Saturday, October 9, 2021

Music History Today: October 9, 2021

October 9, 1986: The Phantom of the Opera premiers at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. 

The Phantom of the Opera premiers at Her Majesty's Theatre in London 

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He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. 

October 9,  1965: "You've Got Your Troubles" by The Fortunes peaked at number 7 in the US.

The Fortunes are a British pop group, formed in Birmingham, England in 1963. Riding in the crest of the British Invasion, they scored their only major US hit “You’ve Got Your Troubles” in 1965. After the success of 1965, the group faced difficulties following it up with another hit Stateside. 

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October 9, 1971: "Wild Night" by Van Morrison entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Wild Night" by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison is the opening track on his fifth studio album Tupelo Honey.

Van Morrison
Van Morrison

Released as a single in 1971, it reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Morrison has continued to perform it in concerts throughout his career and it has been recorded by many artists and bands. 
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October 9, 1976: "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band reaches the top of the Billboard singles chart.

Ludwig Van Beethoven is not the credited songwriter on “A Fifth Of Beethoven,” the strange and infectious disco novelty that eventually hit #1. 

"A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

Instead, that credit went to Walter Murphy, a young ad-jingle writer from Yonkers. Beethoven didn’t mind; he’d been dead for 159 years. Since the Fifth Symphony was part of the public domain, Murphy didn’t have to share songwriting credit with anyone. 

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October 9, 2000: "Oklahoma" by Billy Gilman is released from the album One Voice.

“Oklahoma” is a song written by D. Vincent Williams and John Allen.

Billy Gilman
Billy Gilman

It was recorded and released by Gilman in 2000 under his album “One Voice”. Additionally, the anthem reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album and the single was certified two-times multi-platinum in the United States. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

The Music Of The Night
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