Saturday, December 12, 2020

Music History Today: December 13, 2020

December 13, 1948: Ted Nugent is born Theodore Anthony Nugent in Detroit, Michigan.

Even as a child, Nugent showed a deep interest in music and began playing instruments by the time he was six. He started his career in music by playing guitar for the hard rock band The Amboy Dukes. He served as the band’s lead guitarist for many years before breaking off in order to pursue a solo career.  

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He could not have asked for a better start—his debut solo album, the self-titled ‘Ted Nugent’ produced several hit singles and went multi-platinum in the U.S. Along with bassist Rob Grange and drummer Clifford Davies, Ted went on to release ‘Free-for-All’ and ‘Cat Scratch Fever’, which established him as a solo rock star. 
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December 13, 1980: Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits was the new new 1 album.

The most timeless songs usually deal with some aspect of the human condition, with things that have existed for as long as people have. Songs about love, loss, pleasure, pain, and even the ravages of war are favorite subjects of songs that we hear on the radio every day. One song that is still being cut that deals with every one of the aforementioned topics is “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

Recorded in 1969 by rising pop star Kenny Rogers, whose name had just been recently put out front on the marquee with “Kenny Rogers and The First Edition,” “Ruby” was a song about a disabled war veteran whose significant other was headed uptown for some satisfaction that she couldn’t find at home. 

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December 13, 1970:  Dave Edmunds topped the U.K. chart with "I Hear You Knocking."

"I Hear You Knocking" is a rhythm and blues song written by Dave Bartholomew. New Orleans rhythm and blues singer Smiley Lewis first recorded the song in 1955. Subsequently, numerous artists have recorded it, including Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds, whose version reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1970 and was in the top 10 in several other countries. 

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December 13, 1975: Chicago IX, the group's Greatest Hits package, rose to number 1 on the Album chart. 

"(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" is a song written by James Pankow for the group Chicago and recorded for their album Chicago VII (1974).

Chicago VII

The first single released from that album, it reached number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, the song peaked as high as number 5. 
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December 13, 1986: Huey Lewis & the News peaked at number 3 with "Hip To Be Square" 

"Hip to Be Square" is a song by Huey Lewis and the News, written by Bill Gibson, Sean Hopper, and Huey Lewis, and released in 1986 as the second single from the multi-platinum album, Fore!.

According to Lewis, the song was meant to be ironic and was originally written in third person ("He used to be...").  "It wasn't intended to be an anthem for square people, and not everyone recognized the irony," said Lewis. He considers the misconstrued message of the song one of his regrets in his career. 

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