Thursday, March 24, 2022

Music History Today: March 25, 2022

March 25, 1972: Deep Purple's album Machine Head is released in America.

Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Deep Purple's Machine Head have stood the test of time as the Holy Trinity of English hard rock and heavy metal, serving as the fundamental blueprints followed by virtually every heavy rock & roll band since the early '70s.

Deep Purple rock & roll band
Deep Purple

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And, though it is probably the least celebrated of the three, Machine Head contains the "mother of all guitar riffs" -- and one of the first learned by every beginning guitarist -- in "Smoke on the Water."   
Read more: Allmusic

March 25, 1967: "I’m a Man" by The Spencer Davis Group entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

"I'm a Man" was written by the Spencer Davis Group singer-songwriter Steve Winwood and record producer Jimmy Miller. The original recording was a fast, Hammond organ-driven blues rock track released as a single by the Spencer Davis Group in early 1967. It was the last hit single by the band before the brothers Steve and Muff Winwood left to pursue their own separate careers. 
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March 25, 1968 - The 58th and final episode of "The Monkees" TV show was aired.

The Monkees story began in the fall of 1965, when Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider -- a pair of producers whose Raybert Productions had a deal with Columbia Pictures and their TV branch Screen Gems -- came up with an idea for a television series about a rock group.

The Monkees
The Monkees

Inspired by Richard Lester's groundbreaking comedies with the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Help!, Rafelson and Schneider imagined a situation comedy in which a four-piece band had wacky adventures every week and occasionally burst into song. The NBC network liked the idea, and production on The Monkees began in early 1966.
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March 25, 1978: Shaun Cassidy's cover of "Do You Believe in Magic" started its climb up the US music chart. 

A major teen idol of the late '70s, actor/singer Shaun Cassidy rocketed to fame both on the pop charts and on television, much as his half-brother David Cassidy had done earlier in the decade.

Shaun Cassidy
Shaun Cassidy

The son of actors Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, he was born in Hollywood on September 27, 1959, and formed his first band at the age of 11. After signing with Mike Curb's division of Warner Bros. in 1975, Cassidy issued his 1976 debut single, "Morning Girl," which became a major European hit and made the singer the subject of considerable fan adulation and teen magazine scrutiny.  
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March 25, 1989: Chicago peaked at Number 10 in the US with "You're Not Alone." 

Bill Champlin knocks it out of the park vocally, and “You’re Not Alone” does have a catchy hook — much like most of the rest of 1988’s Chicago 19, without horns. Still the results are completely and utterly generic: “You’re Not Alone” could just as easily have been a minor hit for any number of other bands of the same era. While Dawayne Bailey was Chicago’s touring guitarist at the time, most of the studio albums from his tenure feature session guitarists. 
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Smoke on the Water
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