Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Music History Today: September 29, 2021

September 29,  1984: The Cars peak at Number 3 on the Billboard singles chart with "Drive" from their album Heartbeat City.
Those who were around for the magical musical year of 1984 remember The Cars' heartbreaker of a hit, “Drive.” 

The Cars album Heartbeat City

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Unlike “You Might Think” and “Magic,” the turbo-charged hits that preceded it as singles from The Cars smash ’84 album Heartbeat City, “Drive” was a ballad. And while those other two songs were sung by Ocasek, who wrote all the Cars material, he gave “Drive” over to bassist Benjamin Orr to sing. 
September 29, 1954: The original musical version of A Star Is Born, featuring Judy Garland, opens in Hollywood.
In the summer of 1953, George Cukor enthusiastically accepted Sid Luft and Judy Garland’s offer to direct their new musical version of “A Star Is Born.” 

A Star Is Born 1954 featuring Judy Garland poster

“A Star Is Born” would be Cukor’s first musical and also his first picture in color.  The tale of a doomed Hollywood couple, she on the way up while he on the way down, was a remake of the 1937 film with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, and it also resembled Cukor’s “What Price Hollywood?” 
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September 29, 1962: "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric and His Piano peaked at Number 7 on the US music chart.
Bent Fabric is a man, not a group. His real name is Bent Fabricus-Bjerre, and he wrote this under the pseudonym "Frank Bjorn." He's a piano player from Denmark. This was the theme song of popular Danish TV show of same name, hosted by Fabric. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording, 1962. 
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September 29, 1969: Merle Haggard releases "Okie From Muskogee." 
Merle Haggard poured his own life experience into the song that gave him a new signature at the end of the 60s. When he wrote “Okie From Muskogee,” as he told The Boot in 2010, the peerless and fearless country artist was protesting about protesters.

Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard

Haggard wrote “Okie From Muskogee” with the Strangers’ drummer, Eddie Burns, choosing the Oklahoma location (some 50 miles south-east of Tulsa) as a flagship of small-town America. Merle himself was from Oildale, close to Bakersfield. But Haggard’s bloodline ran straight to the place he was singing about. 
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September 29, 1979: Patrick Hernandez peaks at Number 16 on the US singles chart with "Born To Be Alive."
Patrick Hernandez, born in France to a Spanish father and Austrian/Italian mother, wrote "Born To Be Alive" in 1978, but had no success finding a producer who would take the song, until he met Italian producer, Jean Vanloo. 
Patrick Hernandez
Patrick Hernandez
Hernandez and Vanloo recorded the track in a studio in Belgium and released it under the French record label Aquarius in 1978. The song quickly spread to dance clubs throughout Europe and was picked up by the UK record label Gem Records in 1979. 
Read more: Songfacts

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