Sunday, October 3, 2021

Music History Today: October 4, 2021

October 4, 1975: Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" LP hits number 1 in the US and the UK. The album features a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

There is no better song to remember a loved one by than the masterpiece send-off that is Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” Both “Wish You Were Here” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” are songs about death and loss, with the latter explicitly written for former band member Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" LP album art
Wish You Were Here album art

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Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” like most Pink Floyd songs, is a musical journey. Through sparse words and powerful classic rock melodies, the song shares the story of one man’s mortal habitat, his glories and his pains. It pays tribute to Barrett’s life and death and, in doing so, pays tribute to all of us who live and die. 

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October 4, 1969:  At number 66 on Billboard's singles chart, the highest debuting song is "Smile a Little Smile for Me" by The Flying Machine.

"Smile a Little Smile for Me" by The Flying Machine. describes a woman coming to terms with the final ending of a rocky relationship with a man she loved. The singer encourages "Rosemarie" to smile in spite of her pain and tears, because she will soon see that her prospects for a future relationship are bright. It reached No. 5 in the U.S. during the fall of the year. 
Read more: Wikipedia

October 4,  1975: "Letting Go" by Paul McCartney & Wings - at number 74 -  was the highest entry into the Billboard hot 100 chart this week.

Paul McCartney and Wings could hardly have been hotter when their second single from the Venus and Mars album, “Letting Go,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of October 4, 1976. Both the LP itself and its first single, the jaunty, feelgood track “Listen To What The Man Said,” had topped the US chart. The album had also gone to No.1 in the UK and several other European countries. 

Read more: U Discover Music

October 4, 1980: The Rolling Stones entered the Top 100 US chart more than halfway to number 1 at 48 with "She's So Cold."

When the Rolling Stones released “She’s So Cold” as the second single from their 1980 album Emotional Rescue, they’d already caught some heat for experimenting with the disco genre.

Emotional Rescue album

Die-hard fans of the band – which had reached the grand old age of 18 years and started to stir up the decades-long fascination about when its career would end – may not have been happy, but the nightclub vibe had done well for Mick Jagger and company on 1978’s Some Girls. They clearly weren’t ready to give up the experimentation. 

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

October 4, 1986: "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung enters the billboard hot 100 singles' chart.

Wang Chung—one of the most recognizable pop duo acts of the 1980s, comprised of Nick Feldman and Jack Hues—enjoyed a string of hits including “Dance Hall Days” and “Let’s Go,” but reached peak success with 1986’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight.” In the catchy hit, Feldman and Hues implored listeners to “have fun tonight” and “Wang Chung tonight.” Fans in the UK could not Wang Chung as much as they would have liked. That’s because the music video for “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” was banned by the BBC over fears it could cause epileptic seizures. 
Read more: Mental Floss

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