Sunday, May 23, 2021

Music History Today: May 24, 2021

May 24, 1944: Patti Labelle is born Patricia Louise Holt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Actress and singer Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul music.

Patti LaBelle
 Patti LaBelle

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She has received acclaim for many of her songs, including "Lady Marmalade," "When You Talk About Love" and "New Attitude." She began her career as part of the Ordettes in 1959, who became the Bluebelles in 1961. Her success as a solo artist started in 1983 when she released her hit album I'm in Love Again. 
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May 24, 1965: Billy Joe Royal released "Down in the Boondocks" from his album of the same name.

Billy Joe Royal
Billy Joe Royal

“Down in the Boondocks” is a song penned by Joe South and recorded by Billy Joe Royal. It was a hit in 1965. Though the song only climbed to number 9, it was Billy Joe Royal’s biggest career hit. 
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May 24, 1969: The Beatles' "Get Back," featuring piano from Billy Preston, hits number 1 in America.

The song began as a satirical and critical look at attitudes towards immigrants in Britain. Paul McCartney intended to parody the negative attitudes that were prevalent among politicians and the press.

The Beatles
The Beatles

Race issues evidently played on McCartney’s mind during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. The most infamous of the unreleased ‘Get Back’ versions is known as ‘No Pakistanis’, and contained the line “Don’t dig no Pakistanis taking all the people’s jobs”. While mostly unfinished, the song did include a mumbled rhyming couplet which paired the words ‘Puerto Rican’ with ‘mohican’. 

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May 24, 1975: "Only Yesterday" by The Carpenters peaks at number 4.

"Only Yesterday" was composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts, The Carpenters' eleventh number one on that chart.

The Carpenters
The Carpenters

The song was The Carpenters' last top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100—though they would have nine more top-ten singles on the AC charts, ending with AC number seven "Make Believe It's Your First Time", a few months after Karen's death in 1983. 

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May 24, 1980: Linda Ronstadt made it to number 8 with "Hurt So Bad."

"Hurt So Bad" is a song written by Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, and Bobby Hart. It is a classic 1965 Top 10 hit ballad originally recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials. 

Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt recorded a cover of "Hurt So Bad" for her Platinum-certified album, Mad Love, in 1980. Produced by Peter Asher on Asylum Records, it was released as the disc's second single. Linda's version of the song featured a guitar solo by Danny Kortchmar. It stands as the most successful version ever recorded of the song. 

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