Monday, June 7, 2021

Music History Today: June 8, 2021

June 8, 1974: Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" goes to Number 1 on the Country chart. 

Before it became a record-breaking single for Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You" was a country hit for Dolly Parton, who also wrote the tune.

Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You"

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"I Will Always Love You" is about the breakup of the singing partnership between Parton and longtime mentor Porter Wagoner. The pair performed together on Wagoner's television show starting in the late 1960s. They released several duet albums together before they parted ways. 

Read more: Live About

June 8, 1944: Boz Scaggs is born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio.

Playing guitar since the age of 12, & a friend of Steve Miller's from early on, Scaggs was busy musically in America & abroad.

Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

Traveling to Sweden in the mid-sixties, he had his first solo release Boz. Enjoying his first serious fame with the Steve Miller Band, he had his greatest commercial success in 1976 with the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees. 
Read more: Discogs

June 8, 1953: Bonnie Tyler is born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, Neath, Wales.
Recognized for her distinctly raspy voice and soulful pop repertoire, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her first worldwide hit in 1978 with "It's a Heartache" from her second album, Natural Force. 

Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler

Characteristic of her work in the '70s, it blended elements of country, rock, and pop. Leaving signs of country behind, she struck recording-industry gold a second time with 1983's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" from fifth LP Faster Than the Speed of Night. 
Read more: Allmusic

June 8, 1974: Joni Mitchell peaks at Number 7 with "Help Me."

Joni Mitchell’s best-selling single Help Me was on the Billboard charts in 1974 for 19 weeks, reaching No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that May and No. 7 on the Hot 100. From her album “Court and Spark,” the beautiful ballad blends Mitchell’s love of jazz with her unique folk touch. 
Read more: Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 8, 1991:  "More Than Words" by Extreme takes over the top of the Billboard chart.

As the 1980s came to a close, some emerging new bands wanted to rock with perhaps a little more substance than the hair bands that preceded them. Extreme was one of those emerging bands.


With a super-shredder guitar player who could also lay down the funk with the best R&B players, nobody would have expected them to come up with one of the great acoustic love ballads ever, “More Than Words.” 

Read more: American Songwriter


I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton 

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