Saturday, October 23, 2021

Music History Today: October 24, 2021

October 24, 1978: The movie version of The Wiz, which debuted as a Broadway stage production in 1975, hits theaters.

“The Wiz,” directed by Sidney Lumet, is set in present-day New York City, and finds its locations in fanciful sets suggesting Harlem, Coney Island, school playgrounds, the subway system, and a sweatshop.

“The Wiz” movie poster

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Our heroine, Dorothy, has been transformed from a Kansas teen-ager to a twenty-four-year-old black schoolteacher. And Diana Ross wears the same simple white frock for the entire film and projects a wide-eyed innocence that kind of grows on you. 
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October 24, 1963: Bob Dylan finished recording "The Times They Are a-Changin'" for the album of the same name.

The Bob Dylan music catalog is revered as one of the most iconic in the music industry ever.

Bob Dylan The Times They Are a-Changin' album

The young visionary spawned many timeless classics that have withstood the test of time both in lyrical substance and mass appeal over decades. One such song is “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” a song that touches a sweet spot between protesting for the changes mankind needs and also accepting that some things are just meant to be. 
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October 24, 1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded the song "Teach Your Children" for their  album Déjà Vu.

"Teach Your Children" was written when Nash was a member of the Hollies. It was never recorded by that group in a studio, although a 1983 live recording does exist.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Teach Your Children" photoshoot

Nash, who is also a photographer and collector of photographs, has stated in an interview that the immediate inspiration for the song came from a famous photograph by Diane Arbus, "Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park." 

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October 24, 1970: "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"  by Neil Young entered the US music chart at number 100.

“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” by Neil Young is the third track on his album After the Gold Rush. The song was supposedly written for Graham Nash after Nash’s split from Joni Mitchell, though Young in interviews has been somewhat tentative in admitting or remembering this. Released as a single in October 1970, it became Young’s first top 40 hit as a solo artist, peaking at number 33 in the U.S.  
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October 24, 1987: "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison enters at number 66 on the Billboard single's chart.

After leaving the Beatles, George Harrison had an impressive solo career before his untimely death in 2001 at age 58.

"Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison

Harrison notched five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Of the five, only one was not original to Harrison: “Got My Mind Set on You.” James Ray released the tune in 1962 with high hopes; it followed his debut hit the previous year, “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody.” 
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