Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Music History Today: October 21, 2020

 October 21, 1992:  Madonna's book Sex is released. 

In 1990, Madonna was as astronomically popular as a boundary-bulldozing, unapologetically bacchanalian performance artist could get. Drawing from Harlem drag balls, “Vogue” went Number One nearly worldwide. 

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The tour showcasing it, Blond Ambition, mixed spectacle with social commentary so sharply that it reinvented the pop concert and yielded the smash documentary Truth or Dare. Nearly everything changed two years later with Erotica and Sex. 

Read more: Rolling Stone

October 21, 1958: Buddy Holly recorded for the final time, laying down the tracks "Moondreams," "It Doesn't Matter Any More," "True Love Ways," and "Raining In My Heart."

"Raining in My Heart" was released as a single on Coral Records in 1959, peaking at #88 on the Billboard charts as the B-side of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". This recording was included on Buddy Holly's first "greatest hits" compilation album titled The Buddy Holly Story that was released in March 1959. 
Read more: Wikipdeia

October 21, 1972: Chuck Berry lands his only number 1 hit on the Hot 100 with "My Ding-a-Ling."

Chuck Berry had many hits, but this one, to the chagrin of some of his fans but apparently not Berry himself, "My Ding-a-Ling" his only number one single in the United States and UK. Rolling Stone once listed it as one of 22 "terrible songs by great artists."
Read more: BBC

October 21, 1977: Meat Loaf released the album Bat Out of Hell.

Stemming from a musical named Neverland, a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan, Bat Out Of Hell was written in 1974 for a workshop at the Kennedy Center Music Theatre Lab by legendary producer/songwriter Jim Steinman. Multi-platinum recording artist Meat Loaf, who was touring with Jim on the National Lampoon live show at the time, began collaborating with Jim on this album, which had yet to be named Bat Out Of Hell.

Production for this album began in late 1975 at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York. Both Meat Loaf and Jim recruited a slew of iconic musicians for this album. Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band played piano and drums on the album. Utopia’s Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell, and John “Willie” Wilcox, and Edgar Winter were also featured on the album as musicians. 
Read more: Society of Rock

October 21, 1989:  Entering at Number 6 on the US Hot 100 chart, Aerosmith had their fourth Top 10 song with  "Love In An Elevator."

"Love in an Elevator" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith, and written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It was released in 1989 as the first single from their commercially and critically successful album Pump. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 

Steven Tyler claims the songs lyrics were inspired by an experience he had at a hotel, in which he was making out with a girl in the elevator and they started having sex as the doors opened; "It felt like a lifetime waiting for those doors to close," quipped Tyler. 
Read more: Fandom


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