Monday, September 13, 2021

Music History Today: September 14, 2021

September 14, 1958: Robert Mitchum entered the Billboard single's chart with "The Ballad of Thunder Road" from the movie Thunder Road. 
Classic Hollywood anti-hero Robert Mitchum moonlighted as a recording artist, first as a calypso performer and later as co-writer and singer of film theme song "The Ballad of Thunder Road."

Thunder Road movie poster

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The theme song for Thunder Road, a film about outlaw moonshiners that's sort of like a non-slapstick Dukes of Hazzard, teamed budding lyricist Mitchum with co-writer Don Raye and composer Jack Marshall. 
September 14, 1963: The Crystals made the Top 5 on the US music chart with "Then He Kissed Me."
"Then He Kissed Me" was written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry and produced by Spector. In 2004, this song was #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 14, 1968: The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts.
This Filmation series The Archies on CBS was based on the popular comic books.  In the TV show,  Archie led a bubble gum rock quintet.

The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show

He and Reggie were guitarists, Betty was the tambourinist, Veronica was the keyboardist, Jughead was the drummer and Hot Dog, Jughead's canine pet, was the conductor. The first episode introduced the song "Bang-Shang-a Lang." 
Read more: TV Tropes 

September 14, 1974: Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff," a song written by Bob Marley, hits Number 1 on the Hot 100. 
By 1974, Clapton was a firmly established guitar hero, but he was only just getting started as a solo artist. 

 

A guitar prodigy, Clapton had dropped out of high school and started busking with acoustic guitars around London as a teenager before joining his first band. 
Read more: Stereogum

September 14, 1985: "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears debuts at Number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
On June 10, 1985, Tears for Fears released “Head Over Heels.” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout” each hit No. 1 in the U.S., while the group’s album, Songs From the Big Chair, was on its way to selling more than 8 million copies worldwide. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

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