Monday, November 30, 2020

Music History Today: December 1, 2020

December 1, 1945: Bette Midler is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

By the time she appeared as the final guest of Johnny Carson’s 30-year career on The Tonight Show with an emotional performance of “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” she was an established star of stage and screen. 

Bette Midler

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It would be difficult, however, to imagine a more unorthodox path to mainstream stardom than the one followed by Bette Midler—”The Divine Miss M”—who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. 

Read more: Biography

December 1, 1958: Life magazine becomes the first major publication to print the phrase "teen idol" when they use it to describe their cover subject, Ricky Nelson.

On March 26, 1957, Ricky Nelson recorded a cover of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’”, along with “A Teenager’s Romance” and “You’re My One and Only Love”.  On April 10, 1957, Ricky Nelson played the drums and sang “I’m Walkin’” on an episode of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” that was appropriately titled, “Ricky, the Drummer”.


In this episode, Nelson debuted his recording before it was even released to the public, hyping the release even more. When it was finally released, Ricky Nelson’s “I’m Walkin’” reached the number 4 spot on the Billboard Charts. “A Teenager’s Romance” hit the number 2 position. 
Read more: Groovy History.


December 1, 1971: John Lennon releases "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in the US.

The song "Merry Xmas (War Is Over) came about after more than two years of peace activism by John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, that began with the 'bed-ins' they created in March and May 1969.

The song was part of an international multimedia campaign launched by the couple in December 1969, at the height of the counterculture movement and protests against America's involvement in the Vietnam War. They had rented billboard spaces in 12 major cities around the world, for the display of black-and-white posters that declared "WAR IS OVER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko."  
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 December 1, 1972:  The Eagles released the single "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

"Peaceful Easy Feeling" is a song written by Jack Tempchin and recorded by the Eagles. It was the third single from the band's 1972 debut album Eagles. 

The Origianl Eagles 1972

The single reached No. 22 on the charts and is one of the band's most popular songs. Glenn Frey sings the lead vocal, with Bernie Leadon providing the main harmony vocal (starting in the beginning of the second verse) and Randy Meisner completing this three-part harmony. 

Read more: Wikipedia

December 1, 1973:  Helen Reddy took over at number 1 on the Adult chart with "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)."

"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" is a 1973 song covered by Australian-American singer Helen Reddy.  It was a million-selling, Gold-certified hit single.

Helen Reddy

Capitol Records issued "Leave Me Alone" as the follow-up single to Reddy's No. 1 hit "Delta Dawn" despite the misgivings of Reddy herself. 

Read more: Wikipedia


One For My Baby
(And One More For The Road)
Bette Midler

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