Sunday, August 1, 2021

Music History Today: August 2, 2021

August 2, 1973: American Graffiti premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. 

Good movies about being young in America, like East of Eden, Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider, sometimes receive such gigantic commercial and critical acceptance that they single-handedly create new directions in filmmaking. 

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American Graffiti, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by George Lucas from a screenplay by Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck and the director, is certainly the freshest American movie in years and may well prove to be a watershed film of major importance. The film takes place in Modesto, California, in the early ‘60s, the twilight of American innocence, before drugs, Vietnam, assassination and political protest. During one night the town’s teenagers cruise the city streets in their fancy cars, fighting, dueling, arguing, falling in and out of love. 

Read more:  Hollywood Reporter

August 2, 1975:  "Fight The Power" was number 1 for the Isley Brothers on the R&B chart.

"Fight the Power," recorded by the Isley Brothers, was the first released off their landmark album, The Heat Is On. The song was sparked in a 1975 recording session in which guitarist Ernie Isley, inspired by the news, wrote two songs: "Fight the Power" and an anti-poverty ballad titled "Harvest for the World". The group ended up recording both songs on the same day and eventually picked "Fight the Power" as the song to release first. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 2, 1980: Olivia Newton-John's "Magic," from the Xanadu soundtrack, hits number 1.

The Xanadu movie didn’t do well. The soundtrack, on the other hand, was a serious hit, though nowhere near what the Grease soundtrack had been. 

Xanadu movie poster
Xanadu

The Xanadu soundtrack album went double platinum, and it spun off five different top-40 hits. The biggest of those was Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” — her fourth #1 and, at the time, her biggest hit ever. 

Read more: Stereogum

August 2, 1986: Chicago's former bassist Peter Cetera reached the top of the Billboard Pop chart with his first solo effort, "Glory Of Love."

By 1985, Peter Cetera had called it quits with Chicago. Instead, the former Chicago front-man pivoted to chase his dreams of a solo career. 

Karate Kid II movie poster

He began to test the waters on his own, reaching out to after the producers of Rocky IV, hoping to pitch a ballad he had co-written with his then-wife Diane Nini and longtime Chicago producer David Foster. Instead, he found more luck with the producers of Karate Kid II, who offered Cetera a more rewarding deal for him to supply the sequel with a masterful love song. 

Read more: Totally 80s

August 2, 2002: "Feelin' the Same Way" by Norah Jones was released as a single from her album Come Away with Me.

Come Away with Me is Norah Jones' debut on Blue Note. Mellow, it's an acoustic pop affair with soul and country overtones, immaculately produced by the great Arif Mardin. Jones is not quite a jazz singer, but she is joined by some highly regarded jazz talent: guitarists Adam Levy, Adam Rogers, Tony Scherr, Bill Frisell, and Kevin Breit; drummers Brian Blade, Dan Rieser, and Kenny Wollesen; organist Sam Yahel; accordionist Rob Burger; and violinist Jenny Scheinman. 
Read more: Allmusic

 

American Graffiti
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