Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Music History Today: February 17, 2021

February 17, 1976: The Eagles release Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975). 

Forty-five years ago today, the Eagles released Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975). With it, they officially became the first band to be able to say that they'd “gone platinum.”

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Since people talk a lot about “going platinum” without necessarily offering up what it takes to do so, the RIAA Platinum Award is doled out to those albums which have shipped one million copies. More than a few artists have released full-length efforts that have achieved that status. The Eagles did it first and, even more impressively, they continued to do it. 

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February 17, 1965:  The Kinks released the single "Tired Of Waiting For You."

The subject matter of “Tired of Waiting for You” is not typical pop fodder. It’s not about looking for love or celebrating love; it’s not even a kiss-off to a love gone bad. 

The Kinks 1960 publicity photo in front of row houses
The Kinks

It’s a song about being bored and worn-down by a relationship that’s going nowhere. The repetitive structure of the song underlines the thematic holding pattern. Rather than a conventional verse/chorus structure, the song instead paces back and forth among three short, distinct segments.  

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February 17, 1973:  Gladys Knight & the Pips took over at number 1 on the R&B chart with "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First to Say Goodbye)."

Released on December 26, 1972 on Motown's Soul Records, "Neither One of Us (Wants To Be the First to Say Goodbye)" became one of their biggest hit singles to date.

Gladys Knight & the Pips landscape photo behind a tree
Gladys Knight & the Pips

It was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown for Buddah Records in February 1973. The song is noted for the last time, when Gladys Knight sings the song's title, without saying the word "Goodbye", right before the song's end. 
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February 17, 1973:  War ruled the Album chart with The World is a Ghetto, knocking Carly Simon's No Secrets from the top.

"The World Is A Ghetto" went to #1 and was Billboard magazine’s album of the year, selling more copies than anything else in 1973. But War’s The World Is A Ghetto ain’t your typical platinum LP. 

Cover of the single by War A side The Cisco Kid

Sure, smash single “The Cisco Kid” greatly helped its ascension, but when you get beyond that feel-good, heavy-lidded funk shuffle, things get dark, psychedelic, and real. 
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February 17, 1984: The American musical drama film Footloose is released.

Footloose starred Kevin Bacon in the lead role as dance-lovin’ teen Ren McCormack. It's set in the fictional town of Bomont, Utah, a small, rural community with a strict set of rules. 

There's no dancing allowed within town limits, and rock music has been banned. In order to lift the ban, Ren and the rest of the town’s teens must prove themselves to the adults, especially Reverend Shaw Moore. The film’s soundtrack was full of outstanding music, including tunes such as “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” by Deniece Williams and “Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.

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