Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Music History Today: December 10, 2020

December 10, 1967: Otis Redding died at age 26 when his personal Beechcraft plane crashed into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin.

Otis Redding, 26 years old, a former well-driller from Macon, Georgia, died in a plane crash in an icy Wisconsin lake on December 10. With him were the five teen-age members of the Bar-Kays, a group which made the popular instrumental, “Soul Finger,” and who backed Otis on his recent tours and appearances.

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Otis was headed from Cleveland, Ohio, to a Sunday evening concert in Madison, Wisconsin. It was his first tour in the private plane he had just purchased. His plane hit the surface of the fog-shrouded lake with tremendous force, widely scattering the debris. He was only four miles from the Madison Municipal Airport. On Tuesday, teams of divers were still dredging the bottom of the lake in a search for the bodies.  

Read more: Rolling Stone

December 10, 1973: The nightclub CBGB opens on Manhattan's Lower East Side. 

When Hilly Kristal opened CBGB & OMFUG (Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandizers) in December ‘73 at the intersection of Bleeker and Bowery in Manhattan’s East Village, he transformed a dilapidated biker bar into a crucible for the most influential artists of the era.

The nightclub CBGB

Patti Smith, Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads, Heartbreakers, Richard Hell, Suicide, Misfits, Cramps all got their start in this single-shop-front-sized, graffiti-scarred, ground-floor sweatbox. Its stage was tiny and toilets hellish, but its bar huge, clientele legends-in-waiting and T-shirts (until this century only available at the venue itself) badges of honour. 

Read more: Louder Sound

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December 10, 1976: Queen release their fifth album, A Day At The Races, in the UK.

Following A Night At The Opera, what else, but A Day At The Races. Queen once more took inspiration from the Marx Brothers and replicated the chronology of their movies.

Queen album, A Day At The Races

All the band were in high spirits when sessions for the new album commenced in July 1976 at The Manor before mixes were completed once more at Sarm East, with post-production at Wessex Studios. Freddie Mercury was now the proud recipient of two Ivor Novello Awards, for ‘Killer Queen’ and the outrageously complex ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. This was the kind of recognition from peers that repaid the hard graft and opened further doors.  

Read more: U Discover Music

 

December 10, 1976:  Paul McCartney & Wings released the triple live album Wings Over America.

Back in 1976, when Paul McCartney & Wings’ live album ‘Wings Over America’ was released, the band was coming off a string of four No. 1 records. 

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Paul McCartney - Wings Over America tour

 

The triple-album set, culled from various concerts the group performed on their 1976 U.S. tour in support of ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound,’ soon became their fifth straight No. 1. No surprise that the album was a hit. The 29-track LP is filled with McCartney favorites, stretching all the way back to his Beatles days.  

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

 

December 10, 1983: Tina Turner's first solo hit, a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," charts at number 6 in the UK as her comeback gets going.

The story has gone down in rock legend: Tina Turner overcame years of domestic abuse, slowly rebuilt her career, and returned to the top of the charts in 1984. 

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Her comeback album Private Dancer spawned an astonishing number of singles, most notably the iconic "What's Love Got to Do with It." That song has become so ubiquitous that few remember the actual first single off the album: a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."  
Read more: Blinded by Sound

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