Friday, July 23, 2021

Music History Today: July 24, 2021

July 24, 1971: "Walk Away" by the James Gang peaked at Number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Joe Walsh has been a part of many a band, and also delved in solo ventures. The singer-songwriter was also an amazing guitarist, and showcased his arsenal with his time in the James Gang.

James Gang
James Gang

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The James Gang was known for hits like “Funk #49” and “Walk Away”, being staples in classic rock radio. “Walk Away” came with the band’s third album, Thirds, which was the last to feature Walsh before his departure. The unique arrangement of the track hails from funk and hard rock influences, with hints of soul on the mix. 

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July 24, 1965: "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Jackie DeShannon peaks at Number 7 on the charts.

Hal David: I was living on the north shore of Long Island. I drove into Manhattan every day to meet Burt (Bacharach) at the Brill Building where we did our writing.  I would write in my head during the ride.

Jackie DeShannon
Jackie DeShannon

We showed the song to Dionne Warwick, who had recorded many of our songs, and it is the only song of ours that she ever turned down. We put it aside and then received a call from Liberty Records to meet with Jackie DeShannon. 
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July 24, 1971: Delaney and Bonnie and Friends peaked at Number 13 on the Billboards Hot 100 singles chart with "Never Ending Song of Love."

"Never Ending Song of Love" is a song written by Delaney Bramlett, and, according to some sources, by his wife Bonnie Bramlett. It was originally recorded with their band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in 1971 on the album Motel Shot. Released as a single by Atco Records the same year, "Never Ending Song of Love" became Delaney & Bonnie's greatest hit on the pop charts. 
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July 24, 1978: The movie Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, opens in New York City.

One would be hard pressed to find as colossal a mistake as Robert Stigwood Organization’s movie and soundtrack production of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

“Got To Get You Into My Life,” is one of the few hits that emerged from this album. Aerosmith is another example of rising above. Through the years since the boys from Boston released “Come Together” this track has been associated with them just as much as the Beatles, themselves. Steven Tyler’s distinctive voice helps. 

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July 24, 1982: Michael Martin Murphey debuts in the US top 100 this week with "What's Forever For."

Michael Martin Murphey hurtled to #1 on Billboard’s country singles chart with a tune that he personally considered as lyrically one of the greatest love songs to ever come his way: Rafe Van Hoy’s “What’s Forever For.”  Many big names had recorded it before Murphey did, but Michael’s version proved to be the definitive cut and the first of his two #1 country hits.  It’s Michael Martin Murphey’s “What’s Forever For:” 

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