Monday, December 14, 2020

Music History Today: December 15, 2020

December 15 1973: Aerosmith perform their first single, "Dream On," on American Bandstand. 

"Dream On" is a well thought-out, well-written, and well known song by Aerosmith. It's simply a masterpiece for a rock duo known as "toxic twins." (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are referred to as such due to their heavy drug use.).

l-r: Joe Perry & Steven Tyler

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It's also a fan favorite, and according, has become a staple on their live set. To this day, it's very popular among rock and pop radio stations. In fact, "Dream On" is one of the handful of songs that is recognized as a rock anthem. 
Read more: Explore Rock Music 

(check out the Postmodern Jukebox  cover of Dream On here)

December 15, 1955: Johnny Cash releases "Folsom Prison Blues."

"Folsom Prison Blues" came to be regarded as one of the great American country music songs and one that perhaps defined Cash’s career.

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Johnny Cash 

It combines two archetypes of country music — the train song and the prison song — as well as two characteristics of Cash himself: sin, and the search for redemption. This quintessentially American song was actually written in the then West Germany, while Cash served in the US Air Force in the early 1950s. 

Read more: Financial Times

December 15, 1958:  "Lonely Teardrops" by Jackie Wilson took over at number 1 on the R&B chart.

If Jackie Wilson had known how prophetic the lyrics to "Lonely Teardrops" would be, he may have decided to pass on the song altogether. 

 

Co-written by Berry Gordy, who would later start the Motown record label, this song became Wilson's first Number One R&B single. 
But in an odd twist of fate, Wilson was singing this song at a casino in 1975, and right after he sang the lines "My heart is crying," the singer collapsed on stage from a heart attack and fell into a coma, which persisted until he passed away nine years later.  
See more:  Rolling Stone

December 15, 1973: Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl" hits number 1 for the first of two weeks.

“The Most Beautiful Girl” is a ballad written by Rory Bourke, Billy Sherill, and Norro Wilson. American country singer, Charlie Rich, recorded the song and it was released on August 1973 as a single from his album, Behind Closed Doors. 

 

His rendition immediately entered into country charts and peaked at number 1 in three Billboard Music Charts such as Hot 100 chart, Hot Country Singles chart, and Easy Listening chart. 

Read more: Country Daily

December 15, 1983: "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by Dr. Elmo hit number 1 on the Billboard Christmas singles charts.

Although "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" now resides well outside of Billboard's Holiday 100 chart, it once reigned supreme over Christmas classics, due in part to controversy that's every bit as silly as the song's music video.

Dr. Elmo Shropshire, a Kentucky native, Auburn University graduate and veterinarian, and then-wife Patsy Trigg learned the song in the late '70s from its writer, Randy Brooks. Elmo & Patsy first recorded the song in 1979 while living in San Francisco. 

The over-the-top tale of holiday season hit-and-run brought even more levity to playlists dominated by comparably serious tales of Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 

Read more: Wide Open Country

 

Dream On
Aerosmith

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