Friday, October 23, 2020

Music History Today: October 24, 2020

October 24, 1978: The movie version of The Wiz, which debuted as a Broadway stage production in 1975, hits theaters. 

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In this version of the classic story based on the smash Broadway musical, Dorothy is a shy 24-year-old Harlem kindergarten teacher who is brought by a snowstorm to the mysterious Land of Oz, a sprawling, decaying, nightmarish, dangerous megalopolis that resembles the physical characteristics of New York City. 
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October 24, 1966: Donovan releases "Mellow Yellow."

When the song was released in 1966, everyone was convinced that it referred to a rumor that smoking banana peels would get a person high. Donovan said that was never the case. 

"I was reading a newspaper and on the back there was an ad for a yellow dildo called the mellow yellow," he said. "Really, you know the 'electric banana' was right in there and gave it away. And that's what the song's about."  
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October 24, 1971: Don McLean released the album American Pie.

In 1971, Don McLean released the album “American Pie,” and the title song became one of the most famous — and successful — ever made. It came out at a time of major political and social upheaval in America, and captured a feeling of loss. The song runs for over eight minutes, and is No. 5 on the list of best songs of the 20th century.  

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October 24, 1975: In Montreal, Heart catches a break when they filled in as opener for Rod Stewart's band, Faces. 


Heart's Ann Wilson recently sat down with Adam Reader, better known as the Professor of Rock, for a candid conversation.  Heart wasn't originally scheduled to open for Stewart and the band was only called in after the original opener bailed. The sisters were surprised to learn that Montrealers were already familiar with Heart's music, which she would later find out was in part due to CHOM 97 7's Doug Pringle. 
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October 24, 1980: The Guinness Book of World Records names Paul McCartney as the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music. 
Paul McCartney conjured" Maybe I'm Amazed" on his piano at home at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St. John’s Wood, London – where, with the Beatles’ future uncertain, he’d been testing out some ideas on his new Studer 4-track tape recorder. While several of the strongest tunes that wound up on his 1970 solo debut (“Junk,” “Teddy Boy”) had been written months or years earlier for potential use on Beatles albums, this one was entirely new: 
Paul and Linda McCartney
There was no missing the fact that “Maybe I’m Amazed” was something special, and so he decided to give the song the full studio treatment, slipping into EMI’s Abbey Road Studios under a fake name with his family in tow. He completed the recording essentially alone, producing it and playing every instrument, with Linda adding harmonies. 

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