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." 

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It's also a fan favorite, and according, has become a staple on their live set. "Dream On" is one of the handful of songs that is recognized as a rock anthem. 
Read more: Explore Rock Music 

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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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. 

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. 
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.

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. 

Read more: Wide Open Country


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