Monday, October 18, 2021

Music History Today: October 19, 2021

October 19, 1950:  Patrick Cowley was born Buffalo, New York,

An instrumental contributor to the development of dance music -- post-disco and Hi-NRG in particular -- Patrick Cowley's influence carried far beyond his early-'80s prime. 

Sylvester Do Ya Wanna Funk cover
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Artists including the Pet Shop Boys and New Order considered Cowley a major musical influence on their work. He explored uncharted territories of synthesizer sounds and instrument programming long before modern-day music conveniences. Cowley's extensive work with Sylvester gained him fame and glory as a producer, writer, and musician. 
Read more: Allmusic
October 19, 1958: "Tears on My Pillow" by Little Anthony & the Imperials made it to number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.

“Tears on My Pillow” was written by Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis. The original End Record single credits the group as The Imperials. Subsequent pressings feature lead “Little” Anthony Gourdine and credits “Little Anthony & The Imperials.” D.J. Alan Freed helped to promote the group on the air and gave Gourdine that nickname because of his youthful-sounding falsetto vocals. The nickname became an identifier. 
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

 

October 19, 1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes had the highest debuting single on the US music chart, at number 43, with "Love Child." 

Up until 1968 Diana Ross & The Supremes were America’s Sweethearts, singing their top charting hits such as "Baby Love," "I Hear a Symphony," "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "You Keep Me Hangin’ On."

Love Child album by Diana Ross & the Supremes

But when they showed up on the Ed Sullivan show to sing their latest hit Love Child on Sunday September 29, 1968, a day before the single release, gone were the shiny dresses of their previous performances. Instead there was a shabby over-sized yellow sweat shirt wrapped around Dianna Ross with an Afro wig to match, while her two band mates wore pantsuits and jackets. All three were barefoot. 

Read more: The Music Aficionado

October 19,  1974: Chicago has the highest single entering the US Top 100, at number  56, with "Wishing You Were Here."  

At first, “Wishing You Were Here” seems to have little in common with the jazz-infused tracks of Sides 1 and 2. However, that’s not entirely accurate. The Peter Cetera-written song is immaculately played, with Cetera handling the guitar, Terry Kath going over on the bass and Robert Lamm providing subtle, yet essential acoustic piano. Chicago-based future Rufus keyboardist David “Hawk” Wolinski’s Arp synthesizer contributions are a time stamp on “Wishing You Were Here.” 
Read more: Something Else Reviews

 

October 19, 2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou? was screened at the AFI Film Festival.

The Coen brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Depression-era saga of three men—Everett (George Clooney), Pete (John Turturro), and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson)—who break free of a chain gang to find a buried treasure.  

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

To score this epic, writer-producers Joel and Ethan Coen called on T Bone Burnett, who had also served as the music supervisor on their previous film, 1998’s The Big Lebowski. Burnett saw an opportunity to make the soundtrack a tribute to the classic-roots music he loved. While the soundtrack includes a few vintage tracks, most of it consists of recordings of traditional songs by contemporary artists like Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, and Dan Tyminski; classic bluegrass artists like Ralph Stanley and the Fairfield Four were also drafted. 

Read more: AVC Club


Do You Wanna Funk?
Patrick Cowley (feat. Sylvester)

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