Thursday, February 18, 2021

Music History Today: February 19, 2021

February 19, 1980: AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott died after a night of heavy drinking. 

Bon Scott was found dead on Feb. 19, 1980. The AC/DC frontman had been out drinking with friends – but the casual evening took a terrible turn as Scott passed out in his car, and ultimately choked to death on his own vomit. He was only 33 years old.

AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott singing in concert cellphone wallpaper
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"For us, it was like losing a member of your family," guitarist Angus Young said in a subsequent interview. "It's very, very difficult to go through something like that. Not only is it your friend, it's also somebody you've been working with all that time."  

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February 19, 1940: Smokey Robinson was born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit. 

Smokey Robinson is second to only Berry Gordy in the founding of Motown. 

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Smokey Robinson

A prolific songwriter, he is credited with 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits, including "Tears of a Clown," "Tracks of My Tears" and "Love Machine." Robinson also served as vice president of Motown Records, writing and producing hits for groups such as The Temptations ("My Girl") and Mary Wells ("My Guy"). 
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February 19, 1966: Lou Christie electrifies the charts when "Lightnin' Strikes" hit Number 1.

“Listen to me, baby, you gotta understand / You’re old enough to know the makings of a man.” That’s how Lou Christie opens “Lightnin’ Strikes,” his one #1 hit. 

Lou Christie

He sounds like an early-’60s teenybopper crooner, slick and composed. But as the song builds and unfurls, he comes more and more unhinged before jumping into a wild Frankie Valli falsetto on the chorus. 
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February 19, 1966:  The Lovin' Spoonful released the single "Daydream."

The public was introduced to the Lovin’ Spoonful in the late summer of 1965 when the New York band’s debut single “Do You Believe in Magic” reached No. 9 on the nationwide charts. 
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Lovin' Spoonful

Before the year was over, the Lovin’ Spoonful cracked the Top 10 again with “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” prompting them to become one of the most happening acts on the scene. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s second album, Daydream, extended the momentum.  Along with the gingerly hum of “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” the title track clasped the airwaves, peaking at No. 2 in the spring of 1966. 
Read more: Something Else Reviews 


February 19, 1977: Rod Stewart's new single, "The First Cut Is The Deepest," jumped from Number 77 to 46. It peaks at 21.

There were actually 68 versions of “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” The original was first performed by P.P Arnold and released in May 1967. The most recent cover was in March 2017 performed by Billy Valentine.

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Rod Stewart

Fans of Rod Stewart would unanimously agree that his take of “The First Cut Is The Deepest” remains a strong contender today just as it was in the ’70s. The song automatically was a chart-topper in the UK and it reached no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

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