Thursday, February 25, 2021

Music History Today: February 26, 2021

February 26, 1977: The new number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart is "New Kid in Town" by The Eagles.
When recalling the music of Glen Frey and the Eagles, many retrospectives have listed the incredible string of hit songs the band ripped off in the ’70s and yet also noted the fact that these chroniclers of California excess and ennui were rarely critical darlings.
Hotel California inside album cover art
Hotel California inside album cover art

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It’s an odd conundrum, one that the band addressed in part on “New Kid In Town,” the chart-topping lead single off their 1976 masterpiece Hotel California.  
Read more: American Songwriter 

February 26, 1932: Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas. 

Johnny Cash grew up in a poor farming community and joined the Air Force in 1950.

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He co-founded a band following his discharge, and within a few years Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two had scored hits with songs like "Walk the Line." Cash's career was nearly derailed in the 1960s by a serious substance-abuse problem, but his marriage to June Carter and acclaimed album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) put him back on track. 
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February 26, 1953: Michael Bolton is born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut.
Three-time Grammy Award winning American singer and songwriter, Michael Bolton has enjoyed one of the most successful and extraordinary music careers.
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Michael Bolton

He has sold over a total of 53 million albums across the globe, which includes eight top ten albums and two No. 1 singles. A prolific and talented songwriter, Bolton has written songs for some of the most renowned and successful music artists like Barbra Streisand and Kenny Rogers, among others. Best recognized and known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals, Bolton also initially performed in the hard rock and the heavy metal genres.  
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February 26, 1962: Shelley Fabares released the single "Johnny Angel." 
"Johnny Angel" is the debut pop single by Shelley Fabares. Her cover version of the song was recorded in the fall of 1961, and was released in 1962 on the Colpix label. The track was the first single taken from Fabares' debut solo album Shelley!, which was produced and arranged by Stu Phillips. The single premiered on an episode, "Donna's Prima Donna" of Fabares' sitcom, The Donna Reed Show, during the fourth season. 
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February 26 1966: Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" climbs to number 1 in America.

According to singer Nancy Sinatra, songwriter Lee Hazlewood and arranger Billy Strange swung by her parents’ living room to preview a selection of tunes they thought she might want to record.

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Nancy Sinatra

The moment she heard “These Boots Are Made For Walkin‘”s memorable bass guitar lick, she knew it was a winner. Originally conceived of as a song from the male POV, the 25-year-old, just-divorced Sinatra felt its message would be less “harsh and abusive” delivered by a “little girl.” 

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