Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Music History Today: December 3, 2020

December 3, 1982: Duran Duran released their first career single "Hungry Like The Wolf."

Written collectively by the members of Duran Duran and produced by Colin Thurston, “Hungry Like the Wolf” was recorded in the basement of EMI’s HQ in London, put together piece by piece, with each band member adding their respective part when they got there.

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Nick Rhodes reportedly came up with the idea for the backing track while in the car on the way over to the studio, Simon Le Bon’s lyrics were inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and penned while Rhodes was futzing around with the keyboard, and once Rhodes had his bit down, 
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December 3, 1965: The Beatles release "Nowhere Man" in the UK.

Originally released on Rubber Soul in the UK, ‘Nowhere Man’ was born of John Lennon’s feelings of isolation in his Weybridge home, where he spent many hours in solitary contemplation away from the mayhem of Beatlemania.

ong that was meaningful and good and I finally gave up and lay down. Then ‘Nowhere Man’ came, words and music, the whole damn thing, as I lay down." 

Read more: Beatles Bible 

December 3, 1973: Ringo Starr releases "You're Sixteen" in the US.

“You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit #1 on the Billboard charts with the song ‘You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful, And You’re Mine),’ and it was a remake of an earlier song. He was thirty something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. 

Ringo Starr

Johnny Burnette was 26 in 1960, when his version of “You’re Sixteen” came out. But in ’50s and early ’60s pop, it was probably safer to assume that the people singing these pop songs were playing characters, not necessarily being themselves. Burnette was making a song for teenagers, not confessing to some illicit affair. 

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December 3, 1977: 10 C.C. released the single "The Things We Do For Love."

"The Things We Do for Love" was released as a single in 1976. It later featured on the album Deceptive Bends released in 1977 and was the group's first release after the departure of band members Godley and Creme. 
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The song was a hit in various countries worldwide, reaching No. 1 in Canada, as well as peaking at No. 6 in the UK, No. 5 in Australia, No. 13 in the Netherlands, No. 2 in Ireland and No. 5 in the US, where it reached gold status and became the band's best-selling single. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 3, 1978: Al Stewart's "Time Passages" peaks at Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

As Al Stewart tells it, every singer starts off writing love songs - but a “disastrous” affair made his efforts so downbeat one reviewer suggested he give it a miss. So Scottish born Stewart, who later had global hits in the mid-1970s with his “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” albums, decided to look elsewhere for inspiration. He is folk-music’s history man. 

Read more: Reuters

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