Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Music History Today: March 25, 2021

March  25, 1947: Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England.  

Elton John's unique blend of pop and rock styles turned him into one of the 20th century's biggest music icons. He was musically gifted from a young age, and released his first self-titled American album in 1970, making him a huge international star. 
Elton John
Elton John
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Some of his chart-topping hits include "Crocodile Rock," "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Candle in the Wind." He also found success on Broadway, composing the score for Billy Elliot (2008), which went on to win 10 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and knighted in 1998. 
Read more: Biography

March 25 1942: Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Multiple Grammy winner and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin was known for such hits as "Respect," "Freeway of Love" and "I Say a Little Prayer."

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

A gifted singer and pianist, Aretha Franklin toured with her father's traveling revival show and later visited New York, where she signed with Columbia Records. Franklin went on to release several popular singles, many of which are now considered classics. In 1987 she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she won her 18th Grammy Award, making her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history. 

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March 25, 1967: The Turtles moved to number 1 with "Happy Together." 

By the time the demo of “Happy Together” made its way to the Turtles, the acetate was worn out. Roughly a dozen bands, including the Tokens, the Happenings, and the Vogues, had rejected it.

The Turtles

Even given the degraded sound quality, it wasn’t much to write home about. The demo — recorded by songwriters Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon of the Magicians, whose “An Invitation to Cry” would turn up on the original Nuggets — consisted of nothing but vocals and guitar. Some reports insist it even lacked guitar, with handclaps providing the only accompaniment. 

Read more: Rebeat Magazine

 

March 25, 1972: America took the number 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with their first single, "A Horse With No Name."

It’s one of the most famously mysterious songs ever to become a hit. It’s got enigma baked into it, which may be part of its lasting magic. 

America soft rock band
America

Dewey Bunnell was one third of America, with Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek. All three wrote songs, played guitar, and harmonized beautifully. Gerry wrote “Sister Golden Hair,” and “I Need You.” Dan wrote “Don’t Cross The River,” “Lonely People” and others. Dewey’s the guy behind some of their most enigmatic and yet anthemic songs, including “Tin Man,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Horse With No Name.” 

Read more: American Songwriter

 

March 25, 1989: Mike + the Mechanics had the new number 1 song with "The Living Years."

“The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics forced everyone within earshot of a radio throughout much of 1989 to consider that fact their parents will inevitably die and leave them with profound regret.

Mike + the Mechanics
Mike + the Mechanics

Like many things in the Eighties, the existence of the song can be traced back to Phil Collins. His successful solo career forced Genesis to take long breaks between albums and tours throughout much of the decade. Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford used the break following the 1983 Mama Tour to form Mike + the Mechanics with singers Paul Carrack and Paul Young. 

Read more: Rolling Stone

 

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Elton John

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