Sunday, October 25, 2020

Music History Today: October 26, 2020

October 26, 2001: The science fiction film Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal , premieres in US theaters. The movie features Gary Jules' haunting cover of Tears For Fears' 1982 song "Mad World."

"Mad World" is a 1982 song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching number 3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982.

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The song achieved a second round of success 20 years after its release, when it was covered by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the film Donnie Darko (2001). While the Tears for Fears version featured synthesizers and heavy percussion, the Andrews/Jules version was stripped down.
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October 26, 1963:  Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs was on it's third week with at Number 1 with "Sugar Shack."

“Sugar Shack,” the biggest-selling single of 1963, wasn’t really remarkable in any way. It’s pretty typical of the pop songs of its era: Short, sentimental, innocent, infernally catchy in a way that can be deeply irritating, barely two minutes long. 

Shortly after the song finished its long run at number 1, President Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas.  And just a few weeks after that, the Beatles showed up in America and put bands like the Fireballs more or less out of business. 
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October 26, 1970: Elton John releases "Your Song" as the "B" side of the "A" side "Take Me To The Pilot." "Your Song" becomes his first hit. 

There is always a time and a place for great songs to appear. “Your Song,” which Elton John recorded for 1970’s self-titled sophomore record, appeared on an otherwise normal morning at the breakfast table.

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Then 17-years-old, lyricist Bernie Taupin scribbled down the stark, simple and poetic words one morning in 1969. He was sharing a bunk bed at John’s mother’s apartment in Northwood Hills, an area in the north-west of London, and the song came down like a bolt of lightning. 
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October 26, 1971: Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" is certified Gold.

"Tired of Being Alone" is a soul song written by Al Green that became popular in the early 1970s and remains popular to this day. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart. Billboard ranked it as the number 12 song for 1971. 

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Though released on the 1971 album, Al Green Gets Next to You, the song was written in late 1968 and intended to be released on the 1969 album, Green Is Blues. Problems occurred with the first recording, so it was postponed for production. It was altered and perfected the second time around.   
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October 26, 1973:  Paul McCartney & Wings released the single "Helen Wheels."

"Helen Wheels" is a song by the British–American rock band Paul McCartney and Wings. The song was named after Paul and Linda McCartney's Land Rover, which they nicknamed "Hell on Wheels." he song was released as a single prior to Band on the Run and was not included on the British release of the album. However, Capitol Records vice president of promotion Al Coury persuaded McCartney to include it on the American release. The song peaked at number 10 in the United States on 12 January 1974 and at number 12 in the United Kingdom charts. 
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