Monday, January 4, 2021

Music History Today: January 5, 2021

January 5, 1969: Marilyn Manson is born Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio. 

Known for his outrageous outfits and on-stage antics, Marilyn Manson is an American goth-rock performer who has been protested and boycotted because of his perceived 'dark' views.

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Born Brian Hugh Warner, Marilyn Manson combined the names of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson for his stage name. Discovered by Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson and his eponymous band created such goth albums as Antichrist Superstar and Smells Like Children, to the joy of troubled teens and the chagrin of their parents. 

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January 5, 1968: "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" goes Gold just nine months after its release. 

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a 1967 compilation album of songs by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.  

Bob Dylan

Released on March 27, 1967 by Columbia Records, in the non-productive period after Dylan's motorcycle accident in 1966, it was the first compilation album of material by Dylan. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan had up to 1967, plus additional tracks, including songs not released as singles by Dylan. 
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January 5, 1974: The Carpenters' compilation album The Singles 1969-1973 hits number 1..

The Singles: 1969–1973 is an album by the brother-sister pop duo the Carpenters. A greatest hits collection, it topped the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and became one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s. 

The Carpenters

Features of this compilation include a newly recorded version of "Top of the World", "Ticket to Ride" and a number of musical introductions and segues between the songs "Superstar", "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "Goodbye to Love", the latter two were sped up in pitch, much to the regret of Richard in subsequent years. 
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January 5, 1979: The double-album soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever reaches sales of 25 million worldwide, making it the best-selling LP in history.

The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topped the album chart for six months in 1978, and it’s no wonder: The movie is packed with wall-to-wall hits. 

John Travolta & Fran Deshcher
The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno” can be heard a few times throughout the film, like when Tony dances with Fran Drescher, who plays Connie, one of the many women who fawn over him at the 2001 Odyssey nightclub.  The DJ then transitions into “You Should Be Dancing” and the floor clears, giving Tony a chance to show off . 
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January 5, 1998: In the Ally McBeal episode "Cro-Magnon," a thirty-something Ally is reminded of her ticking biological clock when she hallucinates a baby dancing to the tune of Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling." 

Marilyn Manson
Sweet Dreams Are Made of  This

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