Friday, December 4, 2020

Music History Today: December 5, 2020

December 5, 1980: The movie Flash Gordon, with a theme song by Queen, opens in theaters.

Flash Gordon is an American football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocket-ship along with his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, ruled by Emperor Ming the Merciless.

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The evil Ming has been testing Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming our world a threat to his rule. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine, attempts to execute Flash and intends to destroy Earth.
Read more: IMDB

December 5, 1964: The Zombies' debut single "She's Not There" tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. 

The Zombies, from St Albans, were perhaps the epitome of the British Invasion group, who through a combination of good timing, luck and one all-time classic managed to stake their place in rock history. 

The Zombies

The classic in question was a haunting, piano-led song that instantly struck deeper than the Mersey-flavoured pop of the time. It should have set up Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone and co. for a career as long and rewarding as that of contemporaries like The Kinks or the Stones. Instead, within three years, disillusioned and convinced they were one-hit wonders, The Zombies had split, leaving only a misunderstood psychedelic gem as a parting gift. 

Read more: Louder Sound

 

December 5, 1970:  Guess Who moved their ninth career hit, "Share The Land," into the Top 10.

The Guess Who's history is much more involved than most of their fans realize. For one thing, they were around since the '60s, even scoring a Top 40 hit In 1965 with a cover of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates' "Shakin' All Over."

Guess Who

Between 1969 and 1970, the band had a huge run. "These Eyes," "Laughing," "Undone," "No Time," "American Woman" and "No Sugar Tonight" were all huge hits; two of them went to No. 1. In early 1970, the band released the American Woman album, and by year's end, the Guess Who were ready to deliver a follow-up.

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

December 5, 1979:  Fleetwood Mac released the single "Sara" from their album Tusk.

With 1979’s Tusk, Stevie Nicks did more than just deliver the album’s biggest single. She also found its emotional center. 

 

Tusk is notoriously one of the more prickly multi-platinum albums of all time, full of harsh sonic and purposely knotty detours. But all those frayed ends intertwine with “Sara,” a legend-making epic edited down to essentials and the song that provides Tusk with its beating, bleeding heart. 

Read more: Every Eighties Song, Analyzed

December 5, 1987::  Former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, one of The Top 100 Female Artists of the Rock Era, reached the pinnacle with her first solo effort "Heaven Is A Place On Earth."  

"Heaven on Earth" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988, but lost out to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)".

 

In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history".

Read more: Wikipedia

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