Friday, October 22, 2021

Music History Today: October 22, 2021

October 22, 1983: "Delirious" by Prince peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"Delirious" was more than Prince's second-ever Top 10 single, and more than a hat tip to early heroes like Elvis Presley. It was another signal of his intention to take back rock for black musicians. 

"Delirious" by Prince
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Every flinty rockabilly riff and thank-you-very-much-type mumble broke down another barrier in an era when strict formatting joined broadcast segregation to separate African Americans from one of their rightful cultural inheritances. Thing is, the immediate impetus for this synth-driven, completely solo update of the old Sun Records sound wasn't Presley. 
Read more: Ultimate Prince
October 22, 1969: Led Zeppelin released "Ramble On."
Taken from the iconic sophomore album Led Zeppelin II, the album the quartet released in 1969, the vision for ‘Ramble On’ was one of fantasy from Robert Plant. 

Led Zeppelin II

The singer had become inspired by the work of fantasy fiction writer J.R.R. Tolkein and with the track makes reference to its impact on him with lines like “the darkest depths of Mordor” and “Gollum and the evil one” are both doffs of the caps to the writer. 

October 22, 1966: "See See Rider" by Eric Burdon and the Animals made it to the Top 10 singles in the US.
"See See Rider" is a traditional song that may have originated on the black vaudeville circuit. It is similar to "Poor Boy Blues" as performed by Ramblin' Thomas. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' version of the song, as part of the medley "Jenny Take a Ride!," reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965 the US. In 1966, Eric Burdon & the Animals recorded "See See Rider" for their fourth American album, Animalization. 
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October 22, 1977: "Swayin' To the Music (Slow Dancin’)" by Johnny Rivers topped out at at number 10 on the US music charts.
"Slow Dancin', "written by Jack Tempchin, a minor US hit in 1976 for the band Funky Kings. The song became much better known as "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')" in a 1977 cover version by Johnny Rivers, which became a top ten US hit. It was Rivers' last Top 40 hit in the United States, and became his second Gold record. 
Read more: Wikipedia

October 22, 1976: Bob Seger releases Night Moves, his first studio album to make an impact outside of Michigan.
Bob Seger recorded the bulk of Night Moves before Live Bullet brought him his first genuine success. 

Bob Seger album Night Moves

Throughout much of the album, he's coming to grips with being on the other side of 30 and still rocking. He floats back in time, turning in high-school memories, remembering when wandering down "Mainstreet" was the highlight of an evening. 
Read more: Allmusic


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