Friday, December 18, 2020

Music History Today: December 19, 2020

December 19, 1997: Titanic opens in theaters and becomes the top-grossing movie of all time. The soundtrack sells about 15 million copies, thanks to Celine Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On."

One of the highest-grossing movies of all time, this enthralling saga is often considered a guilty pleasure in certain serious movie-lover circles, despite its 11 Oscars. But the universal appeal of Cameron's epic blockbuster is undeniable. 

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There's an irresistible love story starring two of the best actors of their generation; dazzling visual effects that involve the most famous ship disaster of all time; a smug, rich villain so easy to hate that he should be sporting an evil, twirling mustache; and a soaring James Horner score coupled with Celine Dion's hokey-but-touching "My Heart Will Go On."  

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December 19, 1955: Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" two days after writing the song.

The song “Blue Suede Shoes” is considered as one of the first rockabilly records. Johnny Cash was responsible for the creation of the song.  

Carl Perkins

In the fall of 1955, while Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South, Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C.V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulations airmen’s shoes as “blue suede shoes.” 

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December 19, 1964: Beatles for Sale was the new number 1 album in the U.K., knocking off the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night.

Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Beatles, released on 4 December 1964 by Parlophone.


The album marked a departure from the ebullient tone that characterized the band's previous work, partly due to their exhaustion from a series of tours that established them as a worldwide phenomenon. Musically, it introduced darker moods and more introspective lyrics, with songwriter John Lennon adopting an autobiographical perspective on songs such as "I'm a Loser"

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December 19. 1966:  The Buckinghams released the single "Kind Of A Drag." It will hit number 1 for two weeks in February, 1967.

The Buckinghams were a Chicago band, a bunch of local musicians from other bands who got together and made the push toward making it big.

The Buckinghams

They chose a conspicuously fake-British name, partly because it was 1965 and partly because it reminded them of Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain, the one from the Married With Children opening credits. 
They’d recorded a few songs before “Kind Of A Drag,” but that was the one that broke them out. The band’s fellow Chicago musician Jim Holvay, leader of a band called the Mob, wrote it for them, though he forgot to write a bridge for the thing.  
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December 19, 1980: The movie 9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton, opens in theaters. The theme song by the singer hits number 1 February 21, 1981.

"Nine to Five" is a good-hearted, simple-minded comedy that will win a place in film history, I suspect, primarily because it contains the movie debut of Dolly Parton. 

She is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film. There have been other debuts this unmistakable; you could name Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, John Travolta. 

And what you'd be talking about in each case would not necessarily be a great dramatic performance in an important movie. You'd be talking about a quality of presence, a personal life force that seems to take over the screen. 

Read more: Roger Ebert


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