Thursday, September 16, 2021

Music History Today: September 17, 2021

September 17, 1983: "Modern Love" by David Bowie entered the Billboard Hot 100 single chart.
‘Modern Love’ was the second song that Bowie recorded for the album after its title track ‘Let’s Dance’, recorded in the first few weeks of January 1983. 

"Modern Love" David Bowie photoshoot
David Bowie
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By the time ‘Modern Love’ was issued as a single, one of Bowie’s most notable tours, the Serious Moonlight Tour was underway, and a new era of Bowiedom had begun. The title track of the 1983 album Let’s Dance had re-launched Bowie with a new audience, and he was happy to cash in. 
Read more: Far Out Magazine
September 17,  1923: Country musician Hank Williams was born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.
Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29.

Hank Williams
Hank Williams

In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals became the standard for most popular performers. He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs. 
Read more: Allmusic

September 17, 1960: The Everly Brothers recorded "Walk Right Back."
Elvis wasn't the only rock and roller drafted into the Army; former Crickets guitarist Sonny Curtis was performing in the Everly Brothers' backing band when he got the call in 1959. 

The Everly Brothers
Everly Brothers

Curtis was also a talented songwriter, and when he got a 3-day pass during basic training at Fort Ord, he paid the Everlys a visit in Hollywood and played them his latest song: “Walk Right Back.” Phil & Don quickly worked up their trademark harmonies, entered a recording studio – on this day in 1960 – and emerged with a Top 10 hit. 
Read more: RHINO

September 17, 1961: Ray Charles, at Number 55, had the highest debuting song on the US music chart with the single "Hit the Road Jack."
Certain songs feel like they’ve always existed, to the point where it’s strange to imagine them as being new, as being songs that people would hear on the radio for the first time. “Hit The Road Jack” is one of those. As we experience it today, it’s less a song, more of an all-purpose signifier of the idea that someone should get out. 
Read more: Stereogum

September 17, 1977: "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" by Jimmy Buffett entered the Hot 100.
One reason why Jimmy Buffett's sixth album, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, is his best record yet is simply the sound. Buffett's move from Don Gant, who produced his last four albums, to Norbert Putnam is a serious upgrade. 

Jimmy Buffett 1977
Jimmy Buffett 1977

Putnam, a bassist by trade with a talent for string arranging, specializes in working in Nashville with artists who don't quite belong in Nashville. His production of Eric Andersen's Blue River resulted in a masterpiece, and he's done quality work with the likes of Joan Baez, Neil Young, and Dan Fogelberg, creating a country-pop sound that achieves the crossover such artists crave. Putnam is a perfect fit for Buffett. 
Read more: Allmusic

Modern Love
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