Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Music History Today: December 9, 2020

December 9, 1999: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States. 

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The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 "Candle In The Wind" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

December 9, 1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published, with a photo of John Lennon on the cover.

In early 1967, a young law-firm employee named Angie Kucherenko came home to her apartment in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and found her roommate’s boyfriend, a 21-year-old Berkeley dropout named Jann Wenner, sprawled on the couch and strumming an acoustic guitar.

John Lennon in the 1967 film How I Won the War
First Rolling Stone cover photo
He had a big idea he couldn’t wait to share. “He sat up, put the guitar aside and said, ‘I want to start a rock & roll magazine,'” Kucherenko remembers. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

December 9, 1967: The Beatles topped the U.K. chart with "Hello Goodbye."

.‘Hello, Goodbye’ – The Beatles’ final single of 1967, their annus mirabilis – was their first release after the death of Brian Epstein. It was backed with ‘I Am The Walrus’, to the displeasure of John Lennon, who considered his song to be the superior of the two. Lennon later dismissed ‘Hello, Goodbye’ as “three minutes of contradictions and meaningless juxtapositions”. The song had its genesis at Paul McCartney‘s house in Cavendish Avenue, London. 

Read more: Beatles' Bible

December 9, 1974: Carole King's album Wrap Around Joy, featuring the hit "Jazzman," goes to number 1 in America.

One of the most popular vocalist/writers of our time is back with her first effort in nearly a year, and it adds up to another collage of simply beautiful music.  
Carole King

Several of the cuts are a bit more on the rock side than what we are used to hearing from Ms. King, yet they are done as tastefully and skillfully as are her softer things.
Read more: Super Seventies

December 9, 1978: Boney M reached number 1 in the U.K. with their remake of the 1957 Harry Belafonte song "Mary's Boy Child."

"Mary's Boy Child" is a 1956 Christmas song, written by Jester Hairston. Harry Belafonte heard the song being performed, got permission to record it, and released as a single in 1956. One of the best-known cover versions of the song is from the German-based disco-group Boney M. from 1978, "Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord." 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

Candle In the Wind

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