Friday, October 22, 2021

Music History Today: October 23, 2021

October 23, 1971: The Who released "Baba O'Riley" from the Who's Next album.
The song “Baba O’Riley”, written by Pete Townshend and performed by The Who, is often incorrectly called “Teenage Wasteland.”

The Who 1971
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The actual name of “Baba O’Riley” was chosen in tribute to famed spiritual leader, Meher Baba, and musician Terry Riley, who provided the philosophical and musical influences for the song itself. Pete Townsend originally wrote the song as a part of the follow up to Tommy, called Lifehouse. The original version of the song made for Lifehouse was actually nearly 30 minutes long. 

 October 23, 1964: The Kinks released the single "All Day and All of the Night" in the UK.

"All Day and All of the Night" by the Kinks from 1964 reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.

The Kinks
The Kinks

Like their previous hit "You Really Got Me", the song is based on a power chord riff. Both songs are similar in beat and structure, with similar background vocals, progressions, and guitar solos. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

October 23, 1965: Len Barry had a hit as his song "1-2-3" moved from number 48 to 19.
Len Barry (credited by his real name: Leonard Borisoff) wrote this with the Philadelphia songwriting/production team of John Madara and David White, who also wrote the hits "You Don't Own Me" and "At The Hop." Madara explained to Forgotten Hits: "We were set to have a writing session at the office for Lenny's recording session, and I walked in with the melody and a title of '1, 2, and 3.' Lenny said, 'Let's make it 1-2-3.' So we sat and wrote the song." 
Read more: Songfacts

October 23, 1976: "Did You Boogie (With Your Baby)" by Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids peaked at number 29 on the Billboard hot 100 single's chart.

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids is an American retro rock 'n' roll band known for their appearance as the band "Herby and the Heartbeats" in the 1973 film American Graffiti and a 1975 episode of Happy Days as the band "Johnny Fish & the Fins". They had chart hits in the 1970s with "Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)," "Good Times, Rock and Roll" and "Did You Boogie (With Your Baby)". 
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October 23, 1982:  Michael McDonald peaked at number 4 with "I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)" from his debut solo album.
Michael McDonald recorded it with his sister Maureen McDonald providing background vocals. It was featured on If That's What It Takes, his first solo album away from The Doobie Brothers. 

Michael McDonald If That's What It Takes

Released as a single, it peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles charts, #7 R&B and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Greg Phillinganes, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto played the clavinet, guitar and drums respectively. Noted bassist Louis Johnson from The Brothers Johnson laid down the song's pronounced bassline. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Baba O'Riley
The Who

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