Saturday, December 26, 2020

Music History Today: December 27, 2020

December 27, 1969: Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II hits number 1 on the American albums chart.

Led Zeppelin II was a twisted, swaggering beast of a record, born out of the experiences the four-piece (Page, along with singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones) were gaining from being part of, to coin a Spïnal Tap-ism, a living, breathing rock band on the road.

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It was in the US that Zeppelin first really made their mark, and their label (Atlantic Records) was anxious to reap full benefit from what was fast becoming their biggest dollar earner since Cream. 

Read more: Louder Sound

December 27, 1964: The Supremes appear on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, singing "Come See About Me." 

The Supremes were three high-schoolers growing up in the Detroit projects.

The Supremes

 Originally known as The Primettes, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard would go on to become the most successful “girl group” in history. The Supremes first appeared on the Sullivan stage on December 27, 1964 to perform their smash single, “Come See About Me.” 

Read more: Ed Sullivan

December 27, 1971: The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour begins a regular run on CBS after previously serving as a summer replacement. It stays on the air for three years.

On August 1, 1971, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” premiered on TV. 

Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Starring husband-and-wife duo Sonny Bono and Cher, each episode of their Emmy-nominated show included playful banter between the pair, comedy sketches and, of course, a performance of their signature classic, “I Got You Babe.” 
Read more: My Lifetime

December 27, 1975:  Queen rose to number 1 on the Album chart with A Night at the Opera.

Anyone that goes to see the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won’t emerge from the theater knowing much about drummer Roger Taylor. 

What they won’t learn is that Taylor was a great songwriter in his own right. He wrote “Radio Ga Ga,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll” and many others. The sole song the film ties to him is 1975’s “I’m In Love With My Car,” which is only brought up as a punchline.

Read more: Rolling Stone

December 27,  1986:  Wang Chung moved up the Billboard hot 100 chart and peaked at number 2 with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight."

Wang Chung—one of the most recognizable pop duo acts of the 1980s, comprised of Nick Feldman and Jack Hues—enjoyed a string of hits including “Dance Hall Days” and “Let’s Go,” but reached peak success with 1986’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight.” 

Wang Chung

In the catchy hit, Feldman and Hues implored listeners to “have fun tonight” and “Wang Chung tonight.” Fans in the UK could not Wang Chung as much as they would have liked. That’s because the music video for “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” was banned by the BBC over fears it could cause epileptic seizures. 

Read more: Mental Floss

Thank You 
Led Zeppelin

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