Friday, February 5, 2021

Music History Today: February 6, 2021

February 6, 1945: Bob Marley is born Nesta Robert Marley in Jamaica. 

Robert Nesta Marley was born in a small rural Jamaican village called Nine Miles. His father was a white man, Capt. Norval Marley, a superintendent of lands for the British government, which had colonized Jamaica in the 1660s. 
Bob Marley on black background with birth and death dates: 1945-1981
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Marley’s mother, Cedella, was a young black woman, descended from the Cromantee tribe, who as slaves had staged the bloodiest uprisings in the island’s plantation era. Capt. Marley seduced Cedella, age seventeen, promising her marriage. When Cedella became pregnant, the captain kept his promise — but left her the next day rather than face disinheritance. 
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February 6, 1965: The Righteous Brothers led the US hit parade with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."

It’s one of those all-time great opening lines: “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.” That line hints at a growing darkness, a sense of encroaching doom.

The Righteous Brothers
Righteous Brothers

And over the course of the song’s not-quite-four minutes, the whisper becomes a storm. In his endlessly heavy baritone, Bill Medley begs and pleads and groans and howls, and the music fills up the air around him, a symphonic dirge. It’s an astonishing piece of music, a widescreen ballad that treats teenage feelings with all the operatic bombast that, in the moment, those feelings demand. 
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February 6, 1982: "Centerfold" by  The J. Geils Band took over the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

For more than a decade, the J. Geils Band, despite being one of the most popular live bands in America and boasting a respectable track record of album sales, had managed to avoid scoring a top 10 single—hit records really weren’t what they were about.

Cover of the hit single "Centerfold" by  The J. Geils Band

Prior to “Centerfold,” the closest the band—formed in Massachusetts in 1967—had come to the top of the singles chart was during the first week of 1975 when its song with the spelling-challenged title “Must of Got Lost” peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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February 6, 1971: Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" crossed over from the Country to the Pop charts and landed on the top of the Cash Box hit parade.

In 1970, country singer and TV personality Lynn Anderson recorded “Rose Garden.” 

Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson

In the United States, it peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and was a crossover hit after it reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 Adult Contemporary. It was also a major hit, climbing the chart’s top spot in several countries, including Canada, Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland. 

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February 6, 1982: Dan Fogelberg's tribute to his father, "Leader Of The Band," was number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Dan Fogelberg’s song “Leader of the Band” is a touching tribute to his father Lawrence, who was a band leader and composer. 

Dan Fogelberg holding a feather
Dan Fogelberg

His career as a band leader included conducting the bands and teaching music at Woodruff High School in Peoria (1945-1955) and at Pekin Community High School (1955-1976). He also directed the Bradley University band at football and basketball games (1951-1959). 

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