Friday, January 7, 2022

Music History Today: January 8, 2022

January 8, 2002: The soundtrack of the movie I Am Sam - a Beatles tribute album - was released.

Director Jessie Nelson originally hoped to use all Beatles songs for the soundtrack to her new movie, I Am Sam, starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Soundtrack of the movie I Am Sam
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When she learned that getting the necessary clearances in time for the Dec. 28th release of the film would be impossible, she went for the next best thing: Beatles covers. Teaming with Sean Lennon on “Across the Universe,” Rufus Wainwright says the pair stuck to a faithful reading of the song.  
Read more: Rolling Stone

January 8, 1966: Gary Lewis and the Playboys reached the American Top 3 with "She's Just My Style."

"She’s Just My Style" was written by Al Capps, Thomas Lesslie "Snuff" Garrett, Gary Lewis, and Leon Russell. Lewis confirms that "it's the song of his that gets the most airplay today on radio. He told interviewer Ray Shasho in 2013 that he sought to emulate the style of The Beach Boys with the recording. 
Read more: Wikipedia

January 8, 1972: Grand Funk Railroad entered, at Number 99, Billboard's Hot 100 with "Footstompin’ Music."

Each of the members of Grand Funk Railroad had spent time playing in show bands that did a lot of R&B material, so it's no surprise that their music frequently exhibited a soulful sense of swing.
Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad 1970s
Mark Farner
Grand Funk Railroad

For example, they often did numbers during their days as a trio where Mark Farner would put down his guitar to play the keyboards in a funky style. One of the best examples of this sort of Grand Funk Railroad song is "Footstompin' Music," a blazing organ-driven jam that became a hit single in 1971. 
Read more: Allmusic


January 8, 1977: Rush, at Number 98, entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their "Fly by Night / In the Mood" medley.

"Fly by Night" is the title track of Rush's second album. The music was written by bassist Geddy Lee and the lyrics were penned by drummer Neil Peart. Peart wrote this song about his first trip away from home. In 1971, at 18 years old, he left behind his small-town Canadian life and flew to England. This was a major turning point in his life. 
Read more: Wikipedia

January 8, 2000: Kenny G entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the Top 10, at the peak position of Number 7, with "Auld Lang Syne."

"Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. By extension, it is also often heard at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions.
Kenny G
Kenny G

The text is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 but based on an older Scottish folk song. In 1799, it was set to a traditional tune, which has since become standard. "Auld Lang Syne" is listed as numbers 6294 and 13892 in the Roud Folk Song Index. The poem's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since" or, less literally, "long, long ago", "days gone by", "times long past" or "old times".  
Read more: Wikipedia

Across the Universe
Rufus Wainwright

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