Thursday, December 10, 2020

Music History Today: December 11, 2020

December 11, 1964: Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles motel. 

On December 11, 1964, in response to a reported shooting, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department were dispatched to the Hacienda Motel, where they found musician Sam Cooke dead on the office floor, shot three times in the chest by the motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin.

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The authorities ruled Cooke’s death a case of justifiable homicide, based on the testimony of Ms. Franklin, who claimed that Cooke had threatened her life after attempting to rape a young woman with whom he had earlier checked in. 
Read more: History

December 11, 1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears released their landmark self-titled album.

"You've Made Me So Very Happy" is a song written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Brenda Holloway. The tune received a boost when the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears covered it in 1969. 

Included on the group's Beponymous second album, it became one of Blood, Sweat & Tears' biggest hits, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1969. It was kept from the number 1 spot by Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension. 

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December 11, 1982: Show business veteran Toni Basil scored a number 1 song with "Mickey." 

The advent of MTV is one of the great inflection points of pop music history, like the sudden boom of disco or the advent of the streaming era. MTV was shallow and coked-out and, at least at the beginning, racist as all hell.

 

Toni Basil

It damaged entire generations’ attention spans, and it went on to unleash a great many plagues upon the world: Reality TV, the institution of spring break, Pauly Shore’s movie career. And yet this new development was a unilaterally good thing, at least from a chart watcher’s decades-later perspective. 
MTV introduced bright, zippy new sounds into an American mainstream. It largely booted sleepy adult-contempo ballads from their place of dominance. And it created an environment where a song like Toni Basil’s “Mickey” could become a smash.  
Read more: Stereogum

December 11, 1990: The Recording Industry Association of America certifies Led Zeppelin IV Diamond, with sales of 10 million in America. 

Going to California
Led Zeppelin

December 11, 2006: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey becomes the first ringtone certified Gold for sales of over 500,000.

Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' has consistently dominated not only the holiday music charts, but the zeitgeist since it made its joyous debut in 1994. Perhaps even more impressive is the Christmas song’s ability to be beloved throughout this time period, somehow capable of charming listeners in spite of its ubiquity every holiday season.

Mariah Carey
Now, (27) years and endless screenings of Love, Actually later, the song has become on of the ultimate modern Christmas anthems, unrivaled by any of its contemporary peers and more than able to hold its own with longtime favorites of the holiday canon. 
Read more: TIME

A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke

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