Louisiana State University, Lynyrd Skynyrd planned to acquire a Learjet, the air chariot of choice for the Seventies rock elite. 
Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane wreckage
Still, one final hop on the Convair felt like one too many for most in their entourage. “Our wives, everyone were afraid for us to get on this thing, but we didn’t know any better,” keyboardist Billy Powell said on a 1997 episode of VH1’s Behind the Music.
Read more: Rolling Stone

The Song Remains The Same
 Led Zeppelin

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