Saturday, October 3, 2020

Music History Today: October 4, 2020

October 4, 1970:  Janis Joplin was found dead from heroin at 27 at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Cellphone Wallpaper Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

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October 4, 1963: Billboard magazine reports hot-rod songs are the latest teen fad. Capitol Records starts supplying DJs with a book of hot-rod terms.

The height of the Hot Rod song craze was between the years 1961-1965. Writers such as Gary Usher, Brian Wilson, Jan Berry and Roger Christian were creating and recording songs daily.

So many songs were being pumped out in fact, studio bands were created to get the songs out to the demanding public as quickly as possible.  These guys had nitro running through their veins and wrote about what they loved, cars, surf and girls...and not necessarily in that order.  
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October 4, 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Green River hits Number 1 on the strength of its title song.

John Fogerty recalled how the original idea for Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Green River” first occurred to him when long before he could play an instrument. 

L-R: Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook,
Doug Clifford, John Fogerty
He was inspired not by a body of water, but by the popular lime-flavored soda of the time, which at one point sold better than every other soft drink except Coca-Cola in soda fountains across the U.S.
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October 4, 1976:  Burton Cummings, lead singer of the top Canadian band in history, Guess Who, released "Stand Tall," his first solo single.

"Stand Tall" spent 21 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 10. Casey Kasem reported on American Top 40 that shortly following Cummings' departure from The Guess Who his girlfriend of 12 years left him for another man. "Stand Tall" was born from him taking his frustration to the piano and forging the melody there.
Read more: Wikipedia

October 4, 1980: The song "Late In The Evening" from Paul Simon's One Trick Pony album peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Late in the Evening" became a hit on several charts worldwide. In the U.S., the song hit number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song was a top "20 hit in the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.  
Read more: Wikipedia

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Janis Joplin

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