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. It's a different and much older song than Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road." 
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. Pitchfork placed it at #18 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s". Billboard named the song #8 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.  
Read more: Wikipedia

September 14, 1968: The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts.
This Filmation series on CBS was based on the popular comic books, chronicling the comic misadventures of Archie Andrews and his friends in the town of Riverdale.

The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show

One element in the TV series not previously featured in the comics was that Archie led a bubble gum rock quintet: 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 legitimately fascinating figure, Clapton was the son of a 16-year-old mother and an absent father, a Canadian soldier, who went off to fight in World War II before Clapton was born. 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,” a song that further solidified the group’s place among the New Wave elite. At the time, the band was enjoying the biggest hot streak of its career. “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

Thunder Road
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