Friday, June 4, 2021

Music History Today: June 5, 2021

June 5, 1971: Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg is born in Dorchester, Massachusetts

At thirteen, Mark Wahlberg was an original member of New Kids On The Block but quit only a few months in. 

Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
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Six years later in 1990, he formed the Funky Bunch with dancers/rappers Hector Barros, Scott Ross, Anthony Thomas, and Terry Yancey. Their first album, Music for the People (produced by big bro Donnie) gave the world the #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified platinum single, “Good Vibrations.” 
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June 5, 1954: Kitty Kallen's hit song "Little Things Mean a Lot" begins a seven week run at the top of the charts.

"Little Things Mean a Lot" is a popular song written by Edith Lindeman (lyrics) and Carl Stutz (music), published in 1953. The best known recording of "Little Things Mean a Lot," by Kitty Kallen, reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard chart in 1954, and also reached No.1 on the Cash Box chart the same year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song of 1954. 
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June 5, 1961: Roy Orbison had his first US number 1 hit with "Running Scared."

Ever the emotive singer-songwriter, Roy Orbison exemplifies this natural affinity to this with songs like 1961’s “Running Scared”.

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison

The song was written by Orbison with the help of Joe Melson, and is known for not having a chorus and instead banks on a progression that gradually builds up and is greatly assisted by the lyrics, arrangement, and Orbison’s vocal performance.  
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June 5, 1965: "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs peaked at number 2 on the charts.

“Wooly Bully” was written by Domingo Samudio, better known as Sam “The Sham”, a Dallas boy born in 1937. He recorded it in 1964 with his band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Sam, who wore a turban and robe and drove a 1952 Packard hearse, based it on the 1962 song “Hully Gully Now” written by Big Bo and Little Smitty, and recorded by Big Bo and The Arrows. Both are fast blues stomps but Sam made it Tex-Mex with his groove, Spanglish countdown and organ hook. 

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June 5, 1976: "Fool to Cry" by The Rolling Stones peaks at number 10 on the US music chart.

"Fool to Cry" was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Mick Taylor had just left the band and the Stones were left without a lead guitarist. 

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger

The recording of Black and Blue acted as a sort of audition for new guitarists, which led to session man Wayne Perkins playing guitar on this track. Jagger plays electric piano and Nicky Hopkins performs regular piano on the track, with Hopkins also playing the string synthesizer. 

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