Friday, August 13, 2021

Music History Today: August 14, 2021

August 14, 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in the United Kingdom at the Rialto Theatre in London.
On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio's merry Denton, blissfully-affianced, prudish, boringly-innocent young pair Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. 

The Rocky Horror Picture advertisement August 14 Rialto Theatre in London.

Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Tim Curry's) spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist's proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, most daring creation: the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol: the flaxen-haired Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). 
Read more: IMDB
August 14, 1965: The Strangeloves' " I Want Candy" just missed the Top 10 when it peaked  at Number 11 on the Billboard singles chart.
Released in 1965, I Want Candy is the sole LP from the legendary Brothers Strange -- Miles (Bob Feldman), Niles (Richard Gottehrer), and Giles (Jerry Goldstein) -- who may have been touted as wealthy Australian sheepherders, but were in reality three New York Brill Building composers/producers. Their ruse as the Strangeloves started as an attempt to muscle their way back onto record surveys and radio play lists in the wake of the British Invasion pop music phenom. 
Read more: Allmusic

August 14,  1971:  Jean Knight peaked at Number  2 with "Mr. Big Stuff."
"Mr. Big Stuff" was recorded in 1970 at Malaco Studio in Jackson, Mississippi and released by Stax Records. This song is told in anger from the narrator, telling an egotistical man, nicknamed as Mr. Big Stuff, who owns rich cars and fancy clothes, and breaks other girl's hearts, to act maturely to the narrator, demanding that he return her love for him. It was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1972 Grammy Awards. 
Read more: Wikipedia 


August 14, 1976: Paul McCartney & Wings made it into the Top 3 in the US with "Let ‘Em In." 
Wings at the Speed of Sound, released in advance of the triumphant “Wings Over America” tour that kicked off on May 3, 1976, is McCartney in his commercial prime. 

It’s a perfect pop song: a bright, upbeat melody; a lyric so rudimentary it could even be called simpleminded; a breezy, almost throwaway lead vocal. A seemingly disposable confection, yet it’s got a monster hook that lassoes your brain and won’t let go. The same can be said of the album’s other notable song (and second hit single), “Let ’Em In.” 
Read more: Rock and Roll Globe

August 14, 1982: "You Dropped a Bomb on Me"  by The Gap Band debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
"You Dropped A Bomb On Me" is a popular feel-good dance song, but it's actually quite heart-rending. 

The girl meant everything to the singer ("You were my pills, you were my thrills, you were my hope, you were my smoke"), but then she "turned me wrong." So the "bomb" is not a good thing - more likely a breakup that came out of nowhere and devastated the poor guy. This wasn't the only "bomb" to fall in 1982: The go-go group Trouble Funk released their song "Drop The Bomb" that year. 
Read more: Songfacts

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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