Saturday, October 2, 2021

Music History Today: October 3, 2021

October 3, 1981: Two months after MTV's debut, Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" reaches its peak of number 40 in the US thanks to a video shot in a Los Angeles culvert. 

"Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult was released as the lead single from the band's eighth studio album, Fire of Unknown Origin. 

Blue Öyster Cult album "Burnin' for You"

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The song was co-written by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and rock critic songwriter Richard Meltzer, who wrote lyrics for several of the band's songs. Roeser sang lead vocals on the song (as he also did on the band's biggest chart hit, 1976's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper") in lieu of Blue Öyster Cult's usual lead vocalist Eric Bloom. 

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October 3,  1967:  The Bee Gees recorded "Words."

Barry Gibb has unveiled another preview of his forthcoming all-star collaborative album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1. It’s a duet version with Dolly Parton of the Bee Gees’ classic “Words.”

Dolly Parton, Barry Gibb
Dolly Parton & Barry Gibb

The new rendition was captured at the first recording session for the country-flavored album, which was announced in November alongside its lead track “Words of a Fool,” featuring Jason Isbell. 

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October 3, 1987:  "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes moved from number 73 to 54 on Billboard's singles chart.

Singer-songwriter Frank Previte was the lead singer of the band Franke and the Knockouts. He had some success with the song 'Sweetheart' in 1981, but by 1986 he was without a record deal. 

Dirty Dancing movie poster

In late 1986, producer and head of Millennium Records, Jimmy Ienner, asked Previte to write some music for "a little movie called Dirty Dancing". Previte wrote the lyrics, and the music was written by John DeNicola and Don Markowitz. 
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October 3, 1970: : "Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young made a bold move - from number 59 to 47 - on the US singles chart.

Graham Nash wrote this sentimental tune about his cohabitation with Joni Mitchell in a cottage in LA's Laurel Canyon around 1969. According to Graham Nash's biography Wild Tales, a famous line in this song had a very specific inspiration. He and Joni Mitchell went to an antiques store and she picked out a vase. When they got home, Nash said, "I'll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today." He stopped dead in his tracks and went immediately to the piano. 

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October 3, 1992:  This weeks highest debut on Billboard, at number 48, was "How Do You Talk to an Angel" by The Heights.

Before Aaron Spelling cast Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit on his popular teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210, Walters played a soft-spoken singer on another Spelling drama: The Heights. 

The Heights Aaron Spelling drama series

The short-lived series follows a group of young adults who form a rock band, an idea Spelling borrowed from the 1991 movie The Commitments. He hired Steve Tyrell, a record producer and singer-songwriter, as the show's music supervisor. Tyrell also co-wrote the theme song "How Do You Talk To An Angel" along with then-wife Stephanie Tyrell and songwriter Barry Coffing. 
Read more: Songfacts

Burnin' For You
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