Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Music History Today: May 27, 2021

May 27, 1986: Journey released their ninth studio album, Raised on Radio.

Nothing lasts forever — not even the incredible streak of hits Journey started in the '80s. And as the second half of the decade dawned, the band was falling apart.

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In addition to the traditional wear and tear of the recording/touring cycle that Journey had been on since the early '70s, the mid-'80s proved particularly trying on a personal level for singer Steve Perry, who had to cope with his mother's terminal illness just as the band was gearing up to record the follow-up to 1983's Frontiers. Emotionally drained by the looming reality of a loved one's death, Perry nonetheless took on the responsibility of producing the band's next album. 

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May 27, 1963: The Chiffons released the single "One Fine Day."

One Fine Day was written by the dynamite songwriting duo (and husband/wife team) of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. 

The Chiffons
The Chiffons

In the early 60s, Goffin and King were just about the hottest songwriters in pop music, writing a slew of top 40 hits. Gerry wrote the lyrics and Carole composed the music. Apparently the title for One Fine Day was inspired by the song Un Bel di Vedremo from the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly. 

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May 27, 1972: The Chi-Lites land their first and only number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Oh Girl."

The early ’70s were a great era for soul music. It was a time of huge advancement, all these production auteurs using new studio techniques to turn their songs into dazed psychedelic symphonies. 

The Chi-Lites
The Chi-Lites

But at the same time, these musicians were still deeply rooted in the early days of their genre. A lot of the great vocal groups of the era had been around for a long time, doing their thing since the doo-wop days. That’s the case with the Chi-Lites, who’d spent more than a decade as Chicago journeymen before scoring their one #1 hit. 
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May 27, 1967:"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" by Neil Diamond makes it to number 10 on the US music chart.

The song first appeared on Diamond's album Just for You. The mono and stereo versions of this song differ slightly.

On the mono "Just For You" LP as well as on the 45, the strings do not come in until the second verse. It also has a slightly longer fade. The stereo "Just For You" LP version has a shorter fade and the strings come in on the first chorus. 
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May27, 1972: Al Green tops out at number 4 with his hit "Look What You Done For Me."

Al Green wrote "Look What You Done For Me" on his own, but Al Jackson Jr. and Green's producer Willie Mitchell received co-writing credits. 

Al Green
Al Green

It was released by Hi Records as a single in March 1972, in advance of the album I'm Still in Love with You. At the time of the single's release, "Let's Stay Together," Green's first number-one single, was still on the charts. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

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