Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Music History Today: October 8, 2020

October 8, 1980: Talking Heads release their fourth album, Remain In Light. 

Released on 1980's Remain in Light, "Once in a Lifetime" shows the growing influence that producer Brian Eno, was having over the group. 

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David Byrne's speak-singing on the verses was inspired by field recordings of American preachers that Byrne was listening to while working on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, a collaborative album with Eno that he was working on at the same time as Remain in Light.
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October 8, 1976: Stevie Wonder's "Song in the Key of Life" becomes the third album in history to debuts at Number 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

"Isn't She Lovely" is a song by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life.

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The lyrics celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha Morris. All of the instruments heard in the song are played by Wonder, except for Greg Phillinganes on some of the keyboard parts. 
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October 8, 1977: Billy Joel's breakthrough album, "The Stranger," enters the Billboard album chart. 

"Just the Way You Are" is a song by Billy Joel from his fifth studio album The Stranger. It was released as the album's lead single. It became both Joel's first US Top 10 and UK Top 20 single. The song also garnered two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979.  
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October 8, 1988: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" finally falls off of Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record 741 weeks. 

The album's closest competition is Bob Marley's Legend – though, as Billboard notes, it's getting clobbered by Pink Floyd "by an almost 2-1 margin" in total chart weeks. 

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The magazine also points out that The Dark Side of the Moon has sold around 40 million copies worldwide and still sells approximately 8,500 copies "on a slow week ... often outpacing the low end of the Billboard 200." 

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