Saturday, September 25, 2021

Music History Today: September 26, 2021

September 26, 1980: Bette Midler's Divine Madness movie, based on one of her concerts the previous year, premieres.
When you think about “Divine Madness” after it's over, you realize what a wide range of material Midler covers. 

Bette Midler's “Divine Madness” movie poster
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She does rock n' roll, she sings blues, she does a hilarious stand-up comedy routine, she plays characters, she stars in bizarre pageantry, and she wears costumes that Busby Berkeley would have found excessive. That's one reason “Divine Madness” doesn't drag: Midler changes pace so often that there's never too much of the same thing. 
Read more: Roger Ebert
September 26, 1960: Connie Francis becomes the first female singer in the Rock and Roll era to have two consecutive number one singles when "My Heart Has a Mind Of Its Own" went to the top of the Billboard chart. 
Connie Francis recorded "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" at Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood over three different sessions with Jesse Kaye and Arnold Maxin acting as producers. 

Gus Levene arranged the orchestration and conducted. Jack Keller brought one of the LA tapes back to New York for a Sax & Guitar overdub at Olmstead Studios. Artie Kaplan and Al Gorgoni were brought in for the sax and guitar overdub. 
Read more: Wikipedia


September 26, 1968: The movie Oliver! is released.
Sir Carol Reed's "Oliver!" is a treasure of a movie. It is very nearly universal entertainment, one of those rare films like "The Wizard of Oz" that appeals in many ways to all sorts of people. 

The movie Oliver!

It will be immediately exciting to the children, I think, because of the story and the unforgettable Dickens characters. Adults will like it for the sweep and zest of its production. And as a work of popular art, it will stand the test of time, I guess. It is as well-made as a film can be. 
Read more: Roger Ebert
September 26, 1969: The Beatles release "Here Comes the Sun."
'Here Comes The Sun’, George Harrison’s second song on Abbey Road, was written on an acoustic guitar in the garden of Eric Clapton’s house in Ewhurst, Surrey. The song expressed Harrison’s relief at being away from the tensions within The Beatles, the troubles with Apple and the various business and legal issues which at the time were overshadowing the group’s creativity. Harrison’s understated use of a Moog synthesiser was a key feature of ‘Here Comes The Sun’. 
Read more: Beatle's Bible 

September 26, 1998: Edwin McCain's "I’ll Be" debuted in the Top 10, at number 7, on Billboards Hot 100 single's chart.
"I'll Be" by Edwin McCain was released as the first single from his second album, Misguided Roses. McCain recorded an acoustic version of the song for his follow-up album, Messenger.

Edwin McCain
Edwin McCain

The radio version of "I'll Be", which was released on a CD-single with "Grind Me in the Gears" as the B-side, differs from the album version. Its opening melody is played with electric guitar (as opposed to acoustic on the album) and the vocal and saxophone lines differ. It peak at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia


I Shall Be Released
Bette Midler

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