Saturday, March 6, 2021

Music History Today: March 7, 2021

March 7, 1975: David Bowie releases his ninth album, the soul-inflected Young Americans.

In the summer of 1974, as he was traveling across America on his mammoth Diamond Dogs arena-rock tour, David Bowie got deeply into soul music.

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He booked a mid-tour recording session at Sigma Sound, the studio where Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff were constructing the sound of Philadelphia. The soul-inspired album that came out of the Sigma Sound recordings, Young Americans, was yet another new direction for an artist who staked his career on ceaselessly finding new directions. 

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March 7, 1975:  "Fox on the Run" by Sweet is released.

Sweet was a 70’s band that had some hits and was categorized more as a Glam Rock band then a Pop Music band. Fox on the Run was the first single that was written by the band and is a Pop Music song all the way. 

The Sweet

The song starts off with the original member Andy Scott giving us these simple notes on the synthesizer or organ that quickly builds up speed as the rest of the band kicks in. The drumming of the late Mick Tucker along with bass player Steve Priest keeps the song rolling at the fast pace required to keep this Top 10 hit moving from beginning to end. 

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March 7, 1969: Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" is certified gold.

Among the many hitmakers of the 1960s was Tommy Roe who scored six top 10 singles during the decade, two of them—“Sheila” (1962) and “Dizzy” (1969)—reaching #1. Roe announced his retirement on Feb. 8, 2018, saying, “I have so many great memories of the music and of my fans who have supported me through the years. Fifty-five years, to be exact. What a gift it has been for me to share this time with you.” Less than six months later, the singer had quadruple bypass surgery, on July 27. 

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March 7, 1973:  A song from the movie Deliverance called "Dueling Banjos" by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel becomes one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record.

In an era for unlikely Top 40 radio hits, it was as surprising as they come. The instrumental song was, “Dueling Banjos,” released in December 1972, and prominently featured in the film, Deliverance, released earlier that year.

The thriller, based on a 1970 novel by James Dickey, starred Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, with Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, as four friends who go on a canoe trip in remote Georgia. The plot quickly positioned them as “city boys” with several locals they meet, setting the tone for a deadly encounter that will occur later. 

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March 7, 1988: The drag queen Divine (Glenn Milstead) dies of a heart attack at age 42.

Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine.

 

Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters, at high school in Baltimore, and the two combined to star in and direct several ultra low budget, taboo breaking cult films of the early 1970s. Their first efforts included Roman Candles (1967), Eat Your Makeup (1968) and Mondo Trasho (1969)....however, their most infamous work together was the amazing Pink Flamingos (1972).  

Read more: IMDb

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