Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Music History Today: January 14, 2021

January 14 1967: Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In - A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. 

The Human Be-In, an event at San Franscisco’s Golden Gate Park, saw a widespread countercultural awakening amongst the disaffected student communities around San Francisco State University, City College and Berkeley.

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A turning point in the transition from beat to hippie culture for many people (including Allen Ginsberg), it was the event that brought the term ‘psychedelia’ to San Fransisco’s suburbs, feeding the burgeoning scene in Haight-Ashbury, a neighborhood that would become the center-point of this growing youth movement. 

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January 14 1956: Little Richard debuted on the chart with his first single, "Tutti Frutti."

Picture the scene. It is the year 1955. Elvis Presley is playing on the radio. He’s just released the hip shaking catchy single ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’ 

Little Richard

Bill Haley and the Comets are one of the most popular bands in America. It won’t be long before rhythm and blues pioneer Fats Domino appears on the scene. There is a frisson in the air; an exhilarating sense of potential and freedom, especially if you’re young and feeling rebellious.

It was into this vibrant scene that a curious man known as Little Richard first made his entrance. 

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January 14, 1975: Three Dog Night are awarded their 12th and final Gold record for the album, "Joy to the World - Their Greatest Hits."

In the landmark 1954 case Brown Vs. Board Of Education, the Supreme Court found that racially segregated schools were unconstitutional. For the embattled American left, this was cause for celebration. 

And in 1955, two folk songwriters who’d both been blacklisted during the era of McCarthyism got together to write a song that celebrated that decision. Earl Robinson and David I. Arkin (Alan’s father) wrote “Black And White” about the new world that they were hoping would come from that court decision — a world where black and white kids could learn together in harmony. 

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January 14,  1978:  After 16 weeks, Player reached number 1 with "Baby Come Back."

"Baby Come Back" is a song by 1970s group Player from their self-titled second album of the same name. It was written by lead singer Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley. The song was their biggest single, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the soul charts, in 1978. It was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, and the only number-one hit of their career.  
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January 14, 1989: The soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing reaches sales of ten million copies, which is now known as Diamond certification.

Johnny Castle has become angry because Baby Houseman will not tell her father that Johnny is her boyfriend. Later, Baby runs to Penny Johnson's cabin and finds Johnny there. Baby and Johnny goes out onto the porch, where she silently caresses his back and shoulders.

Then Robbie walks by and remarks that Baby is slumming with Johnny. Then Johnny beats up Robbie. While all that is happening, the soundtrack plays the song "You Don't Own Me" sung by The Blow Monkeys. 

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Human Be-In
A Gathering Of The Tribes

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