Thursday, January 7, 2021

Music History Today: January 8, 2021

January 8, 1935:  Elvis Aaron Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Born in a two-room house built by his father, grandfather and uncle, Elvis was one of twin brothers born to the Presleys. His brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn. 

Elvis Presley

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Elvis grew up in Tupelo surrounded by his extended family including his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Financially, times were hard on Vernon and Gladys, and they had to move out of the house where Elvis was born when he was only a few years old for lack of payment. 

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January 8, 1947: David Bowie is born David Jones in London. On his 66th birthday, Bowie surprised the music when he released the song "Where Are We Now?"

It’s David Bowie’s birthday today. So what does he do? Only gift the world his first single in ten years and announce a new album. You can hear ‘Where Are We Now?’ at and download it at iTunes. 

David Bowie

 His 25th album ‘The Next Day’ is set for March 11 release for the UK. The standard edition contains 14 tracks with the ‘Deluxe Version’ adding three more and both are available to pre-order on iTunes now. 

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January 8, 1966:  Rubber Soul moved up from Number 60 to become The Beatles' seventh Number 1 US album.

Rubber Soul was another album for Christmas - released on 3rd December, 1965 just two weeks after final mixing had taken place. 

The Beatles - Rubber Soul photoshoot

Following the release of their previous album The Beatles had undertaken a momentous tour of the USA and Canada including a record breaking appearance at New York's famous Shea Stadium. Following a deserved holiday, the guys returned to the studios in mid October, not only to record the album but also a new single - their first double A-side featuring "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out."  

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January 8, 1966: The Statler Brothers enjoy their only Billboard Hot 100 success when "Flowers On The Wall" peaks at Number 4.

The Eric Heatherly of today suits Music City during such rockabilly-friendly events as the Nashville Boogie while sounding and looking nothing like the retro-minded artists given a fair shake on Music Row.  

Eric Heatherley

Yet in 2000, Heatherly worked with Alan Jackson's go-to producer Keith Stegall on Swimming in Champagne, a Mercury Nashville debut highlighted by a top 10 cover of The Statler Brothers' "Flowers on the Wall." Original Statler Brothers tenor singer Lew DeWitt wrote the song about a lonely man with a well-adjusted and concerned neighbor. The song was released in September 1965 and found its way onto the top five of  Billboard's Hot Country Singles Chart and the all-genre Hot 100 by January 1966. 

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January 8, 1979:  Heart released the single "Dog & Butterfly."

"Dog & Butterfly" is the title track to Heart's fourth studio album and was released as the album's second single.


The song is a more subdued effort from the band as Ann and Nancy Wilson pulled from their folk music influences. The song charted moderately in the US in 1979, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although it enjoyed only moderate chart success, the song has remained a setlist staple for Heart consistently through the years. 
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