Saturday, October 24, 2020

Music History Today: October 25, 2020

October 25, 1986: Bon Jovi first moved into the Number 1 position on the Album chart with Slippery When Wet after seven weeks of release.  

Bon Jovi did all right for themselves with their first two albums, but they were far from content with life in rock 'n' roll's second string. 

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So for their third LP, they doubled down and aimed for the fences — and the result, 1986's Slippery When Wet, turned out to be a career-defining smash hit.
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October 25, 1941: Helen Reddy is born in Melbourne, Australia. In America, she has three Number 1 hits: "I Am Woman," "Delta Dawn" and "Angie Baby."

“Angie Baby” is the third of Helen Reddy’s three #1 hits. For someone who never gets discussed today, Reddy had a hell of a run. In the ’70s, she became a bona fide pop star by delivering broad and brassy and vaguely soothing machine-tooled easy-listening pop music. 
Helen Reddy
Helen Reddy

In her hits — even in a moment-defining hit like “I Am Woman” — you couldn’t get much of a handle on Reddy’s personality. She’s just a big voice, and she delivers lines of female determination with the same brio and cadence that she uses for a deep-South story-song like “Delta Dawn.” She’s a cipher. And in some way, that makes her perfect for “Angie Baby.”  
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October 25, 1963: Peter, Paul And Mary had the two best selling albums in the US with "In the Wind" and "Peter, Paul and Mary."

Peter, Paul and Mary is the first album by American music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, released in May 1962 on Warner Bros. Records. Released in both mono and stereo on catalog no. 1449, It is one of the rare folk albums to reach US #1 - staying for over a month. The lead-off singles "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" reached numbers 10 and 35 respectively on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.  
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October 25, 1970: Led Zeppelin's third album, "Led Zeppelin III" reached the top of the US album chart. Their first L.P. had hit Number 10 and their second had gone to Number 7.

In under 20 seconds, rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, and barbaric “yawps” were forever changed by Robert Plant’s carnal battle cry in “Immigrant Song” — so opens Led Zeppelin’s third album, suitably titled Led Zeppelin III. 
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Jimmy Page, Paul Jones
Released in 1970, it was the third album of original music produced by the band in under two years. That’s remarkable output, not only in volume, but also in quality. 
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October 25, 1975: Paul Simon releases his fourth solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years. "Gone At Last," "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," and the title track all reach the US Top 40. 

Paul Simon began his post-Simon & Garfunkel career on a hot streak, with his first two albums and three singles reaching the Top 5. 

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

But he would reach the apex with his third record, Still Crazy After All These Years, released on Oct. 25, 1975. Still Crazy would be his only No. 1 album to date. It also provided him with his sole chart-topping single and earned Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  All the plaudits, by the public and the press, were deserved.  

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