Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Music History Today: August 11, 2021

August 11, 1986: While on a reunion tour, six Monkees' albums were re-released and all e-entered Billboard's Hot 200 LP chart. The highest charting was The Monkees at Number 92.

The Monkees 1986
The Monkees 1986

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​"Critics of the band wouldn't believe it but The Monkees are a legitimate rock and roll band. They're also entertaining, something that can't be said about some of their '80s counterparts." 
USA Today  review of The Monkees' concert at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Long Island, New York on July 26, 1986 
August 11, 1954: Singer/musician Joe Jackson is born David Ian Jackson in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Five times Grammy nominee Joe Jackson is best known perhaps for hits like 1979’s witty "Is She Really Going Out With Him" and the sublime jazz-pop crossover smash ‘Steppin’ Out’ whose haunting urban dark keyed splendor is still the perfect soundtrack for a night-time foray into the neon-lit city.  
Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson
But while those hits personify certain facets of Jackson’s mercurial talent they don’t tell the whole story since he’s mastered so many musical styles, from power-pop to jive to cool combo swing, to the experimental fringes of the avant-garde, that rediscovering his catalogue is akin to investigating a variety of different moods. 
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August 11, 1962: "You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn finishes it's run up the US music chart at Number 8. 
Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942, Barbara Lynn played piano as a child before switching to guitar. At the age of 20, she wrote and recorded her first and most successful single, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” released by Jamie Records in 1962. It rose to the top of the (R&B) charts and remained there for three weeks. The song’s success led Lynn to tour with major R&B stars including Gladys Knight, James Brown, and Otis Redding, and landed her an appearance on American Bandstand. 
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August 11, 1979: Dr. Hook peaked at Number 6 with "When You're in Love With a  Beautiful Woman."
When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman," an internationally successful single by Dr. Hook, was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama.

Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook
Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook

The song first appeared on the band's 1978 album Pleasure and Pain. Riding the disco wave in 1979 it belatedly became an international hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA and doing even better in the UK where it spent three weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart in November 1979. 
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August 11, 1990: "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West peaked at Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
British pop duo Go West have Hollywood to thank for the success of their biggest hit. “King of Wishful Thinking” was featured in the 1990 film Pretty Woman and on its soundtrack even though the lyrics don’t really fit the plot of the movie. According to Songfacts, the film’s executives just liked the way the song sounded and asked if they could use it. 
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The Monkees
(Live 1986)

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