Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Music History Today: August 5, 2021

August 5, 2005: The Dukes of Hazzard movie is released with both the Ram Jam and Spiderbait versions of Black Betty. 

In 2004, Australian alternative rock band Spiderbait released a version of "Black Betty" as the lead single from their sixth studio album, Tonight Alright. 

The Dukes of Hazzard movie poster

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This version is a slightly faster re-working of Ram Jam's hard rock arrangement. The song was a hit in Australia, becoming Spiderbait's first number-one single in Australia. The song was released as their debut single in the United States on October 18, 2004.  

Read more: Wikipedia

August 5, 1966: The Beatles released the album Revolver in the U.K. 

All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. 

The Beatles 1966
The Beatles 1966

Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound, including "And Your Bird Can Sing" in a maze of multi-tracked guitars, a charmingly hallucinogenic slice of childhood whimsy in "Yellow Submarine," and the crawling, druggy "I'm Only Sleeping." 
Read more: Allmusic

 

August 5, 1967: Eric Burdon and the Animals debut on the US music singles chart at  73 with "San Franciscan Nights."

The "Summer of Love," was in 1967 and San Francisco was a hot spot for Hippies. 

Eric Burdon and the Animals 1967
Eric Burdon & the Animals 1967

The Animals were from England, but were welcomed in America along with other British Invasion groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. They wrote this song themselves, which takes a stand against the Vietnam War. It starts with a spoken intro urging European listeners to fly to San Francisco so they could understand the song. 

Read more: Songfacts

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August 5, 1972: "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" by Luther Ingram peaks at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" by Luther Ingram topped the R&B chart for four weeks and rose to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about an adulterous love affair, told from the point of view of either the mistress or the cheating spouse, depending on the gender of the performer. Regardless, both parties involved express their desire to maintain the affair, while at the same time acknowledging that the relationship is wrong according to conventional moral standards. 
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August 5, 1995: Blues Traveler makes it into the Top 10 at number 8 with "Run-Around."

The 1990s gave birth to a set of great jam bands like Blues Traveler, The Dave Matthews Band and even the reformed Allman Brothers Band. 

Blues Traveler
Blues Traveler

Bands like Blues Traveler offered a great alternative sound to groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. What separated Blues Traveler from all bands was the extreme talents of John Popper and his extraordinary ability to make the harmonica sound like it never sounded before. Additionally, the man is a great singer and brilliant songwriter. 

Read more: Classic Rock History

Black Betty
Spiderbait

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