Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Music History Today: February 4, 2021

February 4, 1983: Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters died at age 32 of complications from anorexia.

After being called chubby as a teenager, Karen Carpenter began dieting. When she slimmed down from 145 to 120 lbs., her friends and family praised her weight loss. 

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It was only after her weight continued to plummet, dropping to a skeletal 90 lbs. in the mid-1970s, that they realized her health was in jeopardy. The lead singer of The Carpenters, the Grammy-winning band she’d formed with her brother, died on this day, Feb. 4, in 1983, of heart failure related to her years-long struggle with anorexia. 

Read more: TIME

February 4, 1948: Vincent Furnier, who will become better known as Alice Cooper, is born in Detroit.

The man (and the band) who first brought shock rock to the masses, Alice Cooper became one of the most successful and influential acts of the '70s with their gritty but anthemic hard rock and a live show that delivered a rock & roll chamber of horrors. 

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The name Alice Cooper originally referred to both the band and its lead singer (born Vincent Furnier), as they played dark, eccentric, psychedelic rock on their first two albums, Pretties for You (1969) and Easy Action (1970). After a spell in Detroit where they soaked up the high-energy influence of the Stooges and the MC5, Alice Cooper scored breakthrough hits in 1971 with "I'm Eighteen" and the album Love It to Death. 

Read more: Allmusic

 

February 4, 1967: The Seekers attain their highest spot on the Billboard Hot 100 when "Georgy Girl" peaks at number 2 behind "I'm A Believer" by The Monkees.

"Georgy Girl," written by Tom Springfield (music) and Jim Dale (lyrics), is the title song performed by The Seekers for the film of the same name.

 

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Across late 1966 and early 1967, the song became a #1 Australian hit and a #3 British hit. In the United States, it proved to be the Seekers' highest charting single in the USA, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and prompting the Seekers' British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release.
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February 4. 1987: Liberace dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 67.

Shortly before his death, stories circulated that Liberace had AIDS. He and his staff, however, vehemently denied that the entertainer had the disease.

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Liberace

Liberace passed away on February 4, 1987, at his home in Palm Springs, California. Initially, his doctor reported that the showman died of cardiac arrest. Later, an autopsy by the Riverside County coroner concluded that Liberace had actually died of AIDS-related pneumonia. 
Read more: Biography

February 4, 1989: "When I'm with You" by Sheriff hits number 1 on Billboards Hot 100 for one week 

"When I'm with You" is a power ballad by Canadian arena rock band Sheriff. The song was released in January 1983 in Canada as the second single from their self-titled debut album. A top ten hit in Canada in 1983, the song later hit number one in the United States in 1989, four years after the band separated in 1985. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

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