Friday, June 18, 2021

Music History Today: June 19, 2021

June 19, 1983: Rapper Macklemore (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born Ben Haggerty in Seattle, Washington.
Rapper Macklemore fell in love with hip-hop as a kid and eventually released solo work before succumbing to drug abuse and entering rehab in 2008.


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He then teamed up with producer Ryan Lewis, and the two went on to have huge success with their debut album, The Heist, and the singles "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," with millions of copies sold. In 2014, the duo won four Grammys, including the prize for Best New Artist, and released their sophomore effort This Unruly Mess I've Made two years later. 
Read more: Biography
June 19, 1971: Carole King scored a double-sided hit as "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move" climbed to Number 1.
Tapestry, King’s second solo album, arrived on Feb. 10, 1971, one day after the deadly San Fernando earthquake hit L.A. The album’s opener was, coincidentally, “I Feel the Earth Move.” 

Carole King "Tapestry" photoshoot
Carole King's "Tapestry" photoshoot

That wasn’t what the song was about, though the serendipity of it captured the attention of listeners. The rollicking song was by far the most sexual track on the album, reflecting where King was in her life and the expansion of women’s liberation in America. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

June 19,  1972:  The Carpenters released the single "Goodbye To Love."
It’s an absolute classic, a power ballad and one that became the template for so many that followed in the 1980s by all those “hair bands” eager to pull at our emotional heartstrings.

The Carpenters
The Carpenters
Released in the summer of 1972, “Goodbye to Love” was the third single to be taken from the Carpenters’ A Song For You album. It made the Billboard charts in July and became their second Top 10 single in Britain in September of the same year. 
Read more: U Discover Music


June 19,  1982:  Asia rose to Number 1 with their self-titled album on the US Top 200 chart.
This marriage of four players with impressive pedigrees proved to be the success story of 1982 when Asia's debut lodged itself at the top of the U.S. album charts for two months. 

The album spawned a massive number four single in "Heat of the Moment," a follow-up Top 20 hit in the sweeping "Only Time Will Tell," and a handful of other tracks that received heavy radio play despite going against the grain of the new wave styling of the day. 
Read more: Allmusic


June 19, 1993: Rod Stewart makes it to Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Have I Told You Lately." 
"Have I Told You Lately" is a song written and recorded by Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison for his nineteenth studio album Avalon Sunset. It is a romantic ballad that is often played at weddings, although it was originally written as a prayer. Rod Stewart covered the song for his album Vagabond Heart. 
Read more: Wikipedia


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