Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Music History Today: October 13, 2021

October 13, 1979: "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"Take the Long Way Home" is the third US single off Supertramp's 1979 album Breakfast in America. According to its composer Roger Hodgson, the song deals with how the desire to go home can go both ways:

"Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp
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"I'm talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife because she treats you like part of the furniture, but there's a deeper level to the song, too. I really believe we all want to find our home, find that place in us where we feel at home, and to me, home is in the heart." 
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October 13, 1958: The Everly Brothers recorded "Problems." 
“Problems” was written by the married duo of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who between the two of them, wrote a number of the Everly Brothers’ biggest hits, as well as “Rocky Top” and “Love Hurts.”
Everly Brothers
Everly Brothers
The sweet harmonies which mark the Everlys work more generally are apparent here. A number of simple guitar flourishes between lines really make the song and its shortness keeps it in and out before it’s possible to get tired of. It’s halfway between country and rock, and the lyrical content fits right in with the country genre. 
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October 13, 1969: Neil Diamond released the single "Holly Holy."

“Holly Holy” is one of the most loved songs by renowned American singer and writer Neil Diamond. But truth be told, the lyrics aren’t the easiest to decipher.

Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

That said, it is beyond clear that both lyrics and music are heavily inspired by Christian music. And the choir’s presence throughout the song makes the gospel music influence upon it even more pronounced. Furthermore, the whole song is filled to the brim with a very potent spiritual atmosphere.  
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October 13, 1973: Stevie Wonder peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard chart with "Higher Ground."

"Higher Ground" is part of Stevie Wonder’s classic “Innervisions” album. A mere three days after that project was released, Wonder was in a car crash which nearly took his life. So many people consider this song to be about said accident.  The song is based on the subject of having a second chance of life. However, Stevie had written, recorded and released this tune before the crash itself. 

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October 13, 1979: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson tops the Hot 100.

Michael Jackson wrote "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" for his 1979 solo album Off the Wall.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

After filming The Wiz, Jackson, who was still a member of The Jacksons, approached the film's musical director, Quincy Jones to ask if he knew of any producers to help with his future solo projects. Jones suggested himself, and they began work on Off the Wall. After listening to hundreds of demos, they decided upon a few to record, including this track. 

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Take The Long Way Home
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