Thursday, October 8, 2020

Music History Today: October 9, 2020

October 9, 1940: John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. 

In 1985, on what would have been his 45th birthday, a section of Central Park in New York City is christened "Strawberry Fields" in his memory.

Strawberry Fields in Central Park, NYC

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October 9, 1962: Britain's BBC banned Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's "Monster Mash" under a catch-all regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed "offensive."
'Monster Mash' by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers was released in 1962. Pickett was a young actor, who sang with a band named the Cordials in the evening while he auditioned during the day. 


One night, while performing with his band, he acted out a monologue in the style of horror movie actor Boris Karloff, while performing the Diamonds' 'Little Darlin'.'' The audience were big fans, so Pickett composed 'Monster Mash.'
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October 9, 1961: Roy Orbison's hit song, "Crying," peaked at Number 2 on the charts.

"Crying," Roy Orbison's fifteenth single, still stands as one of the most beautiful, sincere and moving records of the rock and roll era. Orbison outdoes himself on his vocal performance with that aching falsetto that is guaranteed to tug on a few heartstrings. 
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October 9, 1971:  The Carpenters had their fifth Number 1 Easy Listening song in a row as "Superstar" moved to the top.

Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell’s evocative 1969 composition “Superstar” had a lot of history even before Richard and Karen Carpenter recorded their version. 

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Richard Carpenter was attracted to the song when he heard Bette Midler performing it on the Tonight Show on American television. 
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October 9, 1993: Meat Loaf's first hit in twelve years, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," moved from 25-9 on the charts.

Meat Loaf deals with a lot more lyrics than your average rock star. Still, when it came time to discuss the most widely misunderstood line of his career, Loaf knew exactly what to talk about. What is "that"? "It's the line before every chorus," explained Loaf. "There's nine of them, I think."

Some of the things the song says he won't do: forget the way you feel right now; forgive himself if you don't go all the way tonight; do it better than he does it with you, so long; and stop dreaming of you every night of his life.
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