Friday, May 28, 2021

Music History Today: May 29, 2021

May 29, 1984: Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album.

Few would have predicted Tina Turner’s triumphant comeback in 1984, when Private Dancer put her on top of the album charts – least of all, perhaps, Turner herself. 

Tina Turner
Tina Turner
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For years she was trapped in a toxic, abusive marriage with Ike Turner, the man who discovered her and transformed Anna-Mae Bullock from Nutbush, Tennessee, into an R&B goddess called Tina Turner. But the pair’s troubled relationship finally came to an end when they were on tour together in 1975, and Tina resolved to leave him for good. 
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May 29, 1961: Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Melissa Etheridge became one of the most popular recording artists of the '90s due to her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, Janis Joplin/Rod Stewart-esque vocals.

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

Her 1988 self-titled debut spawned the hit single "Bring Me Some Water" and drew comparisons to such heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. In the wake of the album's success, she performed at the Grammy Awards. 
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May 29, 1967: Johnny Rivers released his version of the Miracles' hit "Tracks Of My Tears."

"The Tracks of My Tears" is a song written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. It is a multiple award-winning 1965 hit R&B song originally recorded by their group, The Miracles. In 1967, it was covered by Johnny Rivers. His verion reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
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May 29, 1976: Diana Ross reaches the top of the Billboard Pop chart for the fourth time in her solo career with "Love Hangover."

By 1976, just about every established star in pop music was playing catchup to disco, the music that was taking over America.

Diana Ross
Diana Ross

Diana Ross wasn’t sure about the sound. She had to be cajoled into making “Love Hangover,” her first real disco single. But with that song, Ross made a masterpiece — at least partly because she and producer Hal Davis captured the sort of dizzy rush of joy that you can only ever feel in a packed nightclub. 

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May 29, 1997: Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming in Wolf River in Tennessee. 

Jeff Buckley began playing guitar at age 5. Armed with his distinct multi-octave voice, Buckley emerged from New York's music scene in a big way with his first release, 1994's Grace. 

Jeff Buckley

The album made him an eventual sensation with both critics and fans, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" went on to achieve a sublime standing with listeners. Three years later, just short of his 31st birthday and while recording tracks for his second album, Buckley drowned while swimming at night near Memphis, Tennessee. 
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